aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe review/fangirling.

“One summer night I fell asleep, hoping the world would be different when I awoke. In the morning, when I opened my eyes, the world was the same.” 

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I probably shouldn’t be writing a review for this book because it’s my all-time favorite, and all you’ll hear is ”fangirlfangirlfangirlfangirl,” but I’ll do it anyway.

Maybe I should start with why I love it so much. The thing is, it’s pretty hard to say for certain. Everybody has different favorite books, and all for differing reasons. [For the sake of everyone, I will refer to the book as AAD for the rest of the review.]

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AAD is my favorite book because of several reason, one being the beautiful language that is used.

Some of the prettiest quotes:

Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.

It was good to laugh. I wanted to laugh and laugh and laugh until I laughed myself into becoming someone else.” 

 “The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.” 

 “And being alone made me want to talk to someone my own age. Someone who understood that using the “f” word wasn’t a measure of my lack of imagination. Sometimes using that word just made me feel free.

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The second reason I love it is because it taught me a lot about people and families and the way the world works with humans living inside it.

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SUMMARY: 

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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The story is told in the point of view of Aristotle, and as you saw from the quotes, I think he has a very pretty way of telling the story.  He has a very different personality and way of talking than Dante Quintana, the other main character of the novel, although he doesn’t narrate.

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The third reason this book will forever belong to my heart is because I realized as I read the book that each of the characters loved in their own unique way. I haven’t read a lot of books compared to how many there are, but I still have read a fair share and no author was able to portray the different ways of loving someone before better than Benjamin Alire Saenz.

I think this one of the most important reasons to love this book. Also, I should probably mention how well the theme of coming-of-age, sexuality/lgbtq, heritage, and boyhood was woven into the story. The whole thing felt natural. A real life. Not to mention the cry-worthy, fangirl-worthy, and oh-my-god-it’s-three-in-the-morning-but-this-scene-is-so-enthralling-just-one-more-page-worthy parts of this book. Yeah, it’s definitely worthy.

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And I know that no matter how much I gush, like I said before everyone has different favorites and this might not captivate you as much as it did me. So I don’t want to go on and raise the bar higher than heaven, even though I still believe this is the best book ever and no one can not like it [I mean I guess technically they could but whatever].

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So in conclusion, give the book a chance. It deserves one.

[also, all pictures or gifs containing quotes is from the book.]

castle.

Recently, I’ve been really into the show Castle.

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Other than Bones and Veronica Mars, before Castle I had never been one of those girls who watched a lot of detective/murder/police shows.

But then Castle came along. [yes, in this post I’m only going to use Castle gifs to express my feels.]

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I instantly fell in love with it. Not only is the main character a charming, witty, and “ruggedly handsome” writer but every single murder has a very complicated and twisted story of its own. I know every detective series has it like that too, but for some reason Castle‘s stories seem more intricately woven.

Or maybe I am biased.

Granted, the main reason I’m watching the series is not because of the amazing murder plots but because of the romantic line in the story. Sue me but I like it when the romantic plot-line in a series is well-written. And in Castle, Kate Beckett and Richard Castle are fangirl-worthy.

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Seriously, who can’t love these two?

Basically, it’s about a famous mystery writer [Richard Castle] who is asked by the police to help them investigate a series of murders because the victims were murdered the same peculiar way he had written them in his books.

After they solved the case [that’s the first episode], Castle realizes he really likes solving real-life cases [plus Detective Kate Beckett is hot] so he convinces the force to let him shadow Detective Beckett on her cases for his new book inspired by her.

Long story short, the book is so successful he makes it into a series and as of now he’s been “shadowing” Beckett for six years.

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Beckett keeps a lot of information about herself from Castle, while Castle is more open.

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The reason I’m writing this is not to convince you to watch it, since you should be doing that already. No, the reason I’m writing this is because I need to vent out my love for this show before I erupt into happy little corrupted butterflies and let my brain fly away.

It could happen.

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To let you get an even deeper insight about my feels for this show, here’s a gif that represents my facial expression when Castle‘s on.

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and if someone asks what the hell is wrong with me, I’ll be like:

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and my dog, Yeti, will be like: “YOLO!”

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And this is the end because now I’m in the mood to watch more Castle, byeeeeeeeee!

book reviews.

I am going to review some books here, not in a professional way but in a loose, I-just-feel-like-writing-my-opinions-about-books way. If you want to share your own opinion on a book I reviewed, comment on the post 😛

If I like a book, I’ll probably smell it:

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If I am neither pleased nor absolutely horrified of the book, I’ll probably never read it again and use it as paper weight or something.

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If I really, really don’t like a book then I’ll be extremely angry for wasting my time reading something rubbish instead of reading something else that actually matters:

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And if it’s apparent that a book is awful in the first couple chapters, I won’t even finish it. I wanted to tell you that because there are some people like my mom and sister who, even if they already know they don’t like the book, will still finish it just because they don’t like keeping things hanging. I’m not like that. I can’t stand reading a book I don’t like.

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I think the best books are the ones you read in a day because it’s so good you can’t go on with your life until you’re done.

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And then once you’ve finished, you feel like there is a huge, empty hole in your soul because there is no more of the story. That’s it.

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But you know, that’s just me.