In Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s multi-award-winning young adult novel, we meet Ari Mendoza and Dante Quintana—two very different Mexican American teenagers living in 1980s New Mexico. We follow their relationship develop over three years, as the boys struggle to figure out their place in the world. A little like Nick Nelson, Ari is hesitant and uncertain when it comes to his love for the sweet-natured, carefree Dante—although in many ways his character is darker and more troubled than cheerful Nick. But this beautiful, lyrical book will capture your heart if you loved Heartstopper.
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