YA Recs: Funny in Farsi

Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas



Funny in Farsi is Firoozeh Dumas’s autobiographical account of growing up Iranian in America. Dumas tells stories of her family’s immigration to the US in the 1970s.

Why I liked it:

True to the title, this book is funny. I particularly like the way Dumas casts her family. We really get to know them and enjoy their unique personalities.

YA Recs: The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love

The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash



Graham has been in love with his best friend, Roxy, for years. When their favorite comic writer comes to comic con, Graham decides to use the special occasion to declare his love for Roxy. However, Graham’s carefully laid schemes soon go awry, leaving him wondering if a geek boy can ever really get the girl.

Why I loved it:

First of all, I’ve been very into YA contemporary that deals with geek culture lately. Mainly, though, I loved this book because I fell in love with the characters. Graham is an absolute sweetheart and the type of guy I would totally date. I also love that Graham’s story manages to simultaneously feel epic and realistic.

YA Recs: Dark Sons

Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes



Sam feels betrayed when his father leaves him and his mother to marry another woman. He struggles with his faith and his father’s devotion to his new family. Sam’s story is paralleled by the Biblical account of Ishmael.

Why I loved it:

This novel is written in verse, and I think that element is well done. Although I have never been in a situation like Ishmael and Sam’s, I was able to feel deeply for their challenges. The book provides believable dynamic characters, and I loved seeing how the characters progressed over the course of the book.