The Authentics by Abdi NazemianThe Authentics by Abdi Nazemian

The Authentics

byAbdi Nazemian

Hardcover | August 8, 2017

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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?

Abdi Nazemian’s first novel, The Walk-In Closet, won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Debut. He has written four produced films, including The Quiet, Beautiful Girl, and Celeste in the City. Abdi is an alumnus of the Sundance Writer’s Lab, has been a mentor at the Outfest Screenwriter’s Lab, has taught screenwriting at UCLA Extension...
Title:The AuthenticsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.97 inPublished:August 8, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062486462

ISBN - 13:9780062486462


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching, Insightful Diverse Book! Such a thought provoking book! This story had just about every type of relationship represented. There were so many different versions of family and friendship depicted! “The Authentics” is a beautiful story about finding your true identity and where you fit in and belong. I laughed, I cried! If you've ever felt like a tourist in your own life, like you don’t really know if or where you belong (which I think just about every teenager feels at least once), you will appreciate everything about this book.
Date published: 2017-08-04

Editorial Reviews

“Surprisingly powerful…will appeal to any reader searching for identity and belonging, particularly those whose lives include two different cultures.”