Viking Books for Young Readers How It All Blew Up
Viking Books for Young Readers How It All Blew Up

How It All Blew Up

By Arvin Ahmadi

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Publication Date: September 22, 2020

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Ages 14 And Up, Grades 9 And Up

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda goes to Italy in Arvin Ahmadi’s newest incisive look at identity and what it means to find yourself by running away.

Eighteen-year-old Amir Azadi always knew coming out to his Muslim family would be messy—he just didn’t think it would end in an airport interrogation room. But when faced with a failed relationship, bullies, and blackmail, running away to Rome is his only option. Right?

Soon, late nights with new friends and dates in the Sistine Chapel start to feel like second nature…until his old life comes knocking on his door. Now, Amir has to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth to a US Customs officer, or risk losing his hard-won freedom.

At turns uplifting and devastating, How It All Blew Up is Arvin Ahmadi’s most powerful novel yet, a celebration of how life’s most painful moments can live alongside the riotous, life-changing joys of discovering who you are.

About the Author

Arvin Ahmadi grew up outside Washington, DC. He graduated from Columbia University and has worked in the tech industry. When he’s not reading or writing books, he can be found watching late-night talk show interviews and editing Wikipedia pages. Down and Across is his first novel, followed by Girl Gone Viral.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, New York

Author Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia

Format: Hardcover

Length: 288 pages

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: September 22, 2020

ISBN: 9780593202876

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