What It Is About: Sal (Salvador) is heading into his senior year. Life has been good with his gay father and the surrounding loving and surrounding family. Sal has always depended on his best friend Sam (Samantha). Sal is worried about his father. An old "friend" of his has returned to town after leaving years earlier. He and his father are concerned about Mima (grandmother) and the diagnosis she has just received. When a tragic event takes Sam's mother away, she moves in with Sal and his father. The three of them begin to form a new type of family. To round out this high-school friendship, Sal and Sam take in Fito who is a best friend to Sal. Each of them is dealing with tough issues in their lives and they rely on each other for support, love, and advice.
What I Thought Of It: I enjoy the writing style of Benjamin Alire Saenz. He is perfect with his word choice and brings the reader directly into the center of the story. There were so many aspects of this story I enjoyed. I thought the relationship between Sal and his father was one of a kind. There was something very special about the bond between this father and his son. The friendship between Sal and Sam was tender, funny, and quite special. They each brought so much to each other's lives. Even though there were quite a bit of "sad" moments woven throughout the story, there was always a sense of hope and encouragement. These three young people sure found their way into my mind and above that my heart.
Who Should Read It: This is the perfect novel for the young-adult reader. I would especially say the high school reader. There are many aspects of the plot that many readers this age would be able to relate to. If you are an adult reader that read Aristotle and Dante, then I highly recommend this newest work of fiction. Happy Reading!
Rating: 4 STARS out of 5 Stars