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

  • Kelly
    Apr 24, 2018

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    First off, the Iranian rep was amazing! I loved reading about Saaket (Scott) and his family dynamics, it was interesting and I learned a lot. I could relate to Scott's uncertainty of the future, and his quest for grit is wonderful in this book. I only wish the side characters di...

    "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...

    i like doing crossword puzzle on sunday morning. during my breakfast and my me time. filling out the puzzle based on the clue given. this book is like a cross word puzzle. but without the clue how to fill it out. so i fel like i am staring at blank pages. DNF. ...

    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! ...

    I picked this up because it seemed like a fun, whirlwind adventure about discovering yourself even you find yourself filled with uncertainty about your future. I think trying to answer the age-old question, "What do you want to do with your life" is a very universal concept that so man...

    This is an *excellent* John Green alike, filled with a cast of diverse characters of color and sexuality. So often, I see the "if readers like John Green" tossed onto any contemporary YA, but this one actually takes so many of the elements of his books and does them similarly without b...

  • Kelsey
    Apr 26, 2018

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    First off, the Iranian rep was amazing! I loved reading about Saaket (Scott) and his family dynamics, it was interesting and I learned a lot. I could relate to Scott's uncertainty of the future, and his quest for grit is wonderful in this book. I only wish the side characters di...

    "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...

    i like doing crossword puzzle on sunday morning. during my breakfast and my me time. filling out the puzzle based on the clue given. this book is like a cross word puzzle. but without the clue how to fill it out. so i fel like i am staring at blank pages. DNF. ...

    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! ...

    I picked this up because it seemed like a fun, whirlwind adventure about discovering yourself even you find yourself filled with uncertainty about your future. I think trying to answer the age-old question, "What do you want to do with your life" is a very universal concept that so man...

    This is an *excellent* John Green alike, filled with a cast of diverse characters of color and sexuality. So often, I see the "if readers like John Green" tossed onto any contemporary YA, but this one actually takes so many of the elements of his books and does them similarly without b...

    3.75 You should read this book if you like: Diverse YA fiction, coming of age stories, cruciverbalists, Washington, D.C. adventures, questioning your place in the world, multipotentialites, beautiful slippery-pickle crossword girls, grabbing life by the balls ...

  • Syndi
    Jun 01, 2018

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    First off, the Iranian rep was amazing! I loved reading about Saaket (Scott) and his family dynamics, it was interesting and I learned a lot. I could relate to Scott's uncertainty of the future, and his quest for grit is wonderful in this book. I only wish the side characters di...

    "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...

    i like doing crossword puzzle on sunday morning. during my breakfast and my me time. filling out the puzzle based on the clue given. this book is like a cross word puzzle. but without the clue how to fill it out. so i fel like i am staring at blank pages. DNF. ...

  • Lauren
    Dec 02, 2017

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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...

  • Carlos
    Dec 05, 2018

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    First off, the Iranian rep was amazing! I loved reading about Saaket (Scott) and his family dynamics, it was interesting and I learned a lot. I could relate to Scott's uncertainty of the future, and his quest for grit is wonderful in this book. I only wish the side characters di...

    "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...

    i like doing crossword puzzle on sunday morning. during my breakfast and my me time. filling out the puzzle based on the clue given. this book is like a cross word puzzle. but without the clue how to fill it out. so i fel like i am staring at blank pages. DNF. ...

    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! ...

    I picked this up because it seemed like a fun, whirlwind adventure about discovering yourself even you find yourself filled with uncertainty about your future. I think trying to answer the age-old question, "What do you want to do with your life" is a very universal concept that so man...

    This is an *excellent* John Green alike, filled with a cast of diverse characters of color and sexuality. So often, I see the "if readers like John Green" tossed onto any contemporary YA, but this one actually takes so many of the elements of his books and does them similarly without b...

    3.75 You should read this book if you like: Diverse YA fiction, coming of age stories, cruciverbalists, Washington, D.C. adventures, questioning your place in the world, multipotentialites, beautiful slippery-pickle crossword girls, grabbing life by the balls ...

    Such a great book, it doesn?t romanticize life or people and it had a good message for teenagers, not everyone has the right answers , but if you keep at it you?ll find out that you knew all along what you needed. You will find people along the way and you?ll stop seeing them too...

  • Adam Silvera
    May 24, 2016

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    First off, the Iranian rep was amazing! I loved reading about Saaket (Scott) and his family dynamics, it was interesting and I learned a lot. I could relate to Scott's uncertainty of the future, and his quest for grit is wonderful in this book. I only wish the side characters di...

