The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian

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Read The Authentics Online Free - The Authentics is a fresh, funny, and insightful novel about culture, love, and family—the kind we are born into and the ones we create.

Daria Esfandyar is Iranian-American and proud of her heritage, unlike some of the “Nose Jobs” in the clique led by her former best friend, Heidi Javadi. Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics, because they pride themselves on always keeping it real.

But in the course of researching a school project, Daria learns something shocking about her past, which launches her on a journey of self-discovery. It seems everyone is keeping secrets. And it’s getting harder to know who she even is any longer.

With infighting among the Authentics, her mother planning an over-the-top sweet sixteen party, and a romance that should be totally off limits, Daria doesn’t have time for this identity crisis. As everything in her life is spinning out of control—can she figure out how to stay true to herself?

Title : The Authentics
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ISBN : 0062486683
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Lola rated it ★★★☆☆

July 26, 2017

3 1/2 stars. I don’t remember ever reading a novel about an Iranian American heroine and I’ve finished more than a thousand books. That is a problem. There should be more books like this one. And it’s not as though the author mentions this about Daria and then moves on. Not at all. He talks about...

leenahreads rated it ★★★★★

April 04, 2017

I have so much, and i mean so much!!!, to say about this book. It was thought-provoking, touching, and enlightening in so many ways. *emotionally crying* The Authentics is a story about culture, identity and self-discovery. Daria is about to turn 16 years old, and as part of her class assignment...

Camryn rated it ★★★★☆

January 25, 2018

This was slow at first, but ended up being really funny and sweet and pulled at my heartstrings by the end.

katayoun rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 16, 2017

and i so wanted to read this and so was thinking it's going to be good...i think i read it all and gave it the 2 stars just for that hope that never materialized, if the mc was not iranian i wouldn't have given it even 2 stars or lasted till the end, if the mc was not this pseudo-charicature-not...

Meli rated it ★★★☆☆

March 04, 2017

Es entretenido y me copó que lo protagonizara una joven de una cultura tan rica e interesante como la persa. Peeeeeeero, la historia está bastante tirada de los pelos, algunas cosas son irritantes y, en general, es pasatista. No es un libro que genere gran impacto.

Kayla (Kayla's Book Nook) rated it ★★★★☆

July 16, 2017

I requested The Authentics from the Indigo newsletter because it sounded extremely diverse- I haven't read much about the Iranian culture and I am interested in reading about as many different ones as possible. Plus, that cover is gorgeous! I ended up really enjoying this book, as was expected, bu...

Sam rated it ★★★★★

August 10, 2017

Rating: 4.5 Stars This was such a beautiful journey of self-discovery and appreciation for those who love you and you love back. Daria and her friends always believed they were being authentic, being true to themselves. However, after experiencing an existential crisis, Daria begins to question wh...

Stephanie rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 26, 2017

I really wanted to like this book, I really did. You don't often seen Iranian MCs, especially in a book that focuses so heavily on performative identity, culture, gender, and relationships with other women. Yet, it was executed so ridiculously poorly. So much of this book thrives off of women hati...

Shenwei rated it ★★★★★

August 11, 2017

I wasn't expecting to love this as much as I did, but it actually made me tear up a tiny bit close to the end. loved the diverse supporting cast, which includes other POC and queer ppl and QPOC(!). There were several instances of ableist language though so cw/tw for ableism toward mental illness.

Deborah rated it ★★★☆☆

August 27, 2017

2.75 stars I liked a lot of the ideas but the execution didn't wow me.

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