Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseBook - 2012 | 1st ed.
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SnoIsleLib_Teen Jan 27, 2010
This book broke all kinds of necessary ground when it was published - it deals with growing up gay in a rural area where machismo rules and showing sensitivity is a signal of wimpiness. The characters are richly detailed and conflicted, and you'll feel ALL the feels when you read their stories.
Aristotle and Dante are fifteen-year-old boys living in 1987 El Paso, Texas. They meet over a swimming lesson and spend their summer philosophizing, sharing secrets, and falling in love... until a tragedy threatens to tear them apart. It is very much a character-driven story and despite their age... Read More »
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The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.
"Do you remember the summer of the rain...You must let everything fall that wants to fall. —Karen Fiser”
All I did was smile at him. He'd told me something about himself. I was happy
"Scars. A sign that you had been hurt. A sign thst you had been healed."
"And me, I always felt that I didn't belong anywhere. I didn't even belong in my own body - especially in my own body. I was changing into someone I didn't know. The change hurt but I didn't know why it hurt. And nothing about my own emotions made any sense."
To be careful with people and with words was a rare and beautiful thing.
I had a rule that it was better to be bored by yourself than to be bored with someone else. I pretty much lived by that rule. Maybe that's why I didn't have any friends.
I didn't understand how you could live in a mean world and not have any of that meanness rub off on you. How could a guy live without meanness?
See, the thing about guys is that I didn't really care to be around them. I mean, guys really made me uncomfortable. I don't know why, not exactly. I just, I don't know, I just didn't belong. I think it embarrassed the hell out of me that I was a guy. And it really depressed me that there was the distinct possibility that I was going to grow up and be like one of those assholes.
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Through their friendship, Dante and Ari find the courage to become who they really are.
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