The Authentics

The Authentics

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Daria Esfandyar is an Iranian American fiercely proud of her heritage. She 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. Suddenly, 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.
Publisher: New York : Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, 2017
ISBN: 9780062486462
0062486462
Branch Call Number: YF Naze
Characteristics: 282 pages ; 22 cm

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Maria_Wa
Jun 24, 2018

This book was great from beginning to end and definitely shed light on topics I haven't read much about before. The story was nice and I enjoyed reading it. I found the characters fun and relatable, and most importantly, realistic. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys coming-of-age stories, romance, and self-discovery, primarily of one's culture.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 05, 2018

My advice; don’t read this book. It was a waste of my time and was one of the most infuriating novels I have ever laid my eyes upon. Don’t mistake the beautiful cover for anything, don’t mistake the fact that we have a culturally diverse Persian character as the protagonist; just don’t. It is so poorly written and was highly offensive to me because the protagonist was downright rude. I’m all for negative characters being protagonists but this was just grotesque and horribly executed. The characters may have been labeled as “The Authentics” but I can assure you their actions and dialogues were fake and disturbing. Daria is a Persian girl who discovers she is adopted and decided to find her birth mother. That’s about as far as I could get before I had to stop; because mixed in with that plotline were diva parties, nose jobs and who knows what else. Do yourself a favour and (I’m repeating myself) don’t read this book!
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

PimaLib_LoisM Nov 09, 2017

The Authentics is a beautifully written YA novel that focuses on the theme of cultural identity. Daria is Iranian American, and learns all about her heritage (including some surprises) while working on a school project.

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