i'm so glad you read ari and dante 😭😭 it's such a SPECIAL book. and i love so many lines in it. Especially this one: “I was harder than Dante. I think I’d tried to hide that hardness from him because I’d wanted him to like me. But now he knew. That I was hard. And maybe that was okay. Maybe he could like the fact that I was hard just as I liked the fact that he wasn’t hard." Their dynamic 😩😩 Just everything about this book felt so raw and real. I need the sequel tbh😭😭😭😭
Loved how you can feel Ari growing up throughout the book, how his loneliness becomes more and more pronounced and you can feel him going from a boy to a man. I loved how his vocabulary expanded and how his voice was so distinctly his. I loved how we all fell in love with Dante through his eyes, watched him call him beautiful and talk about his perfect face with absolute objectivity and innocence. I loved how his repressed feelings were so beautifully brought out, how he even had ME worried that he didn’t love Dante like I fell in love with Dante.
I have many lines highlighted in my copy of the book. I loved this.
“Dante is the first friend I’ve ever had. That scares me.”
“I think that if Dante really knew me, he wouldn’t like me.”