Down and Across

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 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 Scott Ferdowsi has a track record of quitting. Writing the Great American Novel? Three chapters. His summer internship...

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Title:Down and Across
Author:Arvin Ahmadi
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:Down and Across
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:329 pages pages

Down and Across Reviews

  • Lauren
    Dec 02, 2017

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

  • (a)lyss(a)
    Dec 02, 2017

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

    Can't wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing-up/adventure story with...crossword puzzles. Trust me on this one. You'll be remiss if you miss. ...

    *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 fou...

    *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-Amer...

    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 ...

    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 more 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...

    2.5/5 This was...okay? Funny, smart, and a little moving, but all in spurts. I didn't feel like it came together cohesively enough to make for a truly memorable read. I'm a huge fan of crosswords, so I was really hoping that I would connect with this one, but it felt like an assembl...

    Rating: 4.5 Stars I 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 ...

    "He'd assert himself in all matters Fiora like he knew the girl better than she knew herself." I received a copy of this ebook from firsttoread.com in exchange for an honest review. Holy manic pixie dream girl batman! This is the kind of book that makes me wonder if I'm too ...

  • Adam Silvera
    May 24, 2016

    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 wh...

  • Adeeb
    Feb 05, 2018

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

  • Lisa
    Oct 15, 2017

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

    Can't wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing-up/adventure story with...crossword puzzles. Trust me on this one. You'll be remiss if you miss. ...

    *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 fou...

    *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-Amer...

    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 ...

    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 more 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...

    2.5/5 This was...okay? Funny, smart, and a little moving, but all in spurts. I didn't feel like it came together cohesively enough to make for a truly memorable read. I'm a huge fan of crosswords, so I was really hoping that I would connect with this one, but it felt like an assembl...

    Rating: 4.5 Stars I 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 ...

    "He'd assert himself in all matters Fiora like he knew the girl better than she knew herself." I received a copy of this ebook from firsttoread.com in exchange for an honest review. Holy manic pixie dream girl batman! This is the kind of book that makes me wonder if I'm too ...

    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...

  • Laura
    Aug 23, 2017

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

  • Hazel (Stay Bookish)
    Feb 10, 2018

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

  • Mina
    Mar 06, 2018

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

    Can't wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing-up/adventure story with...crossword puzzles. Trust me on this one. You'll be remiss if you miss. ...

    *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 fou...

    *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-Amer...

    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 ...

    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 more 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...

    2.5/5 This was...okay? Funny, smart, and a little moving, but all in spurts. I didn't feel like it came together cohesively enough to make for a truly memorable read. I'm a huge fan of crosswords, so I was really hoping that I would connect with this one, but it felt like an assembl...

    Rating: 4.5 Stars I 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 ...

    "He'd assert himself in all matters Fiora like he knew the girl better than she knew herself." I received a copy of this ebook from firsttoread.com in exchange for an honest review. Holy manic pixie dream girl batman! This is the kind of book that makes me wonder if I'm too ...

    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...

    I think Arvin Ahmadi, as a writer and author, definitely has something to bring to the market, but I was hoping for something more 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 connect...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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?r...

    "Something inside me was convinced I had the potential to change. I'd figure out my passion one day, but for now, I was living. And that was important." "Grit is the ability to learn and fail and learn some more. That ability is fluid, not fixed. You have the power to change." "F...

  • just.one.more.paige
    Jan 17, 2018

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

    Can't wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing-up/adventure story with...crossword puzzles. Trust me on this one. You'll be remiss if you miss. ...

    *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 fou...

    *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-Amer...

    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 ...

    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 more 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...

    2.5/5 This was...okay? Funny, smart, and a little moving, but all in spurts. I didn't feel like it came together cohesively enough to make for a truly memorable read. I'm a huge fan of crosswords, so I was really hoping that I would connect with this one, but it felt like an assembl...

    Rating: 4.5 Stars I 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 ...

    "He'd assert himself in all matters Fiora like he knew the girl better than she knew herself." I received a copy of this ebook from firsttoread.com in exchange for an honest review. Holy manic pixie dream girl batman! This is the kind of book that makes me wonder if I'm too ...

    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...

    I think Arvin Ahmadi, as a writer and author, definitely has something to bring to the market, but I was hoping for something more 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 connect...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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?r...

  • Marie
    Jan 29, 2018

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

  • Erin Glover
    Mar 21, 2018

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

  • Shelumiel Delos Santos
    Nov 27, 2017

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

    Can't wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing-up/adventure story with...crossword puzzles. Trust me on this one. You'll be remiss if you miss. ...

