Debut author Olivia Abtahi joins us for a virtual event to share her new young adult rom-com, PERFECTLY PARVIN. In this heartfelt and hilarious debut, frizzy-haired bassoon player Parvin Mohammadi tries to turn the eye of high school heartthrob Matty by pretending to be like the women in her favorite rom-coms, but between the parent-mandated Farsi lessons and the ramifications of the Muslim ban on her family in Iran, Parvin soon realizes that being herself is more important than ever. Olivia will be joined by award-winning author Kate Racculia (TUESDAY MOONEY TALKS TO GHOSTS). Together, they will talk about writing young adult novels, answer audience questions, and face off in a hilarious bassoon battle!
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Fourteen-year-old Iranian-American Parvin Mohammadi sets out to win the ultimate date to homecoming in this heartfelt and outright hilarious debut.
Parvin Mohammadi has just been dumped--only days after receiving official girlfriend status. Not only is she heartbroken, she's humiliated. Enter high school heartthrob Matty Fumero, who just might be the smoking-hot cure to all her boy problems. If Parvin can get Matty to ask her to Homecoming, she's positive it will prove to herself and her ex that she's girlfriend material after all. There's just one problem: Matty is definitely too cool for bassoon-playing, frizzy-haired, Cheeto-eating Parvin. Since being herself hasn't worked for her in the past (see aforementioned dumping), she decides to start acting like the women in her favorite rom-coms. Those women aren't loud, they certainly don't cackle when they laugh, and they smile much more than they talk.
But Parvin discovers that being a rom-com dream girl is much harder than it looks. Also hard? The parent-mandated Farsi lessons. A confusing friendship with a boy who's definitely not supposed to like her. And hardest of all, the ramifications of the Muslim ban on her family in Iran. Suddenly, being herself has never been more important.
Olivia Abtahi's debut is as hilarious as it is heartfelt--a delightful tale where, amid the turmoil of high school friendships and crushes, being yourself is always the perfect way to be.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Olivia Abtahi is a writer and filmmaker born in Washington, DC. When she isn't drafting novels about awkward teens, you can find her working on documentaries about social justice and climate equity. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband and daughter. According to Olivia's senior year bassoon teacher, she was the worst first-chair bassoonist in Northern Virginia.