Year 16, Book 80

80. Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I was so disappointed in this book. It’s been a really long time since I read the book that this book is a sequel to, so I don’t fully remember what I loved about it so much but I rated that book very highly and my review of it was glowing. This book felt mostly pointless to me. I did not feel like anything really happened in it nor did I feel like I got any better feel for who the characters were. This is also definitely a book that you need to have read the first one for because there is not really any previous context given. You’re just dropped in where the previous book left off. It also seemed entirely ridiculous to me that for a book set in the 90s that every single person these characters interacted with from friends to family was not only fully in support of them being gay but was overly encouraging about it in a way that seemed entirely unrealistic. There were some allusions to you know people out there *gestures broadly* that would make life difficult for them, but the book certainly didn’t make that seem to be the case. In ideal world yes that is how things would be but especially when you set a book in the past in a time when it for sure would have not gone down like that I found it really annoying. I give it a 4 out of 10.

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