There Will Be Other Summers
I started last year off in a perfect way. I ordered several books, one of which I connected with on a great level. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe moved me greatly, to the point, I nearly teared up after completing it. This award-winning novel spoke to me on several levels. I resonated deeply with the outgoing and affectionate Dante, whom also combated his inner demons about his Mexican heritage. As for Aristotle, I knew his pain of a paternal figure so distant and the mysteries his family never told him. It was as if Benjamin Alire Sáenz knew what was going on inside of my head and put the words on paper. It was as if, I felt validated in my identity as a queer Mexican boy.
Ari and Dante sequel: There Will Be Other Summers. Story begins where it left off. Remains in Ari’s POV. Stay tuned.
— Benjamin Alire Saenz (@BenjaminAlireSa) January 27, 2016
There Will Be Other Summers. It’s a cryptic and vaguely ominous title that I adore so much, and I know the author himself has big plans for his beloved characters. While there isn’t much to say about what’s to come, I can’t help but feel overwhelmed with the news of one of my favorite authors extending Aristotle and Dante’s story. What we can say is that the novel continues where its predecessor left off and will remain in Ari’s point of view. Previously, Sáenz mentioned that there would potentially be another book that detailed AaDDtSotU from Dante’s perspective. Whether that comes to fruition, consider my money taken and the book pre-ordered.
I grew to love these two characters because of how much I identified with them. It was a gentle reminder of the complexities of human nature and that of the universe. Whether we solved them or not, it was nice exploring queer characters that were of color. It was refreshing to read a story that featured Mexican lead characters, that didn’t involve white washing. It was a good read that involved poetic quotes that will forever be embedded in my mind. Below are my top five quotes from the first book, and I know there will be many more to come.
Top 5 Quotes
- “Words were different when they lived inside of you.”
- “I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hands.”
- “Words were not things you could control. Not always.”
- “Swimming and you, Ari. Those are the things I love most.”
- “How could I have ever been ashamed of loving Dante Quintana?”