Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi Book Review

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 a career path like engineering or medicine. Desperate for help, he sneaks off to Washington, DC, to seek guidance from a famous professor who specializes in grit, the psychology of success.

He never expects an adventure to unfold out of what was supposed to be a one-day visit. But that’s what Scott gets when he meets Fiora Buchanan, a ballsy college student whose life ambition is to write crossword puzzles. When the bicycle she lends him gets Scott into a high-speed chase, he knows he’s in for the ride of his life. Soon, Scott finds himself sneaking into bars, attempting to pick up girls at the National Zoo, and even giving the crossword thing a try–all while opening his eyes to fundamental truths about who he is and who he wants to be.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:4/5 Stars

When I saw that this book was blurbed by¬† Adam Silvera I knew that I’d love it. While most of the times, I couldn’t care two shits about what authors have to say about a book when a genius like Silvera blurbs something I know that I’m bound to love the book. And I really did! Adam Silvera’s recommendation does not disappoint.

This book was so much fun to read and was such a wild ride. Sometimes summaries tend to overhype a book but I think that in this case the synopsis accurately reflects just how wild this book is. From the minute I read the first page I was enraptured and that didn’t go away until I finished the book. Arvin Ahmadi is a debut author to look out for and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

I absolutely loved the concept of the book and I especially found the element of crossword puzzles to be such an interesting focus. I love when books have unique plot points and Down and Across has one of the more unique ones I’ve seen in YA contemporary. But other than that all the plot points in this book are so much fun to read and every little side plot was so much fun. Scott, the main character, got into so much trouble and got roped into many shenanigans and it was very enjoyable to read. I loved seeing how these experiences in DC influenced who he was as a person and I really loved his character development.

One small critique that I had was that I found that there was an abuse of convenient coincidences that really seemed implausible. Obviously it needs to work for the story but like some of the events that happened were a little convenient for my taste

This was a great book about perseverance and grit with an amazing set of diverse characters from an Iranian Mc to a gay side character. If you’re looking for an unique and fun book then Down and Across is the book for you,