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A Time Best YA Book of All Time (2021)
This Printz Honor Book is a “tender, honest exploration of identity” (Publishers Weekly) that distills lyrical truths about family and friendship.
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The first book in Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s tender coming-of-age series finds Mexican American teenagers Aristotle “Ari” Mendoza and Dante Quintana navigating life in El Paso, Texas, during the late 1980s. When outgoing Dante befriends Ari, a loner harboring dark family secrets, they develop an intensely emotional bond. But their relationship is tested one day when Ari instinctively saves Dante’s life, enduring serious injuries as a result. As both friends deal with the ramifications of Ari’s actions, they form a deeper connection than either boy quite knows how to handle. Poet and children’s book author Sáenz explores his protagonists’ path to self-discovery with such sensitivity that we couldn’t wait to read the next chapter of this heartwarming love story.
In S enz's novel, 15-year-olds Aristotle and Dante struggle with the complexities and insecurities of growing up as they try to understand and navigate family secrets, their sexual identities, their identities as Mexican-Americans, and their increasingly complicated friendship. Lin-Manuel Miranda hands in a nuanced performance, capturing Ari's inner confusion and self-loathing, his unexpressed rage at his parents, and his mixed feelings about best friend Dante. Miranda is just as effective in capturing Dante, lending him an upbeat, likable, nerdy voice. For the book's other characters, the narrator takes an understated approach, allowing listeners to understand who is speaking to whom without creating full-fledged character voices. Because of Miranda's standout performance, listeners will truly understand these two boys as they travel the difficult journey toward becoming men. Ages 12-up. A Simon & Schuster hardcover.