This is my first book by Benjamin Alire Saenz, and I loved it! First, Ari's voice is surprising light for an angsty teen. Second, his friendship with Dante is depicted so perfectly -- very, very realistic. Third, even though this is set in the late '80s (a period I generally don't enjoy reading about -- since I lived it, and most current authors don't write the '80s well), I still loved it, and that's saying a LOT. Finally, I loved how both Dante's and Ari's parents were thoughtful, mature, and realistic people. They had their flaws, but they worked on them like adults -- it was just so well done from beginning to end. One-sentence summary: Ari meets Dante, and their friendship changes his life (despite him fighting it). Genre: historical (with a contemporary feel), relationship (ie, all about the different relationships in our lives), LGBTQ+ Publishing Info: Simon & Schuster, 4/14 Overall review synopsis: 5/5 stars; might re-read (but it will stay with me, so I probably won't need to); recommended for teens and any adults who love narrators with a strong voice and love a thoughtful and insightful story.
Robin Reads...ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE