| (26 Jan 2015)|
|Aristoltle is fifteen, friendless, can't swim, Mexican-American, and feels perpetually angry. He adores his mother and at times finds he can really talk to her. But, his father, a former Marine and Viet Nam veteran, seems unreachable. It's summer and he wants to do something. Then, one day at the pool, he meets Dante who offers to teach him to swim.|
Like Aristotle, Dante is also Mexican, but he seems able to talk to anybody, is smart and funny, and has a dad he can talk to. Then again, his mother, the therapist, is a little more difficult to talk with, but Dante seems to take it in stride. And Dante wants a friend too.
This novel of family, friendship, loneliness, bigotry, discrimination, death, pain and sexual identity is one of the most beautifully written works in YA (LGBT) literature I have ever read. I have not been moved by such a work in many years. I highly recommend this novel.