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
Real Screen announced news of Abdi's latest project with World of Wonder, an adaptation of the documentary OUT OF IRAQ. Read the complete piece here, or below: Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato‘s prodco World of Wonder is slated to adapt the Emmy Award-winning documentary Out of Iraq into a scripted film. Co-directed by Academy- and Emmy Award-winner Eva Orner and Chris McKim, the doc follows the story of two Iraqi men – Nayyef, a U.S. translator, and B’too, an Iraqi soldier – who fall in love and flee Iraq after one of them becomes the target of an honor killing. World of Wonder served as producers on the award-winning doc. The documentary originally aired on LGBT-focused net Logo, and was feted with the 2017 Outstanding Special Class Special Emmy. Attached to pen the fictional script is Water’s
Publisher's Weekly has written a positive review of Abdi's YA debut THE AUTHENTICS. Read the complete review here, and below: What begins as an English class assignment transforms into a messy but fulfilling journey of self-discovery for a Beverly Hills teen in this first YA title from screenwriter and novelist Nazemian (The Walk-in Closet). The project is simple: the students must present the stories of how they got to where they are today, but 15-year-old Daria Esfandyar gets startling results from a genealogy test she takes with her friends, learning that she is half Mexican and not fully Iranian as she thought. Struggling with her sense of self after determining that she was adopted, Daria buries the hurt and betrayal she feels toward her parents and sets out to fin d her biological mother. She finds the woman’s stepson first and romantic sparks fly. Nazemian raises thought-provoking questions about what “authenticity”
Awards Daily interviewed Abdi about Menendez: Blood Brothers. Click here for the full interview. An excerpt:
This is the first time you’ve tackled crime, what made you want to explore this genre?I was in high school when the Menendez trials happened, and we were all really fascinated by it. So much so that I remember having a party when Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills aired. Everyone came in tennis clothes. That was a long time ago. Now, as a writer, I think what true crime gives us is a lens through which we can to look at social issues. When I got the chance to write this movie, what I was so taken by is how much of the story I missed back then because it was so easy to get lost in the narrative of spoiled rich kids who murdered their parents. Looking at it now as an adult and through
The WOW Report has a comprehensive rundown of all the press coverage for MENENDEZ: BLOOD BROTHERS, written by Abdi. Click here for the rundown, which includes interviews with the cast and filmmakers, reviews, and clips of Courtney Love talking about the film on Good Morning America and Late Night with Seth Meyers.