    "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...

    i like doing crossword puzzle on sunday morning. during my breakfast and my me time. filling out the puzzle based on the clue given. this book is like a cross word puzzle. but without the clue how to fill it out. so i fel like i am staring at blank pages. DNF. ...

    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! ...

    I picked this up because it seemed like a fun, whirlwind adventure about discovering yourself even you find yourself filled with uncertainty about your future. I think trying to answer the age-old question, "What do you want to do with your life" is a very universal concept that so man...

    This is an *excellent* John Green alike, filled with a cast of diverse characters of color and sexuality. So often, I see the "if readers like John Green" tossed onto any contemporary YA, but this one actually takes so many of the elements of his books and does them similarly without b...

    3.75 You should read this book if you like: Diverse YA fiction, coming of age stories, cruciverbalists, Washington, D.C. adventures, questioning your place in the world, multipotentialites, beautiful slippery-pickle crossword girls, grabbing life by the balls ...

    Such a great book, it doesn?t romanticize life or people and it had a good message for teenagers, not everyone has the right answers , but if you keep at it you?ll find out that you knew all along what you needed. You will find people along the way and you?ll stop seeing them too...

    *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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    It's never too late to take over the steering wheel of your life. Everything works out in the long run. I can't put into words how much I loved this book. It made me laugh, it made me reflect, truly think about life, it made me cy... It was both a light read and a deep one. It was p...

    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

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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...

  • Marie
    Jan 29, 2018

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    First off, the Iranian rep was amazing! I loved reading about Saaket (Scott) and his family dynamics, it was interesting and I learned a lot. I could relate to Scott's uncertainty of the future, and his quest for grit is wonderful in this book. I only wish the side characters di...

    "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

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    First off, the Iranian rep was amazing! I loved reading about Saaket (Scott) and his family dynamics, it was interesting and I learned a lot. I could relate to Scott's uncertainty of the future, and his quest for grit is wonderful in this book. I only wish the side characters di...

    "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...

    i like doing crossword puzzle on sunday morning. during my breakfast and my me time. filling out the puzzle based on the clue given. this book is like a cross word puzzle. but without the clue how to fill it out. so i fel like i am staring at blank pages. DNF. ...

    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! ...

    I picked this up because it seemed like a fun, whirlwind adventure about discovering yourself even you find yourself filled with uncertainty about your future. I think trying to answer the age-old question, "What do you want to do with your life" is a very universal concept that so man...

    This is an *excellent* John Green alike, filled with a cast of diverse characters of color and sexuality. So often, I see the "if readers like John Green" tossed onto any contemporary YA, but this one actually takes so many of the elements of his books and does them similarly without b...

    3.75 You should read this book if you like: Diverse YA fiction, coming of age stories, cruciverbalists, Washington, D.C. adventures, questioning your place in the world, multipotentialites, beautiful slippery-pickle crossword girls, grabbing life by the balls ...

    Such a great book, it doesn?t romanticize life or people and it had a good message for teenagers, not everyone has the right answers , but if you keep at it you?ll find out that you knew all along what you needed. You will find people along the way and you?ll stop seeing them too...

    *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

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    First off, the Iranian rep was amazing! I loved reading about Saaket (Scott) and his family dynamics, it was interesting and I learned a lot. I could relate to Scott's uncertainty of the future, and his quest for grit is wonderful in this book. I only wish the side characters di...

    "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...

    i like doing crossword puzzle on sunday morning. during my breakfast and my me time. filling out the puzzle based on the clue given. this book is like a cross word puzzle. but without the clue how to fill it out. so i fel like i am staring at blank pages. DNF. ...

    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! ...

    I picked this up because it seemed like a fun, whirlwind adventure about discovering yourself even you find yourself filled with uncertainty about your future. I think trying to answer the age-old question, "What do you want to do with your life" is a very universal concept that so man...

    This is an *excellent* John Green alike, filled with a cast of diverse characters of color and sexuality. So often, I see the "if readers like John Green" tossed onto any contemporary YA, but this one actually takes so many of the elements of his books and does them similarly without b...

    3.75 You should read this book if you like: Diverse YA fiction, coming of age stories, cruciverbalists, Washington, D.C. adventures, questioning your place in the world, multipotentialites, beautiful slippery-pickle crossword girls, grabbing life by the balls ...

    Such a great book, it doesn?t romanticize life or people and it had a good message for teenagers, not everyone has the right answers , but if you keep at it you?ll find out that you knew all along what you needed. You will find people along the way and you?ll stop seeing them too...

