A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
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. @goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1371114749 5 STARS
There are almost no words for how much I loved this book. I got chills, I cried, I got mad, I fell in love with both boys.
and Dante are both different from other people. They are loners, they
don't really know how to react to people, although Dante is a little
more outspoken than Ari.... well I guess you could say Dante is a big
soul just trying to be contained :)
They become friends at the
swimming pool when Ari is sort of floating around because he doesn't
know how to swim and Dante offers to help him. They become fast friends
in their own strange way.
It was so wonderful to read this story unfold right before my eyes.
has a lot of problems with never have been allowed to meet his brother
who is in jail. No on in the family will mention his name, there isn't
even a picture set out of him. Imagine turning seventeen and still not
know your own brother. Ari has two older sisters as well and they have
families of their own and they won't talk about him either. Ari's
parents are nice people, his dad has problems from the war and is not to
outspoken. This causes some issues with Ari as well.
so funny and quirky, he just does whatever he feels like doing. He
doesn't worry about what people think of him. His parents are wonderful
and a little quirky too.
I hate when I get to this part because I
don't want to give away any spoilers!! I just felt like these are two
boys I could be friends with if they would let me :) They have their own
little world where they take care of each other. I mean one almost dies
for the other one. That's the part that gave me chills!
It was emotionally draining, but such a feel good book.