Just like what Ari wrote on his journal, I am also listing down all the things I have admired from this book. So, here I go.
These are the things I loved most about Ari and Dante and also to their parents. Also to Ari’s dog, Legs. Okay, things I loved most about this beautifully-written, awesome, lovely book. (In particular order this time)
•I loved it when they had arguments about small things. Like when they argued about the game they played at the street where they needed to use the tape measure. It talks about the importance of rules. The way they do it is so natural. Benjamin Alire Saenz knows how to talk like a teenager of the year 1987. Not to say that he’s that old.
•Ari and Dante both love dogs. The heart they have for animals. That’s why.
•Ari’s a loner. I see myself in him, sometimes.
•I’m inlove with the way Ari screamed Dante’s name to death just to find him lost somewhere in one of his dreams.
•Those moments when Ari and Dante repeat each other’s word. It’s their way of flirting, I guess.
•How much do you love your parents most especially at times when they read you stories and poems before bedtime? A lot, right. Well, you must love Dante.
•Mark into Kram which doesn’t make sense. Aristotle anagrams his own nickname and make something out of it. A metaphor.
•I adored Ari’s bravery. He doesn’t mind looking ‘shit’ because of what he did for Dante. A lot of ‘shit’ from Ari coming.
•THE SPONGE BATH THING.
•Just see the last three sentences on page 150 and the first sentence on page 151. I’m telling you now. See for yourself and you’ll definitely go crimson.
•Did I just mention all “the things I loved”? Okay, I like it when Ari say something like bad and her mom would tell him to watch his language. So, here I am. SCREW YOU, ARI! (see page 164 why)
•Brace yourselves for Ileana Tellez. No, I mean cast yourselves.
•“I think we need to do something about rules. I’m not going to tell you that I miss you anymore.” This line actually hits me. It really pains me to read this particular line. Agree? But I loved it anyway. Tell me I’m not a masochist.
•Naked teenagers on the desert with only their tennis shoes with them while running in the rain.
•#LoveWins for Ari’s aunt Ophelia and Franny.
“It didn’t matter to you that she lived with Franny?” Ari said.
“To some people it mattered,” Ari’s dad said.
Though, his dad didn’t answer it directly. The point is don’t let anyone you don’t know tell you something bad that might only frustrate you. Just listen to those people who loved you and that is your family.
•Loving what Ari said, “The summer was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.” I should be out there all the days of June, July, August, and September to dance in the rain. I know Philippine climate very well.
•I loved Ari’s father, Mr. Santiago Mendoza. The way he talked to Ari while drinking beers. I don’t know if it’s him who’s talking or the beer.
•Sometimes we do things we love not knowing that it actually hurts us also. (see pages 339 and 340)
The characters in this book will live inside my heart forever. This perfectly-woven story captured my emotions –how to love people and be loved in return. We sometimes overlook the love we received from our parents just like Ari and Dante. Little do they know, as the day passes by, they get to figure how much their parents loved them. Don’t we all wish we had parents like theirs?
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