Down and across / by Arvin Ahmadi.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: His friends know what they want to do with the rest of their lives, but Scott Ferdowsi can hardly commit to a breakfast cereal, let alone a passion. With his parents pushing him to settle on a "practical" career, Scott sneaks off to Washington, DC, seeking guidance from a famous psychologist who claims to know the secret to success. He meets Fiora Buchanan, a ballsy college student whose life ambition is to write crossword puzzles. Now Scott is sneaking into bars, attempting to pick up girls at the National Zoo, and even giving the crossword thing a try. Will he be able to find out who he is-- and who he wants to be?-- Adapted from dust jacket.
    • Other Titles:
      Down & across.
    • ISBN:
      9780425289877
      0425289877
    • Accession Number:
      2017005389
    • Accession Number:
      ocn986958103
      986958103
    • Accession Number:
      fay.564732
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      AHMADI, A. Down and across. [s.l.] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 18 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Ahmadi A. Down and Across. Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC; 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.564732. Accessed November 18, 2019.
    • APA:
      Ahmadi, A. (2018). Down and across. Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.564732
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Ahmadi, Arvin. 2018. Down and Across. Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.564732.
    • Harvard:
      Ahmadi, A. (2018) Down and across. Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.564732 (Accessed: 18 November 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Ahmadi, A 2018, Down and across, Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, viewed 18 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Ahmadi, Arvin. Down and Across. Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.564732.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Ahmadi, Arvin. Down and Across. Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.564732.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Ahmadi A. Down and across [Internet]. Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC; 2018 [cited 2019 Nov 18]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.564732

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2017 December #1

Saaket will be the first to admit he's a bit of a flake—the 16-year-old Iranian American has abandoned just about every endeavor he's started—but he's convinced he's found the solution in Dr. Cecily Mallard, a psychologist studying grit. If he can get to D.C. and meet her, surely she'll give him the key to developing tenacity. Of course, it isn't that easy, especially when he runs into Fiora, a beautiful, brilliant, grouchy girl whose freewheeling ways wreak havoc on his plans. And yet, Fiora's obsession with crossword puzzles and her intense loyalty gives him some insight into a different kind of resolve. Debut author Ahmadi sets up a meet-cute with a manic-pixie-dream-girl type, but he refreshingly upends those tropes, instead telling a smart story about transformation with barely a glimmer of romance and a girl whose impulsiveness can be hurtful. While the plot hinges a bit too much on coincidence, both Saaket and Fiora emerge as multifaceted personalities with an engaging dynamic, and readers will easily cheer Saaket on as he blunders through toward meaningful growth. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2017 October #3

First-time author Ahmadi writes a memorable coming-of-age novel all about grit: wanting it, wondering how to get it, and discovering where it lies. Saaket "Scott" Ferdowsi, an impulsive 16-year-old, is left at home in Philadelphia while his parents visit their homeland of Iran. Scott is supposed to be getting serious about life by doing an internship (which involves examining "microscopic mouse poop"), but he keeps thinking about a Georgetown University study that his father mentioned before leaving. According to professor Cecily Mallard, the chief predictor of success isn't grades or IQ but grit, "a person's ability to stick with something." Feeling inadequate in that area, Scott hops a bus to Washington, D.C., to seek out the professor's advice. Thus begins a sequence of misadventures and serendipitous encounters as an adventurous crossword puzzle enthusiast, a big-hearted bartender, and Professor Mallard steer Scott into challenging and rewarding situations, all recorded in Scott's self-effacing and funny first-person narration. Witty, smart, and inspiring, the novel celebrates life's big and little surprises and the connections made between people that lead to profound changes. Ages 12–up. Agent: Tina Wexler, ICM. (Jan.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.