Year Published: 2012
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.
Oh boy oh boy, where can I start, I absolutely ADORED this book. I needed a book to get me out of my slump, and this was it. I actually listened to this book through Audible because I signed up for the free trial (I dont use audible, I find its too expensive) and I’m so glad I chose to listen instead of read for this reason: Lin-Manuel Miranda narrated it. Lin has the perfect voice for this book and I could never imagine another person narrating this. If possible, you definitely need to get the ebook!
First off, with contemporary books i’m always afraid I will end up bored by the middle of the book. But Ari & Dante kept my interested all the way until the last page, it was one of the few books ive ever read where I just never wanted it to end. I even went out to buy the physical copy so I could reread it! There is so much charm throughout this book your heart will melt a million times.
Aristotle is an amazing narrator, his point of view really made this book as amazing as it is. He’s still trying to figure everything out, and make sense of all the things he can’t wrap his mind around. Then comes Dante, who ends up changing his perspective on so many things, and opens up his mind to the beauty around him. Their relationship is something everyone can dream about, a perfect pairing. I loved these two characters to bits and the way the authot wrote both their stories and their conversations was incredible, I kept wanting more!
All in all, I could go on about this book. It’s a beautiful, well written book with some of the best character development i’ve seen. I would HIGHLY recommend, especially as a summer read!