Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Book Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sánez

Even though summers were mostly made of sun and heat,
summers for me were about the storms that came and went.
And left me feeling alone.

Did all boys feel alone?

The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.

The novel follows 15 year old Aristotle Mendoza; Ari is lonely, pessimistic and curious. Ari meets the smart, lively, sweet Dante Quintana at the pools, where he offers to teach Ari to swim. Ari and Dante become closer friends and set out to discover the secrets of the universe together, whether it be working out their 'inscrutable' parents, kissing girls, growing up, working each other out and furthermore themselves. 

Sometimes you read a book that stays with you, that leaves in a pool of tears; this was that book for me. This was the most beautiful coming of age story I have ever read. 
I felt as if I was present with Ari and Dante, feeling the struggles that the teenage years brought right with them. It took me on an emotional roller coaster at every point, I don't think I have ever cried so much during a book. The emotion was raw and real and made me connect with the novel on an extremely personal level. It showed the value of love, life and what it means to grow up and accept yourself and all the darkness you once had. Not a single word was wasted, after every chapter I had to put the book down and digest every word. I loved that Sánez left you with something to think about after every chapter. This book was relatable, poetic and simply genius. I don't even know what else to say apart from this book left me speechless, and maybe just maybe this book helped me discover the secrets to my own universe. 

Rating:    ★ 

Book Review: Lolito - Ben Brooks

Hello lovely people, this is the first of many book reviews I will be doing as I am quite book crazed. So without further adieu (I never actually knew how to spell adieu so I had to Google it)

The story follows 15 year old Etgar Allison. After finding out his girlfriend, Alice Calloway had cheated on him with the tribal tattooed Aaron Mathews his world falls apart. Etgar eventually goes onto an adult chat room where he meets the middle aged mother of two, Macy. Etgar and Macy pursue a sexual relationship via the internet and eventually meet in a hotel room in London.

The book was disturbing at parts, the language was explicit and I loved every moment of it. If you like stories about 15 year old boys getting over their girlfriends by pretending to be a 30 year old mortgage broker, having cyber sex with middle aged ladies and detailed writing about cumming into a sock, this is the one for you.