My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: February 12th, 2019
Publisher: First Second
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, LGBTQIA+, Friendship, Coming of Age, Love
I just want everyone on this planet to read this lovely queer graphic novel. Is that too much to ask?
I have no idea though why this book was published in FEBRUARY because it is 100% a summer read and for a second there, after finishing it, I wondered if the snow outside had perhaps melted.
Regardless, it made me long for summer even more than I already am and that’s quite alright. Summer means no more school, means exams are over, means summer trip if my passport ever arrives. I feel all the more motivated to get through this last month of classes if what awaits at the end of the dark tunnel is a beautiful light that will tan my skin.
But back to the story. It follows Ari (Aristotle) who works at his family’s bakery but all he really wants is to move in with his band and pursue his love of music. That is, until he meets Hector, who reminds him that there is a lot of beauty in his life already.
I am one for slow-burns so I felt like I hit the jackpot with this book. It reminded me of Taproot by Keezy Young, another beautiful queer graphic novel that made my insides melt. The reason why I can’t give it five stars is because, while Ari & Hector’s relationship was wonderful and rekindled my love of love, Ari’s relationship with his friends frustrated me. At times, I was even confused—does Ari have feelings for Cameron? Does Hannah have feelings for Ari? These things were not well addressed.
The artwork does, however, deserve five shiny stars. And I want more! Pleeeaaase.
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