    *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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Danielle
    Jul 08, 2018

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    First off, the Iranian rep was amazing! I loved reading about Saaket (Scott) and his family dynamics, it was interesting and I learned a lot. I could relate to Scott's uncertainty of the future, and his quest for grit is wonderful in this book. I only wish the side characters di...

    "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...

    i like doing crossword puzzle on sunday morning. during my breakfast and my me time. filling out the puzzle based on the clue given. this book is like a cross word puzzle. but without the clue how to fill it out. so i fel like i am staring at blank pages. DNF. ...

    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! ...

    I picked this up because it seemed like a fun, whirlwind adventure about discovering yourself even you find yourself filled with uncertainty about your future. I think trying to answer the age-old question, "What do you want to do with your life" is a very universal concept that so man...

  • Denise
    Feb 27, 2018

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

  • Jennifer
    Apr 16, 2018

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    First off, the Iranian rep was amazing! I loved reading about Saaket (Scott) and his family dynamics, it was interesting and I learned a lot. I could relate to Scott's uncertainty of the future, and his quest for grit is wonderful in this book. I only wish the side characters di...

    "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...

    i like doing crossword puzzle on sunday morning. during my breakfast and my me time. filling out the puzzle based on the clue given. this book is like a cross word puzzle. but without the clue how to fill it out. so i fel like i am staring at blank pages. DNF. ...

    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! ...

    I picked this up because it seemed like a fun, whirlwind adventure about discovering yourself even you find yourself filled with uncertainty about your future. I think trying to answer the age-old question, "What do you want to do with your life" is a very universal concept that so man...

    This is an *excellent* John Green alike, filled with a cast of diverse characters of color and sexuality. So often, I see the "if readers like John Green" tossed onto any contemporary YA, but this one actually takes so many of the elements of his books and does them similarly without b...

    3.75 You should read this book if you like: Diverse YA fiction, coming of age stories, cruciverbalists, Washington, D.C. adventures, questioning your place in the world, multipotentialites, beautiful slippery-pickle crossword girls, grabbing life by the balls ...

    Such a great book, it doesn?t romanticize life or people and it had a good message for teenagers, not everyone has the right answers , but if you keep at it you?ll find out that you knew all along what you needed. You will find people along the way and you?ll stop seeing them too...

    *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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    It's never too late to take over the steering wheel of your life. Everything works out in the long run. I can't put into words how much I loved this book. It made me laugh, it made me reflect, truly think about life, it made me cy... It was both a light read and a deep one. It was p...

    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...

    "When you set your mind on something, you need to give it a shot and persist." "Our lives aren't so different from a crossword puzzle, sure. But the thing about life is we don't get to draw the grid; we take the rows and columns were given. Our bodies, parents, mental health issues,...

  • Emma Stein
    Jun 07, 2016

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    First off, the Iranian rep was amazing! I loved reading about Saaket (Scott) and his family dynamics, it was interesting and I learned a lot. I could relate to Scott's uncertainty of the future, and his quest for grit is wonderful in this book. I only wish the side characters di...

    "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...

    i like doing crossword puzzle on sunday morning. during my breakfast and my me time. filling out the puzzle based on the clue given. this book is like a cross word puzzle. but without the clue how to fill it out. so i fel like i am staring at blank pages. DNF. ...

    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! ...

    I picked this up because it seemed like a fun, whirlwind adventure about discovering yourself even you find yourself filled with uncertainty about your future. I think trying to answer the age-old question, "What do you want to do with your life" is a very universal concept that so man...

    This is an *excellent* John Green alike, filled with a cast of diverse characters of color and sexuality. So often, I see the "if readers like John Green" tossed onto any contemporary YA, but this one actually takes so many of the elements of his books and does them similarly without b...

    3.75 You should read this book if you like: Diverse YA fiction, coming of age stories, cruciverbalists, Washington, D.C. adventures, questioning your place in the world, multipotentialites, beautiful slippery-pickle crossword girls, grabbing life by the balls ...

    Such a great book, it doesn?t romanticize life or people and it had a good message for teenagers, not everyone has the right answers , but if you keep at it you?ll find out that you knew all along what you needed. You will find people along the way and you?ll stop seeing them too...

    *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...

    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 ...

    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. ...

  • Bárbara
    Apr 28, 2018

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    First off, the Iranian rep was amazing! I loved reading about Saaket (Scott) and his family dynamics, it was interesting and I learned a lot. I could relate to Scott's uncertainty of the future, and his quest for grit is wonderful in this book. I only wish the side characters di...

