By: Benjamin Alire SaenzSource: Community Library (Save A Tree)
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Published Date: Feb. 21st 2012
Pages: 359 hardcover
Tags: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Stand Alone, GLBT
"My mother and father held hands. I wondered what that was like, to hold someone's hand. I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone's hand." - page 140
Now the Mad Scientist is not one to cry over a book. We wouldn't want to get rusty, now would we? However, once I finished this particular book... I did. The romance that I did not see or expect at all just jarred me which in turn made MS cry. A few perfect tears, the roll down the cheeks kind. The jealous & strong emotions of Ari wanting to protect Dante at any cost had my heart. Dear boy!
Here is how I picture Ari & Dante:
Benjamin Alire Saenz wrote the book in such a way that it is hard for MS to describe it in any other way then being beautiful. The heavy handed issues about self identity and coming to age were managed with class & great writing that made it beautiful to read. The writing, the characters, the story, the relationship was just too beautiful.
The awards were greatly deserved and MS is so happy to have spied this beauty on the shelf. Congratulations Benjamin! It was a great welcome back to the US of A & regular reading.
"You could smell the rain in the desert even before a drop fell. I closed my eyes. I held my head out and felt the first drops. It was like a kiss. The sky was kissing me." - page 293