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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Bound for Schools & Libraries)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Bound for Schools & Libraries) | Benjamin Alire Saenz, Benjamin Alire Saaenz
This Printz Honor Book is a "tender, honest exploration of identity" ("Publishers Weekly") that distills lyrical truths about family and friendship. Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship--the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
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BooksNBowls
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Beautiful coming-of-age story about family, friendship, acceptance, and identity. Beautiful prose and a tender love story! #lgbtq #YA #slowburn

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Pickpick

What a sweet and tender coming of age story. I can see why people love it. Quick read, will be sending it to my younger sibling 💌
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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reading_rainbow
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Book recommendation from my little cousin 💙🍦

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shortsarahrose
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While there are aspects of this that feel a bit cliche, I enjoyed reading it. I clicked with Ari‘s thoughtful yet conflicted perspective. I love that the parents were a vital part of the story, that they were loving but imperfect. And the portrayal of a young person‘s coming to terms with their sexuality (and being concerned what parents will think/not admitting it to yourself) was honest. Once I got into it, I had trouble putting it down.

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shortsarahrose
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“I was mostly invisible. I think I liked it that way.
And then Dante came along.”

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PuddleJumper
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Mehso-so

I think this book suffered from the hype around it because I went in expecting something amazing and found something mediocre

This isn't a bad book. Its not my kind of book, I found it stylistically challenging and the emo philosophizing was irritating.

I didn't connect with it in the way that I wanted to. I may return to it when I don't have covid as I may have more patience for it, I don't know. I'm disappointed

BkClubCare Sometimes, I want NOT to be excited for a book. It can really mess with enjoyment! 2mo
PuddleJumper @BkClubCare It really can and it's not the books fault! 2mo
BkClubCare @PuddleJumper - and, to me? This means that I need to be a bit more generous sometimes, that mood/time/space/magic can really play a part in that binary LIKE or NOT. #smiles 2mo
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PickettT
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Planned to take study breaks where I read which has quickly turned into reading breaks where I study. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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amb_morg
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

😭This book was so stunningly beautiful! 😭

I stumbled across this one while perusing BookTok. And I am so glad I picked it up because it did not disappoint! I hiiiighly recommend this one!

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Ast_Arslan
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Yesterday I finished the tagged book for #FabolousFebruary #readathon by @Andrew65

Such a nice and delicate story! I really liked it!

My goals:
1. Finish the tagged book ✔
2. Read Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe (by Benjamin Alire Sáenz) ✔
3. Read Bolla (by Pajtim Statovci)
4. Read Sisters (by Daisy Johnson)

Andrew65 Going well 👏👏👏 3mo
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peaknit
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Wonderful coming of age story read by the perfect narrator. And maybe the best part…there is another book about these two sweet, complicated boys.

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Ast_Arslan
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

💖 As I did not celebrate Valentine's day, I post the Greek Lovers bookmarks that my sister took for me in Greece 😂
💙 Tagged one that it will be a pick... or at least it seems to 😂
🖤 I'm grateful for the little unexpected moments of joy

@TheNeverendingTBR @Mavey @peanutnine @damselsgotballs wanna join?

damselsgotballs Thanks for the tag! ❤️ 3mo
Ast_Arslan @damselsgotballs you're welcome ❤ 3mo
peanutnine Thanks for the tag! I love those bookmarks! 3mo
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Ast_Arslan @peanutnine me too 🤩😂💙 3mo
Eggs Great bookmark 🔖 3mo
Ast_Arslan @Eggs thank you! 3mo
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Ast_Arslan
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133 pages left, but I really have to go to work soon 😅
Yesterday I was too tired to read after my shift, I really hope that today will be different 🤟🏻
Such a nice book! 🤟🏻

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TJAhearne
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This book is amazing and an interesting story about how to handle finding yourself. It‘s a great love story between families and teenagers and learning to know and talk to each other. It‘s a great YA novel.

