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Down and Across av Arvin Ahmadi
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Down and Across (utgåvan 2019)

av Arvin Ahmadi (Författare)

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Humor (Fiction.) Young Adult Fiction. Young Adult Literature. HTML:"John Green fans will appreciate this tale." ??USA Today
"[A] humorous, deeply human coming-of-age story." ??The Washington Post

Scott Ferdowsi has a track record of quitting. His best friends know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives, but Scott can hardly commit to a breakfast cereal, let alone a passion. With college applications looming and his parents pushing him to settle on a ??practical? career, Scott sneaks off to Washington, DC, seeking guidance from a famous psychologist who claims to know the secret to success.
 
He never expects an adventure to unfold. But that??s what Scott gets when he meets Fiora Buchanan, a ballsy college student whose life ambition is to write crossword puzzles. When the bicycle she lends him gets Scott into a high-speed chase, he knows he??s in for the ride of his life.
 
Soon, Scott finds himself sneaking into bars, attempting to pick up girls at the National Zoo, and even giving the crossword thing a try??all while opening his eyes to fundamental truths about who he is an
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Medlem:catericc
Titel:Down and Across
Författare:Arvin Ahmadi (Författare)
Info:Penguin Books (2019), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
Samlingar:Blue Cover, Ditt bibliotek
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teen fiction (perseverence, friendship, college student life & politics in DC with Iranian-American protagonist).
I wasn't that into the cruciverbalist bits--I enjoy crossword puzzles, and Fiora's Crossword Crusaders club friends were cool, but I think the puzzle construction parts might not hold interest for some readers. I *did* really like the characters in here: lost but luckier-than-he-knows Saaket, kindness-personified Trent, and impulsive and vulnerable Fiora--and they are really what make this story so great. The character of Jeanette would have seemed exaggerated and extreme ten years ago but unfortunately no longer seems so implausible--I maybe would have liked to have seen some sort of redeeming morsel revealed in her personality, rather than having her turn out to be even more horrible than suspected (I keep hoping that there's some way we can better understand each others' perspectives rather than widening the gap that divides us ever deeper and wider), but I liked how the problem she caused got resolved at the end. Still, I'm thinking that the readers that pick up this book with its Iranian-American author and an Iranian-American main character will naturally support the diverse characters and are not likely to take offense at the depiction of the Alt-Right.

Ahmadi mentions several current teen fiction authors in his acknowledgments, and I am glad that they are all providing support for one another in putting out more diverse reads than ever. Definitely more, please!

parental note: contains f-bombs, lots of drinking, smoking, sexual situations. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
While Scott/Saaket Ferdowsi's parents are visiting his grandfather in Iran, he runs away to consult a professor of psychology at Georgetown University in Washington DC who is branching out into inspirational self-help articles and videos.

While it's a quick, smooth read I didn't really feel much interest in any of the characters and their antics. Given the title and the patterning of the cover and the chapter headings, there should have been a lot more about crosswords. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Jan 27, 2020 |
Ahmadi uses the teenage experience to build an adventure that is very close to a crossword puzzle. The story is charming because it's incredibly unpredictable. You think Fiona and Scott might fall in love. You think Trent might do something other than what he's doing. You think that at some level Scott might get caught before his adventure is over. This narrative is for the teenagers and adults who need to be remind that it's fine if you're a crazy person that doesn't follow predictable influences on the way to your success. I need a book like this one to remind me that my uniqueness as person is indefinitely incomplete. And it was comforting to know that intersections matter even if we cannot predict where the road goes. ( )
  HaroldMillican | Dec 15, 2019 |
I saw this on the bookstore shelf in South Carolina during our spring road trip. It reached out and tweaked my nose. All these months later, I was glad to have it come off my hold list. I truly enjoyed this story about a 16-yr-old Iranian American boy "running away" to Washington DC from home in PA while his parents are in Iran for a family visit. ( )
  joyblue | Dec 12, 2018 |
This was a really great YA novel about what it means to have grit! The book was funny, and sweet, and all about coming into one's identity.

Scott is a teenager who just doesn't know what he wants to do and feels the pressure to live up to everyone's expectations. Unfortunately, this pressure causes him to give up quite easily - until he decides to become a "grittier" individual. I really connected a lot with Scott's character - I know what it's like to be lost and not know what you want to do with life. This confusion and struggle was depicted in a wonderfully humorous context that kept me interested the entire way. I wanted to know Scott would rise up to the occasion and how his encounter with Fiora would change him.

While I loved Scott's character, Fiora was a bit too eccentric for me. I definitely understand why the author made her the way he did, and I have no problems with her being crazy and zany.... but there were times when her behaviour really confused me and just wasn't necessary. I did love her addiction to crossword puzzles; that was a really unique feature of the story and I enjoyed reading about Fiora and Scott bonding through them. I also thought it was awesome that the author made a crossword at the end of the book for the reader to solve!

Overall, this was a really nice coming-of-age story about identity, motivation, and grit! I'm giving it a solid 4/5 stars!

Thank you to Penguin Random House and the First to Read program for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

For more reviews, check out: www.veereading.wordpress.com ( )
  veeshee | Jan 29, 2018 |
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Humor (Fiction.) Young Adult Fiction. Young Adult Literature. HTML:"John Green fans will appreciate this tale." ??USA Today
"[A] humorous, deeply human coming-of-age story." ??The Washington Post

Scott Ferdowsi has a track record of quitting. His best friends know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives, but Scott can hardly commit to a breakfast cereal, let alone a passion. With college applications looming and his parents pushing him to settle on a ??practical? career, Scott sneaks off to Washington, DC, seeking guidance from a famous psychologist who claims to know the secret to success.
 
He never expects an adventure to unfold. But that??s what Scott gets when he meets Fiora Buchanan, a ballsy college student whose life ambition is to write crossword puzzles. When the bicycle she lends him gets Scott into a high-speed chase, he knows he??s in for the ride of his life.
 
Soon, Scott finds himself sneaking into bars, attempting to pick up girls at the National Zoo, and even giving the crossword thing a try??all while opening his eyes to fundamental truths about who he is an

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