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Darius the Great is a sweet story of an extended family getting to know each other and learning how to love each other while dealing with mental illness. Darius has a difficult time finding medication that works to treat his depression and constantly feels like he doesn’t fit in anywhere, even in his own family. Seeing the difficulties, as well as the triumphs, Darius undergoes make his journey feel very true. It is wonderful to see such a dynamic view of mental illness portrayed in young adult fiction.
The book also dips into the well of family. I love how the relationships between the characters develops over the course of the story. Sibling dynamics, parents/child relationships, and extended family dynamics are all explored. There is good communication between all the characters by the end of the book (even if they struggle at first).