Down and Across, Arvin Ahmadi

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Title: Down and Across

Author: Arvin Ahmadi

Pages:  336

Genre: YA, contemporary fiction, coming of age

Is this part of a series?  No.

Publish date: February 6th, 2018


Scott Ferdowsi is amazing at quitting- the tar, the great American novel…. just about every school club.  This summer, he has an internship that goes the way of the tar.  Something has clicked- Grit.  His dad talked about it before his parents left for Iran.  Is this really the key to success?  Where can he get some?  His friends have their futures mapped out- they have goals and plans.  Him… nada.  What’s a guy to do?  Run away of coarse!

There’s a professor in DC that specializes in Grit.  Who better to teach him the basics?  His first real adventure kicks off meeting a beautiful stranger on the bus.  Ballsy and gorgeous Fiora Buchanan, crossword puzzle creator extraordinaire.  What was meant to be a one day trip snowballs into the craziest few weeks of his life.  Political bartenders, picking up chicks at the zoo, and learning the true meaning of not giving up.

My thoughts:

I loved this book.  It was fast paced and entertaining with great characters.  I felt for Scott even when I wanted to strangle him- let’s face it, some of the stuff he did was pretty dumb.  But that’s growing up right?  All his life his parents have been over protective, and his father has pushed for him to go into high profile, high paid jobs.  There’s a lot of stress there for a young man with zero clue what he really wants out of life.  All he knows is that he wants to know.  He wants to be passionate about something, so move forward.  That in and of itself interested me; the way he went about trying to find his passion- his grit.

I will admit that the ending made me just a bit crazy.  It was too clean.  Just too easy, you know?  I felt a tiny bit let down.  For me this was a four and a half star book.  I loved it, but it wasn’t stellar.  normal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star ratingnormal star rating2000px-Half_Star_Yellow.svg

On the adult content scale, there’s some language and alcohol.  It’s nothing major and I would let my niece read this one (actually, I am probably buying her this one).  I would give it a three.  General.svg

I was lucky enough to get an eARC of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review.  My thanks.  first to read

The book comes out 2-06-2018, are you ready?

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