Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseBook - 2012
Ari, a 15-year-old angry loner with a brother in prison, meets Dante and, after they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself and his family that he has never asked before. The plot contains profanity, violence, and drug use.
From Library Staff
While developing their friendship Ari and Dante unlock the secrets of who they are, demystify family relationships, and discover the ways love expresses itself.
SFPL_Teen Sep 13, 2016
Explores the lives of two teenage boys living in 1980's as they discover who they are, who they love, and who they would die for.
A poignant story about the meanings of friendship and love, growing up, and sexuality
SFPL_Family May 06, 2015
Ari is a loner, but when he meets Dante, he starts to ask questions about himself, his family, and his community that he’s never asked before.
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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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