    "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...

    i like doing crossword puzzle on sunday morning. during my breakfast and my me time. filling out the puzzle based on the clue given. this book is like a cross word puzzle. but without the clue how to fill it out. so i fel like i am staring at blank pages. DNF. ...

    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! ...

    I picked this up because it seemed like a fun, whirlwind adventure about discovering yourself even you find yourself filled with uncertainty about your future. I think trying to answer the age-old question, "What do you want to do with your life" is a very universal concept that so man...

    This is an *excellent* John Green alike, filled with a cast of diverse characters of color and sexuality. So often, I see the "if readers like John Green" tossed onto any contemporary YA, but this one actually takes so many of the elements of his books and does them similarly without b...

    3.75 You should read this book if you like: Diverse YA fiction, coming of age stories, cruciverbalists, Washington, D.C. adventures, questioning your place in the world, multipotentialites, beautiful slippery-pickle crossword girls, grabbing life by the balls ...

    Such a great book, it doesn?t romanticize life or people and it had a good message for teenagers, not everyone has the right answers , but if you keep at it you?ll find out that you knew all along what you needed. You will find people along the way and you?ll stop seeing them too...

    *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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    It's never too late to take over the steering wheel of your life. Everything works out in the long run. I can't put into words how much I loved this book. It made me laugh, it made me reflect, truly think about life, it made me cy... It was both a light read and a deep one. It was p...

  • Mandy
    Feb 08, 2018

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    First off, the Iranian rep was amazing! I loved reading about Saaket (Scott) and his family dynamics, it was interesting and I learned a lot. I could relate to Scott's uncertainty of the future, and his quest for grit is wonderful in this book. I only wish the side characters di...

    "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...

    i like doing crossword puzzle on sunday morning. during my breakfast and my me time. filling out the puzzle based on the clue given. this book is like a cross word puzzle. but without the clue how to fill it out. so i fel like i am staring at blank pages. DNF. ...

    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! ...

    I picked this up because it seemed like a fun, whirlwind adventure about discovering yourself even you find yourself filled with uncertainty about your future. I think trying to answer the age-old question, "What do you want to do with your life" is a very universal concept that so man...

    This is an *excellent* John Green alike, filled with a cast of diverse characters of color and sexuality. So often, I see the "if readers like John Green" tossed onto any contemporary YA, but this one actually takes so many of the elements of his books and does them similarly without b...

    3.75 You should read this book if you like: Diverse YA fiction, coming of age stories, cruciverbalists, Washington, D.C. adventures, questioning your place in the world, multipotentialites, beautiful slippery-pickle crossword girls, grabbing life by the balls ...

    Such a great book, it doesn?t romanticize life or people and it had a good message for teenagers, not everyone has the right answers , but if you keep at it you?ll find out that you knew all along what you needed. You will find people along the way and you?ll stop seeing them too...

    *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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Aug 04, 2017

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    First off, the Iranian rep was amazing! I loved reading about Saaket (Scott) and his family dynamics, it was interesting and I learned a lot. I could relate to Scott's uncertainty of the future, and his quest for grit is wonderful in this book. I only wish the side characters di...

    "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...

    i like doing crossword puzzle on sunday morning. during my breakfast and my me time. filling out the puzzle based on the clue given. this book is like a cross word puzzle. but without the clue how to fill it out. so i fel like i am staring at blank pages. DNF. ...

    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! ...

    I picked this up because it seemed like a fun, whirlwind adventure about discovering yourself even you find yourself filled with uncertainty about your future. I think trying to answer the age-old question, "What do you want to do with your life" is a very universal concept that so man...

    This is an *excellent* John Green alike, filled with a cast of diverse characters of color and sexuality. So often, I see the "if readers like John Green" tossed onto any contemporary YA, but this one actually takes so many of the elements of his books and does them similarly without b...

    3.75 You should read this book if you like: Diverse YA fiction, coming of age stories, cruciverbalists, Washington, D.C. adventures, questioning your place in the world, multipotentialites, beautiful slippery-pickle crossword girls, grabbing life by the balls ...

    Such a great book, it doesn?t romanticize life or people and it had a good message for teenagers, not everyone has the right answers , but if you keep at it you?ll find out that you knew all along what you needed. You will find people along the way and you?ll stop seeing them too...

    *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...

    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 ...