    *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 fou...

    *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-Amer...

  • Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
    Nov 02, 2017

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

    Can't wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing-up/adventure story with...crossword puzzles. Trust me on this one. You'll be remiss if you miss. ...

    *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 fou...

    *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-Amer...

    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 ...

  • Adriana
    Dec 01, 2017

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

    Can't wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing-up/adventure story with...crossword puzzles. Trust me on this one. You'll be remiss if you miss. ...

    *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 fou...

    *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-Amer...

    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 ...

    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 more 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...

    2.5/5 This was...okay? Funny, smart, and a little moving, but all in spurts. I didn't feel like it came together cohesively enough to make for a truly memorable read. I'm a huge fan of crosswords, so I was really hoping that I would connect with this one, but it felt like an assembl...

    Rating: 4.5 Stars I 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 ...

    "He'd assert himself in all matters Fiora like he knew the girl better than she knew herself." I received a copy of this ebook from firsttoread.com in exchange for an honest review. Holy manic pixie dream girl batman! This is the kind of book that makes me wonder if I'm too ...

    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...

    I think Arvin Ahmadi, as a writer and author, definitely has something to bring to the market, but I was hoping for something more 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 connect...

    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 ...

    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 th...

  • Katherine Paschal
    Jan 10, 2018

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

    Can't wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing-up/adventure story with...crossword puzzles. Trust me on this one. You'll be remiss if you miss. ...

    *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 fou...

    *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-Amer...

    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 ...

    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 more 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...

    2.5/5 This was...okay? Funny, smart, and a little moving, but all in spurts. I didn't feel like it came together cohesively enough to make for a truly memorable read. I'm a huge fan of crosswords, so I was really hoping that I would connect with this one, but it felt like an assembl...

    Rating: 4.5 Stars I 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 ...

    "He'd assert himself in all matters Fiora like he knew the girl better than she knew herself." I received a copy of this ebook from firsttoread.com in exchange for an honest review. Holy manic pixie dream girl batman! This is the kind of book that makes me wonder if I'm too ...

    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...

    I think Arvin Ahmadi, as a writer and author, definitely has something to bring to the market, but I was hoping for something more 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 connect...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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?r...

    "Something inside me was convinced I had the potential to change. I'd figure out my passion one day, but for now, I was living. And that was important." "Grit is the ability to learn and fail and learn some more. That ability is fluid, not fixed. You have the power to change." "F...

    Remember in the beginning of the year, I was all like, "New Year Resolution to write more reviews"? And then it was working out great for all of January but after that I kind of stopped? (Let's be honest, February was kind of a bust for me on goodreads in general. I didn't read that mu...

    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 ...

    This is genuinely one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. ...

    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. ...

  • Lia
    Jan 26, 2018

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

    Can't wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing-up/adventure story with...crossword puzzles. Trust me on this one. You'll be remiss if you miss. ...

    *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 fou...

    *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-Amer...

    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 ...

    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 more 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...

    2.5/5 This was...okay? Funny, smart, and a little moving, but all in spurts. I didn't feel like it came together cohesively enough to make for a truly memorable read. I'm a huge fan of crosswords, so I was really hoping that I would connect with this one, but it felt like an assembl...

    Rating: 4.5 Stars I 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 ...

    "He'd assert himself in all matters Fiora like he knew the girl better than she knew herself." I received a copy of this ebook from firsttoread.com in exchange for an honest review. Holy manic pixie dream girl batman! This is the kind of book that makes me wonder if I'm too ...

    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...

    I think Arvin Ahmadi, as a writer and author, definitely has something to bring to the market, but I was hoping for something more 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 connect...

    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 ...

  • Denise St Pierre
    Feb 27, 2018

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

    Can't wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing-up/adventure story with...crossword puzzles. Trust me on this one. You'll be remiss if you miss. ...

    *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 fou...

    *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-Amer...

    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 ...

    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 more 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...

    2.5/5 This was...okay? Funny, smart, and a little moving, but all in spurts. I didn't feel like it came together cohesively enough to make for a truly memorable read. I'm a huge fan of crosswords, so I was really hoping that I would connect with this one, but it felt like an assembl...

  • Emma Stein
    Jun 07, 2016

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

    Can't wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing-up/adventure story with...crossword puzzles. Trust me on this one. You'll be remiss if you miss. ...

