Kirkus gave Abdi's YA debut novel THE AUTHENTICS a starred review. Read it here, or below: Fifteen-year-old Daria is determined to fight against her mother’s party-planning for the extravagant Sweet 16 she doesn’t want, but the battle she is not prepared for comes when she discovers family secrets that turn her world upside down. Daria is proud of her Iranian culture but wants no part of the posh Beverly Hills Persian community. She finds solace with the Authentics, her small, diverse group of friends who have proven to her that they are real, and she nurses resentment toward the Nose Jobs, a group of pretentious Persian princesses led by her former best friend, Heidi. When Daria begins researching her family history for a school project, she makes some unexpected discoveries that challenge her senses of herself and her family. She loses trust in her parents and turns to her friends, but
People Magazine chose THE AUTHENTICS as their "Teen Pick," calling the novel, "astute" and "thoroughly absorbing." See below for two images from the print edition of People Magazine. Yes, it was reviewed just under Hillary Rodham Clinton's book!
Abdi discussed his novels, fatherhood, being a gay Iranian writer, and Madonna on the LGBTQ&A podcast with Jeff Masters. Watch below. If you want to listen to the podcast, go here: http://apple.co/2hKQkfg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLQLVDNlEPw
The Monitor has highly recommended THE AUTHENTICS to its readers. Read their review by clicking here. Here is what they had to say: “The Authentics” follows Daria, an Iranian American heroine with a pure heart of gold. Readers are able to live a different life through Daria and experience a culture that may be new to them. Reading diverse books, teaches compassion and empathy to the reader and is something that is needed in this day and age. Family, friendship, and cultural identity take center stage in this one and it is fantastic.
UCLA congratulated Abdi on his debut YA novel, THE AUTHENTICS. Check it out by clicking here. Here is what Abdi had to say: “I learned a lot about writing from taking classes in the Writers’ Program, but perhaps even more from teaching in it. From my students, I learned how to nurture new ideas, stay focused, and retain a sense of optimism and inspiration. Teachers truly learn more from students than vice versa. My latest novel is the most personal piece of writing I’ve ever done, and tells a quintessentially Los Angeles story, so I’m especially excited to share it with the UCLA Extension community.”
Lit For Kids published their review of THE AUTHENTICS. You can read it by clicking here, or below: Daria is a young teen, proud of her Iranian-American heritage and fast friends with her gang who call themselves “The Authentics” because of their commitment to continuing to be real, not fake. There are problems, of course; there is no love lost between Daria and her former best friend who leads a clique of girls that Daria calls “the Nose Jobs.” But life continues to get more complicated, as research into her past for a school project uncovers secrets. Daria is a delightful and believable protagonists. She worries about her appearance, wonders what her first kiss will be like, and struggles to find her niche among her friends. What I really loved was the the range of cultures, including:insights into the contemporary high school social world, Daria’s gay brother’s marriage and