In this dark and thought-provoking book, Aaron’s father has committed suicide, and Aaron has also made a suicide attempt. Aaron can’t get the support he needs from his friends and girlfriend, so he turns to new friend Thomas. But when their friendship turns into something more, Aaron must choose whether to accept his sexuality or to seek memory-altering treatment at the Leteo Institute.
“Part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, part Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut confronts race, class, and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.
Sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is struggling to find happiness after a family tragedy leaves him reeling. He’s slowly remembering what happiness might feel like this summer with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, but it’s his new best friend, Thomas, who really gets Aaron to open up about his past and confront his future.
As Thomas and Aaron get closer, Aaron discovers things about himself that threaten to shatter his newfound contentment. A revolutionary memory-alteration procedure, courtesy of the Leteo Institute, might be the way to straighten himself out. But what if it means forgetting who he truly is?”
Genre: Contemporary, Science Fiction
Cis boys: Aaron, Thomas (side character)
Aaron and Thomas are gay
Aaron and Thomas are homoromantic
Latinx: Aaron, Thomas
Own Voices: gay, Latinx, mental illness