Scott Ferdowsi has a track record of quitting Writing the Great American Novel Three chapters His summer internship One week 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, Scott s parents pressure him to get serious and settle onScott Ferdowsi has a track record of quitting Writing the Great American Novel Three chapters His summer internship One week 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, Scott s parents pressure him to get serious and settle on a career path like engineering or medicine Desperate for help, he sneaks off to Washington, DC, to seek guidance from a famous professor who specializes in grit, the psychology of success.He never expects an adventure to unfold out of what was supposed to be a one day visit 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 and who he wants to be.
Down and Across Scott Ferdowsi has a track record of quitting Writing the Great American Novel Three chapters His summer internship One week His best friends know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their l
Official blurb Arvin Ahmadi s voice will be a dynamic entry into YA literature DOWN AND ACROSS is a thrilling game changer that touches on the universal journey of self discovery with a deft hand and riotous humor I really love this spirited story of grit and self discovery where failures are respected as a part of life And the main character Scott is a total charmer and the DC cast of characters all struck me with either wonder or adoration and in one case, TOTAL LOATHING, omg, THIS CHARACTER w [...]
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When a book is blurbed by Adam Silvera, the man behind the spectacular, rip your heart out They Both Die at the End, you know it s going to be good, wait, I take that backt just good excellent As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent It s the kind of book that reminds me just how wonderful contemporary YA can be Down and Across is smart, quirky, and incredibly charming Down and Across introduces us to Scott Ferdowsi Scott can t seem to follow through on anything music, writing, inter [...]
An outstanding debut novel Can t wait to gush about it next week on First Reads Friday.
i saw Sabaa Tahir posting about this on Instagrame authors name is SO Iranian that my heart filled with joy and my TBR list got proud of having it in
2.5 5 formerly 3 A solid, cute read I loved the character development and sheer relatability of all the characters I liked that each person clearly had their own unique personality traits, and even though some elements seemed overplayed teenage kid in existential crisis is inspired by gruff mentor, finds Meaning Of Life To be honest, for books with this type of plot I would recommend The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan over this one, but can t hurt to read Down and Across to tide you over until [...]
Visit Stay Bookish for book reviews CROSSWORD CLUESNote All bold words with an asterisk is a synonym of the corresponding word in the puzzle These days it feels like every step I take is setting me up for the rest of my life ACROSS2 Down and Across is wonderful and I absolutely enjoyed the story and characters 3 It s surprising how Ahmadi s words just jump at you and tug at your heartstrings But gosh, Scott s search for true grit was so inspiring And his Dad s reaction to Scott running away So [...]
It s truly a rare and magical moment when you come across a book that speaks to you not on a few levels but in so many ways that you can t even count ha, see what I did there.Down and Across by debut author Arvin Ahmadi is a true gem It is a coming of age story that follows Saaket Scott Ferdowsi, a high school student who is trying to figure out what to do over the summer Sounds like every other story, right WRONG.What Arvin Ahmadi does so well in his novel is that he introduces a main character [...]
I loved this book so stupid much The characters are all so well developed and the main character s struggle to find his future path is something all teenagers and many adults will relate to Extremely necessary and timely and also laugh out loud funny.
Down and Across was a great coming of age story I d recommend to everyone, really Charming, witty and really fun to read, this is also a journey about trying to find yourself and why it s okay if it takes time If it s a work in progress, because after all, we are never entirely finished here Arvin Ahmadi is definitely a new voice in the YA industry that I will follow for a while because, if that s his debut, then the rest of the stories he has to tell promises to be really, really good Full revi [...]
I received an ARC of this thanks so much to Penguin, but it did not change my opinion in any form or way This was an intriguing one I m a bit torn on the true rating, but this was adorable and fun and made me pretty happy at times, so I m going with a 3.5 and raised up to four Let s talk about Scott, first, because I really, really enjoyed him He was fun, he was so realistic, and he really shone as a main character Seriously, I feel like Ahmadi picked a random real life teen off the street and j [...]
Actual rating 4.5 out of 5 stars I received a review copy from the publisher which in no way swayed my opinion about the work.Smart, funny and exceedingly relatable, Down and Across is a solid debut from YA newcomer Arvin Ahmadi.It centers on sixteen year old Iranian American Scott Ferdowsi who doesn t quite know what to do in life He has tried several clubs in school and has considered and changed career paths one too many times His strict immigrant parents want him to take things seriously and [...]
Scott has a hard time with sticking to his decisions He starts things, such as his internship, but doesn t see those things through to the end When his parents leave to go to Iran to look after his ill grandfather, Scott decides that instead of going to his internship, he s going to find Cecily Mallard, the great psychology professor who specialized on grit, the psychology of success There, he meets Fiora, crossword enthusiast, and Trent, political aspirant These two help him in his journey towa [...]
