Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is prison. Dane is fair skinned. Ari’s features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.
But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believingin each other – and the power of their friendship – can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side.
Original title : Aristotle and Dante discover the Secrets of the Universe
Simon & Schuster
My opinion :
I have the impression that I haven’t read the same book as everyone. I am really disappointed. I don’t understand why everyone liked this book. I must be the exception because I felt nothing for the characters or what happened to them. The end was predictable. At least, the message is good. Tolerance. I liked that. I also liked the parents, they are always trying to understand their children. But, overall, this story didn’t touch me. However, I would like to give a second chance to Benjamin Alire Sáenz and I would like to read He forgot to say goodbye. But I am disappointed to have missed the craze around this book.