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Ast_Arslan
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I'm finally reading this one! I'm already at part nr 2 🤩🤟🏻

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Mariasimon
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10/10. So amazing. So cute. I wish I had this book when I was in high school

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TJAhearne
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Starting a new book my students recommended. I‘m super excited even by the first page.

monalyisha Oh, I love this! I listened to it. It‘s read by Lin-Manuel Miranda. So good! 3mo
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RealLifeReading
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Made this tangzhong half-whole-wheat bread yesterday while listening to Lin-Manuel Miranda narrating this great audiobook.

What celebrity-narrated audiobooks have you enjoyed?

DivineDiana This looks fantastic! 👏🏻 👩‍🍳👏🏻 Dan Stevens reading “The Angel‘s Game”. Superb! 4mo
Cathythoughts Yum yum yum 4mo
Simona 😋🤤Looks perfect and delicious! 4mo
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Juliev Loved Will (will Smith), Greenlights (Matthew mccoughnahey), The Storyteller (Dave Grohl) 4mo
bookishdawg A Man Called Ove, narrated by George Newbern & A Monster Calls, narrated by Jason Isaacs ❤️👍🏻 4mo
RealLifeReading @Cathythoughts I love bread 😄 4mo
RealLifeReading @Simona thank you 😊 4mo
RealLifeReading @Juliev oh I recently listened to Storyteller. What a great audiobook! 4mo
RealLifeReading @bookishdawg I already read A Monster Calls but Jason Isaacs?? definitely calls for a listen! 4mo
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Read4life
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Here‘s my #WeekendReading plan.

Andrew65 Loved The Making of Us. 4mo
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kspenmoll
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#12booksof2021 #10 #11

Two very different but best reads of October and November. Can‘t believe it took me so ling to get to Aristotle & Dante- such a beautiful lyrical coming of age & coming to terms with one‘s sexual orientation. The Thursday Murder Club- highly entertaining.

Crazeedi Thurs murder club is my doublespin this month!! Whoohoo!! 4mo
AmyG @Crazeedi It‘s my Bookspin. 👊🏻 4mo
Crazeedi @AmyG yay!! 4mo
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Nutmegnc Love me some Aristotle and Dante!!! 😍😍😍 4mo
sherrisilvera I listened to the audio of Aristotle and Dante read by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It was excellent! 4mo
Andrew65 Both great choices. 4mo
kspenmoll @sherrisilvera That must have wonderful narration!!! 4mo
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Ast_Arslan
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I'm in love with all my gift, the socks and the snowflake blanket are soft and warm 😍
I really can't wait to read the books and the comic 😍

Merry Christmas! 🎄❤

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AileenRR
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Re-listened and fell in love with these families all over again.

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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

This YA/coming of age/LGBT series-starter wasn‘t bad, but it didn‘t wow me (like it seems to for most people). Read my full review here https://debbybrauer.org/#aristotle-and-dante-discover-the-sec...

This is an impulse read for #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

#WrapItUpReadathon @keys_on_fire

keys_on_fire I always feel like I‘m missing something when a book that wins awards doesn‘t hit me the same way… 5mo
JoyBlue @keys_on_fire Same! I have a friend who felt meh about the book, too, but for completely different reasons than I. It was interesting to chat with him about that. He made some excellent points. 5mo
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Eva_B
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Mehso-so

I can see why teenagers love this book. For me, it was OK.

MrsMalaprop It‘s one of the first books I added to my Litsy #tbr. Still haven‘t gotten to it though. 5mo
Eva_B @MrsMalaprop Book 2 in the series has just been released. 5mo
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May112
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I already read it and it was so great! I rated it 5-stars and I was so excited to read the second series of this!:D

ozma.of.oz Welcome to Litsy!🎉🎉 6mo
May112 @ozma.of.oz

Thank you! It's my first time using it😍😍
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MaggieCarr
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(reread) I didn't specifically remember being wowed by the composure and support Ari and Dante's parents shared. Told without their perspectives, but noting the current event aids topics of the setting- they weren't oblivious about the obstacles their boys would face in the wake of a friendship turned romance, we (as readers) just don't get to feel the emotions encompassing what was likely a part of their wake and asleep.

