You can read We Live And Breathe Book's review of THE AUTHENTICS by clicking here, or below: Daria and her friends always believed they were being authentic, being true to themselves. However, after experiencing an existential crisis, Daria begins to question what it means to be authentic. While trying to work through this situation, she learns a lot about herself, her friends, and her family. This story had me hook, line, and sinker from the very beginning. I loved all four of the Authentics immediately, and was thinking how lucky Daria was to have such an awesome group of friends. The title of this book makes you think it is their story, however, this is Daria's story, and I felt fortunate to join Daria on her journey of self-discovery. I have been lucky enough to read quite a few #OwnVoices books lately, which deal with self-discovery and self-identity. I have also
You can read School Library Journal / Teen Librarian Toolbox's review of THE AUTHENTICS by clicking here, or below: Daria, the main character, and her friends Caroline, Joy, and Kurt feel like they are the only ones that are being their authentic selves all the time. Daria is an agnostic Iranian-American; Caroline is a lesbian performance artist; Joy is Nigerian American and raised by strict parents; and Kurt is super into astrology. They feel like they’re real in ways their peers are not, but a whole bunch of different revelations (both big and small) force them to rethink what’s real, what their identities are, and what it even means to be seen as authentic. An assignment in English class about family trees and the journey of many students’ families to the United States propels the Authentics (which, yes, they rather insufferably refer to themselves as) to do a cheek swab
To check out the whole article, click here. Here is what Bustle has to say about THE AUTHENTICS: "The Authentics" is her book's title, but it's also the concept Abdi Nazemian seeks to subvert and re-imagine in her story. Iranian-American Daria Esfandyar and her friends call themselves "the Authentics" because they're proud of their heritage — in contrast to the "Nose Job" Persian girl clique in her high school. But after researching her family history for a school project, Daria uncovers information that sends her sense of identity off-kilter. Nazemian's funny and wholly thought-provoking novel explores culture, family, and how we choose to define ourselves.
Booklist has written a starred review of THE AUTHENTICS. Read below, or check it out by clicking here: Daria despises the pretenses of the so-called Beverly Hills Persian princesses, which include nose jobs, lavish sweet sixteen parties, and ignoring the current state of Iran. That’s why Daria and her friends call themselves the “Authentics.” Daria is proud to own her Iranian heritage, just as the other Authentics embrace their own unique identities. Things begin to unravel when Daria receives the results from a DNA kit that reveal she is actually half Middle Eastern and half Mexican. Dismayed, Daria secretly begins an investigation to find her birth parents. In the sequence of surprises along the way, Daria continually reevaluates the meaning of identity and authenticity. Author Nazemian weaves a network of diverse supporting characters that further explore these themes, such as Daria’s older brother and his Chinese American husband, who