Austin American-Statesman chose THE AUTHENTICS as one of the books that will expand the mind this school year. Read the piece by clicking here. Here's what they had to say: Daria knows she’s not like the stuck-up Persian princesses who populate her L.A. high school. She may be forced to celebrate their sweet 16s at Insta-worthy bashes, but she and her real friends — self-dubbed “The Authentics” (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99) are secure in the knowledge that they focus on what really matters about their differing backgrounds and their place in the world. But when Daria researches her family history for a school project, she discovers that her heritage is much more complex than she thought. Abdi Nazemian’s debut novel for young adults is full of humor as he plumbs the multiple layers that fuse into identity.