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MMFinck
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My favorite book of the year. ❤️❤️

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kspenmoll
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I am ever so grateful @WanderingBookaneer that you gifted me this book. My review: Heart.💓, heartfelt, heartbreaking, heartwarming, be still my beating heart. Love. This. Book.
#grateful #heart

CoffeeNBooks This is such a great book! 7mo
nichollinlove One of the very few books I've reread. Audio first time, print second. Lin Manuel Miranda is the perfect Ari. 7mo
Librariana The author is my former Creative Writing Teacher from college 😁😊 I, too, fell in love with this book and am very excited to read the sequel soon 7mo
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kspenmoll @Librariana Lucky you to have this author as a writing teacher! 7mo
kspenmoll @nichollinlove Audio read by Lin Manuel Miranda sounds wonderful! 7mo
kspenmoll @CoffeeNBooks totally agree! 7mo
CoffeeNBooks @nichollinlove I loved listening to the audio of this with Lin Manuel Miranda narrating! 7mo
CoffeeNBooks @Librariana That's so cool! I love Benjamin Alire Saenz! I can't wait for Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World. 7mo
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kspenmoll
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Enjoying this book gift so much tonight. Thank you @WanderingBookaneer

CoffeeNBooks Great book! 7mo
mariaku21 I loved that book! 7mo
WanderingBookaneer The sequel comes out next week and it is a beautiful book. 7mo
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anxious_bibliophile
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Loved it...!

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BayouGirl85
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This read brought me back to my teen years when so much in changing physically, socially, heck in general. You haven‘t discovered who you are. You don‘t understand what happening to you body. You don‘t understand the complexities of the relationships around you. Aristotle and Dante is a gem that reminds you of those times and the fact that you were not alone in those feelings.

September Book 2/25 #LitsyLove #bookspinbingo

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Mpcacher

I am late to the table on this one as I just discovered it because there I was able to get an advance copy of the sequel that is coming out later this fall (I work part time in a bookstore). Wow -what a wonderful read and not just for teens.

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BayouGirl85
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I‘m reading Wasted Words and The Red Notebook as well as the tagged one.

I would love to hear what you are reading. 🤔

Lesanne I‘m reading Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena (BOTM) and How to Love Animals in a Human Shaped World by Henry Mance. 9mo
Allylu I‘m reading The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton (#LMPBC) and A Good Girl‘s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson. 9mo
Kdgordon88 I‘m reading Valentine (audio), Blacktop Wasteland (kindle) starting Moonlight Over Paris (print) 9mo
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BayouGirl85 @Lesanne those sound interesting. 🤔😊 9mo
BayouGirl85 @Allylu are mysteries one of your go-to genres? 9mo
BayouGirl85 @Kdgordon88 I have seen the cover for Moonlight Over Paris around. Have you started it yet? 9mo
Kdgordon88 Not yet…afternoon plans 😊 9mo
Allylu @BayouGirl85 Actually, I didn‘t think so, but I do enjoy them! 9mo
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dimedgirl
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Haven‘t been able to read much from finals from school, but I have to read this last book for school ✨


#FirstLineFriday

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kavikrishacs
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There was emotion. Lesson. Fear. Anger. Frustration. Helplessness. Bond. Relations. Burden. And Love. 'You don't fall for the gender, but for the person'- I read it somewhere and we always fall for the person who feels like home. Who can make us feel protected, secured and loved. And this homeliness doesn't come in size, shape or even gender. It comes in one's innate character. Highly recommended.

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Bookgoil
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I finished one of my spins my #doublespin was this amazing book about friendship and finding oneself and also some budding early romance. Absolutely love it! I will be reading the sequel soon for sure! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
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kera_11
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yes. Yes. YES. !!!!!!
not only portrays a multitude of positive forms of masculinity, but also positive relationships between boys as they transition into young men.