  • Filipe
    Apr 16, 2018

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

    Can't wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing-up/adventure story with...crossword puzzles. Trust me on this one. You'll be remiss if you miss. ...

    *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 fou...

    *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-Amer...

    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 ...

    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 more 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...

    2.5/5 This was...okay? Funny, smart, and a little moving, but all in spurts. I didn't feel like it came together cohesively enough to make for a truly memorable read. I'm a huge fan of crosswords, so I was really hoping that I would connect with this one, but it felt like an assembl...

    Rating: 4.5 Stars I 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 ...

    "He'd assert himself in all matters Fiora like he knew the girl better than she knew herself." I received a copy of this ebook from firsttoread.com in exchange for an honest review. Holy manic pixie dream girl batman! This is the kind of book that makes me wonder if I'm too ...

    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...

    I think Arvin Ahmadi, as a writer and author, definitely has something to bring to the market, but I was hoping for something more 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 connect...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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?r...

    "Something inside me was convinced I had the potential to change. I'd figure out my passion one day, but for now, I was living. And that was important." "Grit is the ability to learn and fail and learn some more. That ability is fluid, not fixed. You have the power to change." "F...

    Remember in the beginning of the year, I was all like, "New Year Resolution to write more reviews"? And then it was working out great for all of January but after that I kind of stopped? (Let's be honest, February was kind of a bust for me on goodreads in general. I didn't read that mu...

    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 ...

    This is genuinely one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. ...

  • Mandy
    Feb 08, 2018

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

    Can't wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing-up/adventure story with...crossword puzzles. Trust me on this one. You'll be remiss if you miss. ...

    *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 fou...

  • Sabrien Abdelrahman
    Feb 22, 2018

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

    Can't wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing-up/adventure story with...crossword puzzles. Trust me on this one. You'll be remiss if you miss. ...

    *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 fou...

    *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-Amer...

    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 ...

    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 more 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...

    2.5/5 This was...okay? Funny, smart, and a little moving, but all in spurts. I didn't feel like it came together cohesively enough to make for a truly memorable read. I'm a huge fan of crosswords, so I was really hoping that I would connect with this one, but it felt like an assembl...

    Rating: 4.5 Stars I 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 ...

    "He'd assert himself in all matters Fiora like he knew the girl better than she knew herself." I received a copy of this ebook from firsttoread.com in exchange for an honest review. Holy manic pixie dream girl batman! This is the kind of book that makes me wonder if I'm too ...

    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...

    I think Arvin Ahmadi, as a writer and author, definitely has something to bring to the market, but I was hoping for something more 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 connect...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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?r...

    "Something inside me was convinced I had the potential to change. I'd figure out my passion one day, but for now, I was living. And that was important." "Grit is the ability to learn and fail and learn some more. That ability is fluid, not fixed. You have the power to change." "F...

    Remember in the beginning of the year, I was all like, "New Year Resolution to write more reviews"? And then it was working out great for all of January but after that I kind of stopped? (Let's be honest, February was kind of a bust for me on goodreads in general. I didn't read that mu...

  • Samantha - WLABB
    Aug 04, 2017

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

    Can't wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing-up/adventure story with...crossword puzzles. Trust me on this one. You'll be remiss if you miss. ...

    *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 fou...

    *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-Amer...

    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 ...

    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 more 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...

    2.5/5 This was...okay? Funny, smart, and a little moving, but all in spurts. I didn't feel like it came together cohesively enough to make for a truly memorable read. I'm a huge fan of crosswords, so I was really hoping that I would connect with this one, but it felt like an assembl...

    Rating: 4.5 Stars I 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 ...

  • Maya
    Feb 18, 2018

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

    Can't wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing-up/adventure story with...crossword puzzles. Trust me on this one. You'll be remiss if you miss. ...

    *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 fou...

    *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-Amer...

    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 ...

    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 more 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...

    2.5/5 This was...okay? Funny, smart, and a little moving, but all in spurts. I didn't feel like it came together cohesively enough to make for a truly memorable read. I'm a huge fan of crosswords, so I was really hoping that I would connect with this one, but it felt like an assembl...

    Rating: 4.5 Stars I 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 ...

    "He'd assert himself in all matters Fiora like he knew the girl better than she knew herself." I received a copy of this ebook from firsttoread.com in exchange for an honest review. Holy manic pixie dream girl batman! This is the kind of book that makes me wonder if I'm too ...

    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...

