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Books | Young Adult Fiction / Coming of Age
"John Green fans will appreciate this tale." —USA Today"[A] humorous, deeply human coming-of-age story." —The Washington Post Scott Ferdowsi has a track record of quitting. 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 and 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 never expects an adventure to unfold. 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.
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"Just finished this book it was really good. Loved how it talked about the struggle of not really knowing what you want to be or what you want to do with your life but overall very good book. "
"A good debut novel from Arvin. Great message: Life doesn’t always have to be so serious and we shouldn’t get so set on our future that we forget to live in the now. Cute story. I want more of Trent!!"
"this book literally felt like a comedy to me. it was really good and I loved that in so many ways I could relate to the main character. He was so relatable and I honestly love when I can connect with any character in a book. I loved Fiora and Scott's friendship. I also loved Trent and Scott's friendship. I smiled and laughed so many times reading this and I couldn't even help it. it was that good"