  • Emma Giordano
    Apr 27, 2018

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

  • Rachel Strolle
    Jan 12, 2018

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

  • may ❀
    Jun 01, 2018

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

  • Immacolata
    Feb 02, 2018

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    First off, the Iranian rep was amazing! I loved reading about Saaket (Scott) and his family dynamics, it was interesting and I learned a lot. I could relate to Scott's uncertainty of the future, and his quest for grit is wonderful in this book. I only wish the side characters di...

    "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...

    i like doing crossword puzzle on sunday morning. during my breakfast and my me time. filling out the puzzle based on the clue given. this book is like a cross word puzzle. but without the clue how to fill it out. so i fel like i am staring at blank pages. DNF. ...

    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

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    First off, the Iranian rep was amazing! I loved reading about Saaket (Scott) and his family dynamics, it was interesting and I learned a lot. I could relate to Scott's uncertainty of the future, and his quest for grit is wonderful in this book. I only wish the side characters di...

    "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...

    i like doing crossword puzzle on sunday morning. during my breakfast and my me time. filling out the puzzle based on the clue given. this book is like a cross word puzzle. but without the clue how to fill it out. so i fel like i am staring at blank pages. DNF. ...

    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! ...

    I picked this up because it seemed like a fun, whirlwind adventure about discovering yourself even you find yourself filled with uncertainty about your future. I think trying to answer the age-old question, "What do you want to do with your life" is a very universal concept that so man...

    This is an *excellent* John Green alike, filled with a cast of diverse characters of color and sexuality. So often, I see the "if readers like John Green" tossed onto any contemporary YA, but this one actually takes so many of the elements of his books and does them similarly without b...

    3.75 You should read this book if you like: Diverse YA fiction, coming of age stories, cruciverbalists, Washington, D.C. adventures, questioning your place in the world, multipotentialites, beautiful slippery-pickle crossword girls, grabbing life by the balls ...

    Such a great book, it doesn?t romanticize life or people and it had a good message for teenagers, not everyone has the right answers , but if you keep at it you?ll find out that you knew all along what you needed. You will find people along the way and you?ll stop seeing them too...

    *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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    It's never too late to take over the steering wheel of your life. Everything works out in the long run. I can't put into words how much I loved this book. It made me laugh, it made me reflect, truly think about life, it made me cy... It was both a light read and a deep one. It was p...

    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

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    First off, the Iranian rep was amazing! I loved reading about Saaket (Scott) and his family dynamics, it was interesting and I learned a lot. I could relate to Scott's uncertainty of the future, and his quest for grit is wonderful in this book. I only wish the side characters di...

    "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...

    i like doing crossword puzzle on sunday morning. during my breakfast and my me time. filling out the puzzle based on the clue given. this book is like a cross word puzzle. but without the clue how to fill it out. so i fel like i am staring at blank pages. DNF. ...

    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! ...

    I picked this up because it seemed like a fun, whirlwind adventure about discovering yourself even you find yourself filled with uncertainty about your future. I think trying to answer the age-old question, "What do you want to do with your life" is a very universal concept that so man...

    This is an *excellent* John Green alike, filled with a cast of diverse characters of color and sexuality. So often, I see the "if readers like John Green" tossed onto any contemporary YA, but this one actually takes so many of the elements of his books and does them similarly without b...

    3.75 You should read this book if you like: Diverse YA fiction, coming of age stories, cruciverbalists, Washington, D.C. adventures, questioning your place in the world, multipotentialites, beautiful slippery-pickle crossword girls, grabbing life by the balls ...

    Such a great book, it doesn?t romanticize life or people and it had a good message for teenagers, not everyone has the right answers , but if you keep at it you?ll find out that you knew all along what you needed. You will find people along the way and you?ll stop seeing them too...

    *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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Gray Cox
    Jun 17, 2018

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    First off, the Iranian rep was amazing! I loved reading about Saaket (Scott) and his family dynamics, it was interesting and I learned a lot. I could relate to Scott's uncertainty of the future, and his quest for grit is wonderful in this book. I only wish the side characters di...

  • Shereen Lee
    Feb 19, 2018

    This was a really cute YA contemporary novel. I would recommend it especially to high school teens who are struggling to find their path post-graduation. CW: racism, assault I feel a good way to describe Down and Across is a John Green novel, but less pretentious and idealistic. ...

    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...

    can you imagine i was already buddy reading two books and i thought it was a good idea to pick up another book??? truly amazing. anyways, this was alright, i didn't really see much of a plot going on tho i did appreciate the diversity and friendship and the realistic ending (v impre...

    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. ...

    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...