I have mixed feelings about this book as well as mixed feelings about the characters. I think the writing was very beautiful, and I think Lin Manuel Miranda did a great job narrating the audiobook (although, I couldn't stop imagining Ari as Lin). Although I did enjoy Ari's character, and by the end of the book, I liked him a lot more than I did at the beginning, I enjoyed Dante's character even more. (view spoiler) I have mixed feelings about this book as well as mixed feelings about the characters. I think the writing was very beautiful, and I think Lin Manuel Miranda did a great job narrating the audiobook (although, I couldn't stop imagining Ari as Lin). Although I did enjoy Ari's character, and by the end of the book, I liked him a lot more than I did at the beginning, I enjoyed Dante's character even more. (view spoiler) I loved the examination of the boys' relationships with their parents, and I think Dante's relationship with his was especially great because it wasn't this strained, angsty relationship that I'm used to seeing in YA novels. I think the growth between Ari and his father was also beautiful and well done. I don't have as much of a problem with the lack of major plot as some other reviewers, but I think it's important to note that it's not action-packed or anything; it's almost more of a character study, which I kind of love. I know this book is about discovery, so it's more about the journey, but I do wish the ending was a little more...grandiose maybe? I just wish it was more of a revelation, even with all of the foreshadowing leading up to it.
Overall, I enjoyed it, and I enjoyed the realness and flaws of the characters. I think I'll be picking up the sequel (if it is ever released).

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