I was fifteen.I was bored.I was miserable.As far as I was concerned, the sun could have melted the blue right off the sky. Then the sky could be as miserable as I was. This started off well, continued to, and was living up to my expectations, but then everything went down a little. I noticed things I didn't notice before. I wasn't even gonna bother with writing a review for this but I got 2 friends telling me to hurry up and write it although I got other things to do that involve school since I was fifteen.I was bored.I was miserable.As far as I was concerned, the sun could have melted the blue right off the sky. Then the sky could be as miserable as I was.
This started off well, continued to, and was living up to my expectations, but then everything went down a little. I noticed things I didn't notice before. I wasn't even gonna bother with writing a review for this but I got 2 friends telling me to hurry up and write it although I got other things to do that involve school since school starts again next week. One of them is very picky and annoying and I'm just questioning our friendship, another one just became a good friend and I don't know what else to say and think decided to become a traitor and now I don't like him because he left me alone, triggered.Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe doesn't even have a plot, to be honest, which is something I hated, so I can't really summarize this. I'm just gonna say this: Aristotle and Dante become really good friends who end up doing things none expected to do together and just want to discover the hidden secrets of the universe. That's really it.Like I said, there was no plot. It was hard going into this book and reading every single word and just telling myself "something is gonna happen" when really, nothing exciting did. I understand there is a message behind this, I do, but that wasn't the whole problem with this. It really depends on the reader and how he or she takes the book, reads it, and reacts to everything happening. A lot happened, yes, but there was still no plot. The book was going from one place to another and it was confusing to follow along at times and that's why it can be hard for the reader to understand what the book really is about. Dante and Ari were characters that one can enjoy reading about, maybe even relatable to some, but there was still nothing that was even interesting about either one.One thing I completely loved about this was the relationship between Dante and Ari. They were such different characters but they managed to get along and just share a lot in common. Both were frustrating, but I've always been a fan of characters that are so different from each other and manage to grow up and like each other. I've always been a fan of characters who have such different personalities and attitudes but blend in such beautiful ways with each other because they're different. Ari and Dante were cute together, they're both cute, and the ending was even bittersweet. They didn't see each other for quite some time but still understood each other, looked out for each other, and were there for each other. They aren't one of my favorite couples, I will admit, but they were still without a doubt really cute. They didn't do many things that couples do because they were afraid to admit that they loved each other, but they still found each other. They didn't find the secrets, after all, they couldn't, but they had found each other and found each other's hidden secrets. Hidden paths. Hidden messages. Hidden light. I must say, the only reason I completely dived into this one was because of the author himself. Benjamin was born in New Mexico in a city I haven't heard of but a state I live in. I was born in New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM, and finally reading a book written by an author that was born here is really really refreshing. You always get these authors and writers and artists born in the most popular or common states like California, Florida, hell even Texas, but never New Mexico. I mean, Demi Lovato was born in Albuquerque and when she came here for a concert, she treated her fans differently even when she was "home" and barely even mentioned Albuquerque. What I mean by different isn't the good different, it's the bad one. You couldn't hug her? HAHAHA, WHAT?? Yeah well, I couldn't, at least. New Mexico sucks y'all, don't move here. We got green chili and that's about it. Other than that we got a shit load of dirt and no grass. We don't have any trees. We don't have plants. We don't have nice pastures. All we got is sand, dirt, chili, mountains, and a shitty bipolar weather that fits with my personality.What else is there to say about this? The characters were relatable, especially Ari. He was miserable, a teen who was miserable and was still finding himself. I'm a teen, I'm sixteen, and I'm still trying to find myself. Some look at me like I have everything planned out for my future, what I want to do and become, where I wanna go. Yes, I have plans, but that doesn't