|My latest courageous adventure. Read about it here!|
As I mentioned before I read a long list of books for my course at Simmons. I cranked through that list in record time and had plenty of time to make it to my extended summer reading list. (I'd like to pat myself on the back for reading a whopping 20 books this summer. And no, not all of them were picture books.) There were 3 bonus books that weren't on the original list but they were some of my favorites. In each book, the characters had to overcome great feats and demonstrated courage in unique ways.
I love books with brave characters because they inspire me to do more, to tackle my own obstacles, and remind me that sometimes my problems aren't all that bad. The three books, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sàenz, Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos, and The Absolutely True Diary of Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, all featured young men trying to find their path in life. Each faces a different challenge and each learns something important about themselves.
For today's post, I am introducing you to these phenomenal books and adding a little Dance Friday twist. Sara Bareilles just released a new album and a video to her song Brave. I love the video and there is some particularly fantastic dancing in it so it all sorta works well together. Happy Friday and cheers to taking on your own challenges. Be brave!
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sàenz, YA
Aristotle (Ari) and Dante are two Mexican-American teenagers growing up in Texas in 1987. They meet at a pool when Dante notices Ari needs help swimming. Ari isn't really sure why he lets Dante help him but they become fast friends. Ari comes from a poor family working hard to get by. He has twin sisters who are significantly older and have their own families. He has an older brother, Bernardo, who is in jail, although Ari is not sure why because his family never discusses the matter. Ari struggles with his own temper, his place in his family, and his friendships. Dante is easy to get along with, has an optimistic view of his future, but is unsure of his place in the Mexican culture because his family's experience is, as he puts it, "too white." This unlikely pair find that their normal teenage angst is magnified when Dante reveals to Ari that he is gay. Sàenz presents a story that hasn't been told, but one that our world desperately needs to hear. It was an honest portrayal of the universal story of youth, and two teenagers who try to unlock secrets as they navigate that universe.
|My favorite line from Aristotle and Dante|