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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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


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'Arvin Ahmadi has written a novel that is authentic, hilarious and heart-wrenching all at once. A unique point of view combined with riveting storytelling, How It All Blew Up will grab you from the first page and won't let go' - Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give and On The Come Up

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