    I think Arvin Ahmadi, as a writer and author, definitely has something to bring to the market, but I was hoping for something more 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 connect...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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?r...

    "Something inside me was convinced I had the potential to change. I'd figure out my passion one day, but for now, I was living. And that was important." "Grit is the ability to learn and fail and learn some more. That ability is fluid, not fixed. You have the power to change." "F...

    Remember in the beginning of the year, I was all like, "New Year Resolution to write more reviews"? And then it was working out great for all of January but after that I kind of stopped? (Let's be honest, February was kind of a bust for me on goodreads in general. I didn't read that mu...

    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 ...

  • Josie
    Feb 22, 2018

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

    Can't wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing-up/adventure story with...crossword puzzles. Trust me on this one. You'll be remiss if you miss. ...

    *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 fou...

    *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-Amer...

    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 ...

    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 more 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...

    2.5/5 This was...okay? Funny, smart, and a little moving, but all in spurts. I didn't feel like it came together cohesively enough to make for a truly memorable read. I'm a huge fan of crosswords, so I was really hoping that I would connect with this one, but it felt like an assembl...

    Rating: 4.5 Stars I 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 ...

    "He'd assert himself in all matters Fiora like he knew the girl better than she knew herself." I received a copy of this ebook from firsttoread.com in exchange for an honest review. Holy manic pixie dream girl batman! This is the kind of book that makes me wonder if I'm too ...

    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...

    I think Arvin Ahmadi, as a writer and author, definitely has something to bring to the market, but I was hoping for something more 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 connect...

    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 ...

    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 th...

    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?r...

    "Something inside me was convinced I had the potential to change. I'd figure out my passion one day, but for now, I was living. And that was important." "Grit is the ability to learn and fail and learn some more. That ability is fluid, not fixed. You have the power to change." "F...

    Remember in the beginning of the year, I was all like, "New Year Resolution to write more reviews"? And then it was working out great for all of January but after that I kind of stopped? (Let's be honest, February was kind of a bust for me on goodreads in general. I didn't read that mu...

    Just finished this on audiobook. Loved the characters, the story, and the message. I could relate to Scott so much. Such a fun read ...

  • Rachel Strolle
    Jan 12, 2018

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

  • YA Wednesdays
    Jan 20, 2018

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    An outstanding debut novel. Can't wait to gush about it next week on First Reads Friday. ...

  • Immacolata
    Feb 02, 2018

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the authors name is SO Iranian that my heart filled with joy and my TBR list got proud of having it in! ...

  • Alexis Jackson
    Jan 26, 2018

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

    Can't wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing-up/adventure story with...crossword puzzles. Trust me on this one. You'll be remiss if you miss. ...

    *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 fou...

    *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-Amer...

    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 ...

    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 more 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...

    2.5/5 This was...okay? Funny, smart, and a little moving, but all in spurts. I didn't feel like it came together cohesively enough to make for a truly memorable read. I'm a huge fan of crosswords, so I was really hoping that I would connect with this one, but it felt like an assembl...

    Rating: 4.5 Stars I 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 ...

    "He'd assert himself in all matters Fiora like he knew the girl better than she knew herself." I received a copy of this ebook from firsttoread.com in exchange for an honest review. Holy manic pixie dream girl batman! This is the kind of book that makes me wonder if I'm too ...

    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...

    I think Arvin Ahmadi, as a writer and author, definitely has something to bring to the market, but I was hoping for something more 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 connect...

  • Kathleen
    Nov 22, 2017

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...

    Maybe it's because I coincidentally read three books with Persian protagonists in a row, but this novel did not move me. The writing seems to be at a third of fourth grade level so I was insulted. The themes are not left to figure out--they are spelled out by the author. Teen reade...

    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. ...

    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 Saa...

    "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 fini...

    Can't wait to read the final version, but this book is a must read for anyone hankering for a growing-up/adventure story with...crossword puzzles. Trust me on this one. You'll be remiss if you miss. ...

    *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 fou...

    *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-Amer...

    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 ...

    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 more 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...

  • Shereen Lee
    Feb 19, 2018

    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 wh...

    Across 1. Amazing 3. Wonderful 4. I loved it Down 2. Yes 5. You should read it 6. Thanks for asking ...

    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...no, wait, I take that back...not just good excellent. As it turns out, Down and Across is indeed excellent. It's the kind of book th...

    Visit Stay Bookish for more book reviews! Crossword Clues Note: 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." Across 2. Down and Across is w...

    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 Instagram.the 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 insp...