Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
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Aristotle is a pretty disgruntled teenager (just like most of us were I feel) He’s 16 an in an awkward phase, people experimenting, kissing for the first time, making life long friends, pondering about what it means to be him, and a part of his family, why his parents don’t speak about his older Brother. Ari isn’t the loser at school, he’s not popular, he just kind exists.
Dante is a vibrant kid, older than his years suggest, a reader, a painter, an explorer. Easy to talk to and will become quick friends with people but rarely close friends. When Ari and Dante meet and the swimming pool and start swimming together they become fast friends even without much in common on the surface.
Do you ever get that feeling when you read a book? Like something has just settled over you, transported you into the story and swept you up higher page by page?
I didn’t expect to feel so much while reading this but I felt like the Author turned up my senses without letting me know. I was over come with the emotions that Ari and Dante dealt with. I felt like a confused 17-year-old and it was horrible and wonderful and I just can’t get over how well written this whole book is. The words felt like they would settle over me and physically change my mood to suit what was happening with the book.
This book is simple, truly simple, a story about coming of age and Benjamin Alire Saenz could have crushed me 1000 times over, he could have broken my heart in multiple scenes and I am ever grateful that this story was written for more than a shock factor.
I recommend this book to everyone that hasn’t picked it up yet. I can’t describe the feeling I got from this amazing story but I highly HIGHLY think you should pick it up and experience the beautiful world Benjamin Alire Saenz has created.
Recommended to everyone that has or will be 17 years old.