This month, I'm sharing a story that has won so many awards and fans it probably doesn't need much in the way of promotion by me, but when you find a book this good, you have to share. So here is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.
Here's the blurb from Amazon:
"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 the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be."
This story captured me right away. I loved the voice, the prose, the characters and their story. I highly recommend discovering the universe through Dante and Ari's eyes. I loved the contrasts between the two main characters, sensitive, open Dante and troubled Ari. I think Ari's story touched me most of all because I've known boys just like him--sometimes stepping just a little bit to close to making a life-changing bad decision for understandable reasons.
Bonus points for Hamilton fans: The audiobook is narrated expertly by Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame. He does a fantastic job, and Alexander Hamilton even gets a mention or two :)