Fifteen-year-old Aristotle “Ari” Mendoza is anticipating a boring, lonely summer when he meets Dante Quintana at the local pool. Dante is unlike anyone he’s ever met — observant, incessantly talkative, and enthusiastic about classic poetry. But as their instant connection develops into an inseparable bond, their friendship is tested by unexpected accidents, violence, and family secrets. Written in a conversational, engaging tone, Ari and Dante’s story is refreshing, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful.
“Senior year. And then life. Maybe that’s the way it worked. High school was just a prologue to the real novel. Everybody got to write you — but when you graduated, you got to write yourself. At graduation you got to collect your teacher’s pens and your parents’ pens and you got your own pen. And you could do all the writing. Yeah. Wouldn’t that be sweet?”
Benjamin Alire Sáenz is an American novelist, poet, and children’s book author. His works include Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Carry Me Like Water, and The Book of What Remains. He currently lives in Texas and teaches at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Length: 359 pages
Set in: El Paso, Texas, United States
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