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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2020 Arvin Ahmadi (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

Critic Reviews

"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 and won't let go." (Angie Thomas, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Hate U Give and On the Come Up

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