So, I decided to read this book after chatting to some of my colleagues at the library about good YA fiction books. It was released in 2016 and is written by the brilliant Benjamin Alire Sáenz. One of my colleagues Carolina shoved this book in my hand and told me that this book was amazing. As soon as I got home I started reading it and ended up devouring this book in less that 24 hours.
What can I say? This book is so good that I just cannot bear to return it back to the library. I rarely like re-reading books but I cannot wait to delve back into moments of this amazing book. Aristotle and Dante are such multi-faceted, fearless and amazing characters – I fell in love with them instantly. Watching as their friendship blossoms and grows throughout the book was beautiful and at moments I was close to tears.
A book has not touched me as much as this since reading “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara in 2016. I resonated so much with the main character Aristotle Mendoza, it felt as if some of the doubts, fears and feelings I struggle with were voiced through him. One of my favourite lines was:
“I wasn’t big on family gatherings. Too many many intimate strangers.”
This seems to sum up some of my feelings about meeting with family – especially since I come from a big one.
Definitely worth a read, and it is definitely one of the best books I have ever read.
P.S. I have all the feels as apparently the author is currently writing a sequel! Let’s hope its out soon!