Perfectly Parvin

Olivia Abtahi

Book - 2021

"After being dumped at the beginning of freshman year, Iranian-American Parvin Mohammadi sets out to win the ultimate date to Homecoming"--

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Young adult fiction
New York : Putnam/G. P. Putnam's Sons [2021]
Physical Description
310 pages ; 22 cm
Ages 12+.
Grades 7-9.
Main Author
Olivia Abtahi (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Parvin Mohammadi, 14, couldn't be more excited about starting high school with a boyfriend. But on the very first day of school, Wesley dumps her—he says she's "too loud." Well, Parvin's got the perfect revenge plan lined up: if she can get smoking hot sophomore Matty Fumero to ask her to the homecoming dance, then Wesley will be eating his words. Only what if Wesley was right, and Parvin's too loud, too Iranian, and generally too much for anyone to be interested in her? So starts Operation Act Like a Rom-Com Heroine, wherein Parvin decides to put away the Cheetos, clamp down on her instincts to talk a lot, wax off all her body hair, and nab herself a boyfriend. In her debut, Abtahi deftly navigates Parvin's transitional life phase, equipping her heroine with enough humor and moxie to see her through even the toughest challenges. Depth is added through Parvin's relationships with her father, who was born in Iran, and her white American mother, who each understand different parts of her, as well as with Parvin's growing friendship with a boy in her Farsi class who, much to Parvin's confusion, seems to like her best when she's her loudest self. Though it has its serious moments, especially in Parvin's growing understanding of Islamophobia in America, this is ultimately a joyful celebration of the right to take up space in the world. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 6–10—Abtahi's charming debut will have readers cheering for Parvin as she navigates her freshman year of high school. Fourteen-year-old Iranian American Parvin Mohammadi is elated as she prepares to start high school in her Northern Virginia town. She's just scored her first kiss from her first boyfriend and she and her friends, crafter-extraordinaire Ruth and social media sensation Fabian, are ready to take on James K. Polk High. Only Parvin is quickly dumped by her boyfriend, who tells her she's "too much." Parvin launches an initiative to tone down her voice, her hair, and her style, in order to catch the attention of a cute sophomore in time for the Homecoming dance. But she soon discovers that being demure like a rom-com heroine is difficult, as Parvin juggles Farsi lessons, changing friendships, and waiting for her aunt's visit from Iran. Parvin is an incredibly charming, funny, and lovable protagonist who greets life with unbridled enthusiasm. Ruth, who is Korean, and Fabian, who is Mexican, are wonderful counterparts who support but challenge Parvin as they deal with their own issues. Parvin's parents and aunt are fully realized characters who get to the heart of Parvin's Iranian heritage as she navigates her two cultures with vim. A visa issue highlights immigration bans in the United States, giving readers a personal look at a complex political issue. VERDICT A truly delightful story about a charming and engaging teen navigating freshman year.—Elissa Bongiorno, Washington, DC Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Heartbroken and humiliated when she is dumped just days into her first relationship, Iranian American Parvin Mohammadi struggles to remain true to herself while attempting to prove to a school heartthrob that she is rom-com girlfriend material. A first novel. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"After being dumped at the beginning of freshman year, Iranian-American Parvin Mohammadi sets out to win the ultimate date to Homecoming"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.