I was drawn to this book for two main reasons First, it s about a boy who comes to DC, not knowing anyone, and ends up learning about himself than he ever expected I too came to DC as a stranger and learned a lot about myself in 2008 Circumstances were very different I was an adult and had a job and apartment lined up But I have great memories of discovering DC for the first time and enjoyed seeing the city through the eyes of the main character, Saaket The second reason was much simpler I m a [...]
Rating 4.5 StarsI love a good coming of age story, and with Down and Across I got a GREAT coming of age story Pro Scott was fab u los I couldn t get enough of him and his musings Being in his head was a total treat too Loved him Pro The side characters in this book were very well crafted From the major to the minor players, each character had something that made you give them your attention Pro I loved the whole grit concept, and thought the short profiles on people, who Scott considered gritty [...]
Down and Across is your classic coming of age story I loved the protagonist Scott Saaket , who is trying to figure out what he wants from life.This book reminded me of Mosquitoland in some ways the adventure is about the journey What I think this book struggled with was weaving in the big moments with the small There s a build up to some Changes with a capital C for Scott, but the path to get there was slow and mundane at times I wanted to truly love and root for him, Trent and Fiora, but I felt [...]
Can t wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing up adventure story withossword puzzles Trust me on this one You ll be remiss if you miss.
Down and Across is about the Iranian Scott who is forced by his father to do an internship he doesn t want to do But Scott doesn t know what he does want to do in his life I could definitely relate to Scott Like him, I ve spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to do in life, rethinking my choices and so on, but like him, I realized that not everything needs to be planned out He is a very relatable character and also a very likable one I think a lot of teens and older readers too could [...]
The story of directionless, young Saaket Scott won me over with and interesting plot and incredibly engaging characters Scott is every 16 year old being forced to decide their future before they truly know themselves Scott s dangerous adventure of discovery as he travels to find the one person he believes can help him decide his path is full of well rounded characters and thought provoking moments My one demerit is that I really dislike the manic pixie girl trope and the plot depends greatly on [...]
This review originally appeared on the book review blog Just One More Pa i ge Two steps forward, one back Five forward, twelve back Left, right, diagonal, down, across, and right back around to the block We re all just trying to keep moving Sometimes we know where we re going and sometimes we get lost But as long as we move, we grow A few things drew me to this book One, the adorable crossword puzzle cover Two, the recommendation by Adam Silvera I just recently read my first book by him and, tho [...]
Just finished this on audiobook Loved the characters, the story, and the message I could relate to Scott so much Such a fun read
This was one of my favorite YA books I have read in a long time It is very much about real things that teenagers and people are dealing with racial identity, immigrant parents, mental health, dating, and figuring out who you are It reminded me of being a teenager exploring DC and rebelling against my parents, or at least convincing myself I was The writing is great and even the metaphors are enjoyable The characters are diverse and a microcosm of any summer in DC, particularly Foggy Bottom More [...]
I found this to be a really cute fast read I enjoy character driven contemporary reads and Scott was such a quirky, interesting kid that I could not help but to love and that s not even mentioning the random people he meets on his spontaneous journey, all so different but necessary He tried to find his purpose and goals, as well as himself and somehow keep who he was culturally I have not read very many YA books with male main characters or too many YA books written by male authors to be complet [...]
How should I put it How do I talk about this book without sounding biased, even if it is just a temporary review Saaket Ferdowsi spoke to me His story gave me chills, because I was just as lost as he was My mind cannot form coherent sentences on how much I can relate to him despite a majority of dissimilarities Arvin Ahmadi has made a novel now close to my heart, and I cannot wait for other teens like Scott and I to read this book so we can be gritty together.Obvious rating 5 5 stars.
I think Arvin Ahmadi, as a writer and author, definitely has something to bring to the market, but I was hoping for something than this.The story is charming, believable, and spontaneous in that new age way, but it just didn t do anything for me I didn t feel entirely connected to any of the characters and it was all a bit too whimsical for me.
A good debut novel from Arvin Great message Life doesn t always have to be so serious and we shouldn t get so set on our future that we forget to live in the now Cute story I want of Trent
3.5 stars Will write once I have my thoughts written down.
DOWN AND ACROSS is heartwarming and humorous contemporary YA that gives readers a realistic look at self discovery and identity Scott, Fiora, and Trent felt like friends, and Ahmadi does an excellent job creating the crippling pressure Scott s parents have placed upon him After his parents are pulled overseas for a family emergency, Scott ditches the internship his father set up for him and instead takes a bus to Washington DC, determined to find Professor Mallard and figure out how to get gritt [...]
I liked this book, every tiny black white square of this book.You don t need to be an immigrant to feel like you don t belong and you don t need strict parents to stress over your future We all are Saaket I really hope we will find our side of being gritty sooner or later