Review originally published on Goodreads – Nov. 25, 2018.
“Can I tell you a secret, Ari?”
“Can I stop you?”
“You don’t like knowing my secrets.”
“Sometimes your secrets scare me.”
Dante laughed. “I wasn’t really kissing Daniel. In my head, I was kissing you.”
I had originally set 50 books as my reading challenge when I returned to Goodreads last July. This is the 50th read in 5 months so yaaaay~
I had a slow burn relationship with Ari and Dante. I was actually contemplating to DNF this one or get back at this another time. But I gave it a chance.. well, good thing I did.
A lot of my friends here and in bookstagram loved Ari and Dante. And their love for the two boys actually kept me going to find the good in their story.
This book has very little plot. It is really the day to day life as told by Ari himself. It’s realistic fiction that sets the tone of the 80s era and the culture of El Paso, Texas where they are.
It is amusing to be stuck in the mind of Ari. As he has some weird and some sad/dark thoughts. Dante is the one who makes him lighter at times. Eventhough we can’t hear Dante’s thoughts, I love how his personality shines through the dialogue.
I actually was enamored by this story. I loved it so much. Character development was great. The conflict resolution. Kind and supportive parents are very cute and also refreshing to read in a YA novel. The writing style is addictive and makes you keep turning the pages.
I heard rumors of a sequel and I will definitely be waiting!
☁ THE CRITERIA ☁
🌻 Hero 2: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Support Characters: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Writing Style: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Character Development: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Page Turner:⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
☁FINAL VERDICT: 4.09/5☁