How It All Blew Up (Paperback)
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How It All Blew Up (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages
Published: 22/09/2020
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Waterstones Says

A unique take on the coming-out novel, Ahmadi’s cleverly structured gem finds a gay Muslim teenager facing interrogation at an airport whilst his shocked family undergo the same situation in the room next door. Sprightly, sensitive and nuanced, How It All Blew Up explores issues of sexuality, race and faith with winning charm and wit.

Eighteen-year-old Amir Azadi always knew that coming out to his Muslim family would be messy, but he wasn't expecting it to end in an airport interrogation room. Now, he's telling his side of the story to the stern-faced officer.

Amir has to explain why he ran away to Rome (boys, bullies, blackmail) and what he was doing there for a month (dates in the Sistine Chapel, friends who helped him accept who he is, and, of course, drama) . . . all while his mum, dad and little sister are being interrogated in the room next door.

A nuanced take on growing up brown, Muslim and gay in today's America, How It All Blew Up is the story of one boy's struggle to come out to his family, and how that painful process exists right alongside his silly, sexy romp through Italy.

Publisher: Hot Key Books
ISBN: 9781471409929
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 250 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Compelling, clever, and achingly honest. A book for anyone who has ever grappled with who they are and who they want to be. - Katherine Webber, Katherine Webber

This wild ride of a novel is all about finding your true self in the unlikeliest of places - iNews

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“This book honestly felt like a breath of fresh air!”

This book honestly felt like a breath of fresh air. The pacing and format was just so easy to read and really helped me get out of my reading slump (I read it in one evening!). It really reminded me of 'The... More

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“Romantic coming of age with a twist”

This book follows predominantly just over a month in the life of Amir, an American Muslim who is gay.
Scared to tell his parents, and being blackmailed by someone in his school year, he runs away, first to New York,... More

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“Finding yourself in Rome”

How it all blew up tells the story of Amir, a young American Muslim boy. Amir runs from his home and his family when he finds his biggest secret at risk of getting out- that he is gay.

Amir runs to Rome and finds... More

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