Between a couple of traumatic accidents, lots of letters, a reunion, and coming-out story, these characters that you grow to love so deeply, explore issues of authenticity, LGBTQIA+ relationships, and family.
TW: transphobia, homophobia, violence

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peanutnine
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Aristotle, a loner who keeps his feelings hidden deep inside, meets talkative Dante who wears his heart on his sleeve. They become best friends and everything changes.
I loved this story so much! 💕 It was about Ari and Dante's friendship, but also about figuring out how to connect with your family, dealing with trauma, and coming to terms with your identity.
Also, the audiobook is read by Lin-Manuel Miranda so that was a bonus 😍

CoffeeNBooks I loved this book! 11mo
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NataliePatalie
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For June bookclub we picked a LGBTQ+ book for Pride month! I ended up finishing it way early...my hold from the library came quicker than expected, and it was just an easy book to get though! The audio is read by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In the Heights) and he did a great job. I love that they picked a reader not only of the same ethnicity as the characters, but a strong advocate of the LGBTQ+ community.

Blueberry I gave it 4/5 stars. 11mo
NataliePatalie @Blueberry I think I gave it 3 on GR but I might go back and change it to 4. A second book is coming out in October. 11mo
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NataliePatalie
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1. Still working through Grady Hendrix's Satan Loves You. I keep reading some & then setting it aside to read other stuff 👀 It's not as good as his newer books.
2. I finally want to start reading S.! I finished my book club book (mentioned in #3) super early so I think this is a good time.
3. For book club we're reading Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, in honor of Pride month!

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain @Blueberry

Blueberry I think my favorite Grady Hendrix was Horrorstör. 11mo
NataliePatalie @Blueberry That's my favorite, too. So unique! 11mo
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CuriousG
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I'm posting one book per day from the ever growing unread stacks in my personal library. No description or explanation, just books I own and plan to read. #tbr

Day 72 (Kindle edition)

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CuriousG
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I'm posting one book per day from the ever growing unread stacks in my personal library. No description or explanation, just books I own and plan to read. #tbr

Day 52 (kindle edition)

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TK-421
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“Something happened inside me as I looked out into the vast universe. Through that #telescope, the world was closer and larger than I'd ever imagined. And it was all so beautiful and overwhelming and- I don't know- it make me aware that there was something inside of me that mattered.” #QuotsyApr21

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StuckOnChapter13
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This was such an enjoyable read. I found Ari to be an extremely relatable character especially during his younger years in the book. The romance was not only adorable but also seemed quite realistic. It is on the slow-burn side so if that is not your style this might not be for you.

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annamatopoetry
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*happy dance *

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wideeyedreader
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘ll admit it. I teared up a little at the end of this book.

fredamans I loved this one too! 1y
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BookMad7
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5/5 This book was so good! 😭 I don‘t often cry from books but this book had such a beautiful story that I cried like a baby! Read September 2020

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Kenyazero
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I've added 2 more titles to my #LGBTQ2021 Bingo card this week. #BookBingo #ReadingChallenge #LGBTQBookBingo2021

4thhouseontheleft I just found your challenge and is it okay to jump in mid-year? I already have some books I‘ve read in 2021 that would ✔️ some of these prompts! 🌈 11mo
Kenyazero @4thhouseontheleft you can absolutely jump in mid year and check off prior 2021 reads! Welcome aboard! 11mo
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Kenyazero
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Another excellent read. I wouldn't have enjoyed this as a teenager because I didn't like general fiction, nobody's experiences resonated with me. The exploration of life, love, self discovery, & the lived experiences of others in this book is excellent. There's a major talk-to-heal component too. It was also fun that Lin-Manuel Miranda reads it. Content warnings for homophobia, violence, & transphobia leading to murder of a trans woman. #LGBTQ #YA