How It All Blew Up

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda goes to Italy in Arvin Ahmadi's newest incisive look at identity and what it means to find yourself by running away.

Eighteen-year-old Amir Azadi always knew coming out to his Muslim family would be messy--he just didn't think it would end in an airport interrogation room. But when faced with a failed relationship, bullies, and blackmail, running away to Rome is his only option. Right?

Soon, late nights with new friends and dates in the Sistine Chapel start to feel like second nature... until his old life comes knocking on his door. Now, Amir has to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth to a U.S. Customs officer, or risk losing his hard-won freedom.

At turns uplifting and devastating, How It All Blew Up is Arvin Ahmadi's most powerful novel yet, a celebration of how life's most painful moments can live alongside the riotous, life-changing joys of discovering who you are.

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Title:How It All Blew Up
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    How It All Blew Up Reviews

  • Alfredo (Fred)

    Please read this before you read the other reviews.I'm a Brazilian reader who has followed Arvin Ahmadi on social media for about some years. I first heard about How It All Blew Up when he announced t...

  • Monte Price

    So this is required reading, just so everyone is aware.There are few things I love more than being immediately pulled into a story, one of those just happens to be having a gut feeling a book is five ...

  • Sofia

    I really wanted to like this book yet sadly I came out of this thinking that this is one of my least favourite books I've ever read. My first major issue is that this is sold as a gay Muslim YA book. ...

  • charlotte, ( of readsrainbow)

    I was keeping a scoreboard — it’s hard to explain, but the points were never in my favor. They just weren’t. Then I came to Rome, and the points started adding up, you know? They were finally...

  • Cody Roecker

    This was my most anticipated novel of the year and it certainly did not disappoint. Wow....

  • A.R. Hellbender

    Wow, I devoured this in no time. This is such a heartfelt story about being gay and Iranian, and I also love the way both of Arvin Ahmadi’s books I’ve read have captured the way you might start ha...

  • Anna Luce

    DISCLAIMER: having just come across a 5-star review that says negative reviews should not remark on how this book doesn't really explore Amir's faith and/or heritage I felt the need to better articula...

  • ThatBookGal

    How It All Blew Up was a quick and entertaining read. I really enjoyed a little journey into Italy with Amir, sure it was full of cliche's and a little far fetched, but taking it with a pinch of salt ...

  • James

    A story that comes from a place of bravery, honesty, vulnerability, and hope. I can't wait for everyone to meet Amir!...

  • anna ?

    4 stars!Amir Azadi knows a few things: he's gay; he's muslim; coming out to his family will be hard. When someone at his school blackmails him into either giving him money or outing him, Amir loses th...