mean those plans are actually gonna happen and work out. I wanna first graduate high school, then go to UCLA to study and get my B.S and prove myself that I was successful. Then I wanna move on to medical school, attend the required pediatric internship and residency, attend the required training of the fellowship and then, finally become the neonatologist I've dreamed of becoming, but I don't know if I will. Ari is kind of like that, minus the school and studying part. He doesn't know what he is really gonna do and who he will become. I don't either. They look at me like I might do, but I don't. Ask me how successful I think I am on a scale of 1-10 and I'll answer you with the number 3. I don't think I'm successful in any way. It's insecurities.. It's stress.. It's sadness..It's struggles.. It's having no support.It's having no inspiration.It's feeling lonely.It's feeling sad.It's feeling alone.It's feeling abandoned.It's feeling useless.Out of all the characters I've read about, Ari is one of the most relatable. He was relatable in almost every way. Like me, he doesn't think before he acts, he just does it. He is frustrating at times and stupid because of the decisions he takes. Actually, he doesn't take decisions. He makes them. He still had troubles being open to himself and everyone else and couldn't control himself at times. He found himself to be a mystery just how he found his own family to be a mystery. It was hard reading about him, but it was also easy. I was impressed by the way he managed to actually grab my attention and captivate me, keep me going and reading, and although his point of view was not the best, I still enjoyed him very very much. I loved his character, and I didn't find him to be annoying. In fact, I felt bad for him. He didn't have any friends, he felt lonely, he was sad, he felt miserable, he was finding himself and had trouble discovering himself, he didn't have anyone, his parents were a mystery, he had a brother in prison, and he had twin sisters older than him which didn't make anything any better. He didn't have any friends that even his mom had to remind him. He would have dreams where he was lost and was looking for his dad and although his dad lived with him and his mom, he was never really able to talk to his dad and have a meaningful conversation. It was just sad.Until he met Dante. So, I also felt bad for Dante. Many would say Ari was an asshole? Annoying? Frustrating? A hard character to get into? Not understandable? Well, in my case, that was definitely not it. In my case, Dante was not an asshole, and not annoying, but he was a character that was hard to get into and understand. Dante was very confusing, more confusing than Ari. He would cry at times because a bird was dying and was getting shot at (coming from a supporter of animal rights I understood that but I didn't feel any emotion) and he would go from being a guy who would argue with Ari and then is laughing along with him. The reason I felt bad for him was because he was in love with Ari but he couldn't express it or tell him. He would even try to make him somewhat jealous but failed too. Although romance isn't the biggest thing in this book - more about friendship and finding yourself - Dante had trouble expressing his feelings to Ari. It was hard for him because he knew who he was and already had discovered himself, but Ari hadn't. Look, they were just such different characters but they managed to blend in with each other and I loved that.The writing of this was the easiest thing to follow, but it was also something else I didn't like. Sometimes, reading a book that I could fly to is the best for me because I'm simply flying through it, but with this one, that wasn't it. I wanted to read more but I couldn't because chapters were so short and so were the sentences. Dante and Ari would be having a big conversation and the whole pages were just small sentences. “Nothing?”“Nope.”“Okay. It sure worked for me.”“Yeah. I think I get that, Dante.”“So, well, that's over with then, huh?”“Yeah.”“Are you mad at me?”“A little.”....“Don't cry, okay?”“Okay.”“You're crying.”“I'm not.”“Okay.”“Okay.”
OKAY OKAY OKAY I WAS NOT OKAY AT SOME PARTS BUT OTHER TIMES I WAS LIKE "OKAY NOW WHAT" "OKAY WHAT" "WHAT DO YOU MEAN OKAY".Some chapters were 1 page short, others like 5, and the max was probably like 7. It wasn't boring, really, but the chapters could've been either longer and added more entertainment to make the story more entertaining and better in general.There's really nothing else I could say. Ari and Dante were, cute, but they were not the cutest. Lately, for some reason, I've been reading LGBT novels and for some reason been so interested in them and find them cute. This one didn't have many expectations but out of all the expectations I had, not many were met. Every LGBT book I've been reading and have read is actually very underrated or has no hype but then I'm quite glad about that because there's no hype so I end up enjoying it while others don't even bother. It's refreshing. more