Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: February 21st 2012
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
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.
I don’t really know why it took me so long to read this book. Almost everyone friend I have that reads books religiously has recommended this to me. It’s always appealed to me obviously because of the m/m romance but I just never got around to it…until #LGBTQMonth. And I’m so happy I chose this as one of the readathon books because Oh. My. God.
The characters in this were written exceptionally well. Sáenz managed to pull off making Aristotle an annoying narrator but at the same time you couldn’t help but love him and feel bad for him. Dante was a hilarious creation too, and so sweet. I was so happy to see their families were both so supporting of them being gay. I also love how this book dealt with their Mexican identities and I think Sáenz dealt with this really brilliantly.
“I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.”
The plot was straight forward but there was still a good few twists and turns and at moments I was wondering were Ari and Dante gonna end up together? The ending was very satisfying and the writing style was eloquent and really beautiful if I’m honest!
Definitely giving this 5 out of 5 stars!!