In this novel set in Texas, two lonely boys meet at a swimming pool. Through their friendship they discover truths about the people they’d like to be, as well as their sexuality.
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“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.“
Genre: Contemporary/Historical (set in the 1980s)
Cis boys: Aristotle and Dante
Gay: Dante, Aristotle
Homoromantic: Dante, Aristotle
Both Aristotle and Dante are Latino and Mexican-American
Gay, Latino, Mexican-American
Some violence, some alcohol use.
There is a mention of a fatal hate crime committed against someone who might be a trans woman. It is not described on the page, but it is treated somewhat flippantly.