How It All Blew Up
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How It All Blew Up

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Arvin Ahmadi has written a novel that is authentic, hilarious and heart-wrenching all at once. A unique point of view combined with riveting storytelling, How It All Blew Up will grab you from the first page and won't let go - Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of THE HATE U GIVE and ON THE COME UP

Eighteen-year-old Amir Azadi always knew that coming out to his Muslim family would be messy, but he wasn't expecting it to end in an airport interrogation room. Now, he's telling his side of the story to the stern-faced officer.

Amir has to explain why he ran away to Rome (boys, bullies, blackmail) and what he was doing there for a month (dates in the Sistine Chapel, friends who helped him accept who he is, and, of course, drama) . . . all while his mum, dad and little sister are being interrogated in the room next door.

A nuanced take on growing up brown, Muslim and gay in today's America, HOW IT ALL BLEW UP is the story of one boy's struggle to come out to his family, and how that painful process exists right alongside his silly, sexy romp through Italy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 21mm | 250g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781471409929
  • 61,485

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Compelling, clever, and achingly honest. A book for anyone who has ever grappled with who they are and who they want to be. Katherine Webber Katherine Webber
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Compelling, clever, and achingly honest. A book for anyone who has ever grappled with who they are and who they want to be. -- Katherine Webber * Katherine Webber * This wild ride of a novel is all about finding your true self in the unlikeliest of places * iNews *
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About Arvin Ahmadi

Arvin Ahmadi is the author of two previous critically-acclaimed novels, Down and Across (2018) and Girl Gone Viral (2019). He grew up outside Washington DC, graduated from Columbia University, and worked in the tech industry prior to becoming a full-time writer. When he's not reading or writing books, he can be found watching late-night talk-show interviews and editing Wikipedia pages. He lives in New York City.
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2,662 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 29% (761)
4 42% (1,109)
3 23% (617)
2 5% (128)
1 2% (47)
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