Good Mental Health Representation

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This is a book about a boy who visits Iran to meet his extended family. Along the way, he makes friends and joins a soccer team. Darius struggles with depression and you can tell from every page how much it effects him in day to day life. In my opinion, this book has accurate representation of what depression can look like in someone, especially a teenager who is struggling with a lot of other issues in their life. I also like how there were subtle queer elements to it. We need more young adult books like this that have diversity and intersectionality in them. This is not an easy read and there are several sections that took me a long time to be able to get through and emotionally digest. You probably won't be able to read this in a day, but the story is worth the read. This book wasn't my personal favorite, but I would still recommend it to everyone because the story itself is very good.