Rating 4.5 stars
A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
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.
Completely beautiful and engaging, I think at some point every one of us could relate to some of Ari and Dante’s issues, latino or not. I loved that their relationship was based on their solid friendship.
I understood Dante the most, and that’s saying a lot given that we could only see him through Ari’s eyes. When he said he didn’t feel Mexican, I think there’s a big pressure to fit into some stereotypes, and then if you don’t, you start questioning yourself. There’s little pressure to make people understand that we don’t need to fit into something in order to be happy.
I’m Venezuelan, and trust me, I’m not even 10% percent of what you think Latinos are, and I’m sure a lot of people feel this way. Fortunately, I feel good about the person I am, unfortunately there’s people who don’t.
I enjoyed the story immensely, pretty fast paced, lovable and relatable characters, who struggled to understand and resolve the secrets of their own universe.