Title: The Authentics
Author: Abdi Nazemian
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: August 8th 2017
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.
The Authentics follows fifteen-year-old Daria Esfandyar, an Iranian-American who is proud of her heritage. Daria and her group of friends call themselves the Authentics because they pride themselves on keeping it real, unlike Daria’s former best friend’s clique called the “Nose Jobs” by the Authentics. But during a genealogy project at school, Daria uncovers a shocking revelation, which launches Daria on a journey of self-discovery during which she uncovers new things about her friends, her family, and even her former best friend.
The Authentics is an engaging and witty coming-of-age novel about culture and identity. I loved our unique, diverse cast of characters, and Abdi Nazemian does a fantastic job of creating such supportive and loving family and friendship dynamics. That, along with our charming and clever protagonist, was such a lovely aspect.
The Authentics is full to the brim with Iranian culture and history and tackled how Daria didn’t feel like she fitted in with the Persian crowd, and later, revolved around coming to terms with a whole new side of herself and a new identity.
And lastly, can we talk about the family dynamics? The family dynamics were complex and ever changing. Their relationship develops so much throughout the novel. Even when in conflict, it was obvious they loved each other. Can we have more YA books focusing on positive family dynamics, please? I additionally adored the Authentics, and how supportive they were. More supportive friendships in YA, please!
Overall, this is a beautiful coming-of-age novel about identity and self-discovery. READ THIS BOOK. If you’re looking for strong, positive family dynamics and friendship groups, or if you’re looking for books brimming with culture and diversity then this is the book for you.
Lauren is a british blogger and book reviewer. She is an avid bookworm, writer and procrastinator extraordinaire. A recent history grad, Lauren is currently grappling with adulthood, finding solace in the written word. As an avid reader of YA literature, she’s a lover of sci-fi, contemporary romance, sister stories, and cute f/f books. Some of her favourite books include Code Name Verity by the incredibly talented Elizabeth Wein, and the soul-crushingly cute The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli.