ADIB KHORRAM at Books Inc. Berkeley

Author image of Adib Khorram and Mason Deaver and cover photo of his book The Break Up Lists

Books Inc. Berkeley proudly welcomes best-selling and award-winning author of Darius the Great is Not Okay, Adib Khorram, in celebration of his newest novel THE BREAKUP LISTS!

Adib will be joined in conversation by Mason Deaver.

Love is more complicated than “boy meets boy” in bestselling author Adib Khorram’s sharply funny new romantic comedy, set in the sordid world of high school theater

Jackson Ghasnavi is a lot of things—a techie, a smoothie afficionado, a totally not obsessive list-maker—but one thing he’s not is a romantic. And why would he be? He’s already had a front row seat to his parents’ divorce and picked up the pieces of his sister Jasmine’s broken heart one too many times.

No, Jackson is perfectly happy living life behind the scenes—he is a stage manager, after all—and keeping his romantic exploits limited to the breakup lists he makes for Jasmine, which chronicle every flaw (real or imagined) of her various and sundry exes.

Enter Liam: the senior swim captain turned leading man that neither of the Ghasnavi siblings stop thinking about. Not that Jackson has a crush, of course. Jasmine is already setting her sights on him and he’s probably—no, definitely—straight anyway.

So why does the idea of eventually writing a breakup list for him feel so impossible?


★ “Khorram (Kiss & Tell, 2022) has written an irresistibly readable novel that builds on the tropes of a traditional rom-com. It has a carefully constructed…empathetic and fully realized characters…and sensitive treatment of Jackson’s disability. We're already putting this on the list of the year’s finer novels. — Booklist, starred review

★ “This sweet, slow-burn sibling love triangle with an added sprinkling of family drama rivals Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper(2020) in its cuteness and appeal…Love deserves a standing ovation in this multilayered exploration of what it truly means to feel seen.”— Kirkus, starred review


Adib Khorram lives in Kansas City, Missouri. When he isn't writing, you can probably find him trying to get his hundred-yard freestyle under a minute, learning to do a Lutz jump, or steeping a cup of oolong. His debut novel, Darius the Great Is Not Okay, earned several awards, including the William C. Morris Debut Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. He is also the author of Darius the Great Deserves Better, Kiss and Tell, and the picture book Seven Special Somethings: A Nowruz Story.

Born and raised in a small town in North Carolina, Mason Deaver is an award-nominated, bestselling author and designer living in Charlotte. Their debut novel, I Wish You All the Best, was named a Junior Library Guild Selection and an NPR Concierge Book. Besides writing, they're an active fan of horror movies and video games. You can find them online at

Event date: 
Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc. Berkeley
1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94710
The Breakup Lists By Adib Khorram Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593616390
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Published: Dial Books - April 2nd, 2024

Okay, Cupid By Mason Deaver Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338777697
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Published: PUSH - January 2nd, 2024