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Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz Narrator: Lin-Manuel Miranda Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2013 ISBN: 9781442366060
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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 they meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the two loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special kind of friendship—the kind of friendship that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through their friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves—and about the kind of people they want to be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Primarily a character and relationship driven novel, written with patient and lyrical prose that explores the boys’ emotional lives with butterfly-wing delicacy.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “Sáenz is a master at capturing the conversation of teens with each other and with the adults in their lives.”

    Library Media Connection

  • “Ari’s first-person narrative—poetic, philosophical, honest—skillfully develops the relationship between the two boys from friendship to romance.”

    Horn Book

  • “Sáenz has written the greater love story, for his is the story of loving one’s self, of love between parents and children, and of the love that builds communities, in addition to the deepening love between two friends.”


  • “Sáenz writes toward the end of the novel that ‘to be careful with people and words was a rare and beautiful thing.’ And that’s exactly what Sáenz does—he treats his characters carefully, giving them space and time to find their place in the world, and to find each other…Those struggling with their own sexuality may find it to be a thought-provoking read.”


  • “Meticulous pacing and finely nuanced characters underpin the author’s gift for affecting prose that illuminates the struggles within relationships.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Authentic teen and Latino dialogue should make it a popular choice.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A tender, honest exploration of identity and sexuality, and a passionate reminder that love—whether romantic or familial—should be open, free, and without shame.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens, 2012
  • A 2013 Michael L. Printz Award Honoree
  • Winner of the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Children's/Young Adult
  • Winner of the 2013 Stonewall Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature
  • A 2013 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, February 2012

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TuP | 7/20/2018

    " I know a lot of people loved this book, but I don't see it.To me, the writing was too choppy, the dialogue too fabricated and the characters not really that likable. "

About the Author

Benjamin Alire Sáenz is an American Book Award–winning author of poetry and prose for adults and teens. His first novel for teens, Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, was an ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His second book, He Forgot to Say Goodbye, won the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, the Southwest Books Award, and was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. He teaches creative writing at the University of Texas, El Paso.

About the Narrator

Lin-Manuel Miranda is an American composer, lyricist, librettist, rapper, and actor, best known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals Hamilton and In the Heights. He was named one of 100 Most Influential People of 2016 by He is a Tony Award–winning composer and lyricist. As an on-screen actor, he has appeared in The Sopranos, House, Modern Family, The Sex and the City Movie, and The Odd Life of Timothy Green. His reading of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe won him an AudioFile Earphones Award.