How it All Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi

Available At: Pine Creek

Categories: Cursing, LGBTQ+, Sexual

Description: Fleeing to Rome in the wake of coming out to his Muslim family, a failed relationship, and blackmail, eighteen-year-old Amir Azadi embarks on a more authentic life with new friends and dates in the Sistine Chapel before an encounter with a U.S. Customs officer places his hard-won freedom at risk

YA Label?: Yes

Notes: This book contains sexual activities; alternate sexualities; profanity and derogatory terms; and alcohol use by minors.

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Page 50: “But before we got really drunk and heard the nipple story told ’round the world- from what I understand, that story has spread farther from its initial source than influenza in 1918 or herpes in a frat house- we listened to Joni Mitchell.”

Page 85: “He was right. Drag queens were far more advanced than clowns. I had never watched RuPual’s Drag Race before, but it didn’t take long before I was asking questions about the rules and the competitors. It was like America’s Next Top Model but with men in high heels. And the shade. These people threw incredible amounts of shade. +10: Enjoys RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Page 120: “The point is, we were kissing and feeling each other up and stuff”

Page 126: “‘Sembra che tu stia succhiando un cazzo quando lo dici. Gorrrrgonnnzzzoolllllaaaaa,’ he stretched out the word and made a sexual gesture with his hand and mouth.”

Page 186: “Thx for fucking my fucking boyfriend”

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