Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Book Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Summary: A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Saenz.

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.
Review: Let me start out  by saying this: I was absolutely in love with this book. The characters were just so phenomenal, Ari's voice was completely real and authentic. The pacing was perfect and the writing was beautiful... from chapter one I was hooked. I wasn't so concerned with where the story was headed or where it would end because of how beautifully crafted the story was. I enjoyed each and every moment of Aristotle & Dante.
Aristotle is a fifteen-year-old Mexican teenager raised in El Paso, Texas in 1987. It is when he is fifteen that he meets a boy that will inevitably change his life, Dante. There are not many books that I can say that I've read lately that have such incredible characters. Maybe a shining character or two, but I just felt like as a whole the "cast" of this book was so well-rounded and likable. Ari's voice was real and you could understand the struggles that he is working through and he's been struggling through for quite some time. He has an older brother who has been in prison, the thing is- he has been for years and Ari is not allowed to talk about his brother. His parents don't mention him and there is a lot of anger and question with his brother having been sent away and the stigma that it's left in their household for Ari to deal with.
Contemporary books with a focal point on friendship that are authentic and real are hard to come by. I can't remember the last time that I read a book about the friendship of two boys. And honestly if I had I doubt that it could compete with Ari's story. There are several subplots within the book, but I think that what I enjoyed the most was Ari discovering who he was, how his brother's choices affected him as a person. And how to deal with the changes that inevitably happen in your teenage years. If you are looking for a poignant contemporary read, I highly recommend you check this one out!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Miranda Mondays - Team Bea

Hello all, Hayley here.
If you remember last year I joined Miranda Dickinson in helping to promote Take A Look At Me Now. With a number of bloggers, this year I am pleased to say that she personally asked me to join Team Bea for I'll Take New York, the long awaited follow up to Fairytale Of New York. A novel that I personally fell in love with. Out of the group of bloggers I was probably the last to read Fairytale Of New York and I see that as a blessing so close to the follow up. I know that when I receive my long awaited early copy I will stop reading whatever I have in my hand ooops!!!

Want to know more....

Have you ever given up on love?

When her boyfriend lets her down for the last time, Brooklyn bookshop owner Bea James makes a decision – no more. No more men, no more heartbreak, and no more pain.

Psychiatrist Jake Steinmann is making a new start too, leaving his broken marriage behind in San Francisco. From now on there'll just be one love in his life: New York.

At a party where they seem to be the only two singletons, Bea and Jake meet, and decide there’s just one thing for it. They will make a pact: no more relationships.

But the city has other plans . . .

Anyway enough rambling from me..there is going to be lots of fun stuff from Team Bea and Miranda here is a taster of what's to come...oh and I will let you know once I receive my book it should be this week YAY!!!