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* ParentsAsPeople: Ari loves and hates his parents. While he acknowledges they're providing and loving, they're also distant in certain ways, his father in particular has a hard time communicating with him, due to PTSD from Vietnam, despite Ari wanting to learn more about him. His mother is also thhe main emotional support Ari has in his life, but he hates that she acts like his brother doesn't exists. [[spoiler:He eventually gets to mutually open up with them after learning how damaging Bernardo's sentencing hit the family.]]

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* ParentsAsPeople: Ari loves and hates his parents. While he acknowledges they're providing and loving, they're also distant in certain ways, his father in particular has a hard time communicating with him, due to PTSD from Vietnam, despite Ari wanting to learn more about him. His mother is also thhe the main emotional support Ari has in his life, but he hates that she acts like his brother doesn't exists. [[spoiler:He eventually gets to mutually open up with them after learning how damaging Bernardo's sentencing hit the family.]]



* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler:Although he doesn't appear, Bernardo is one to Ari. Both seem to be good people at heart, or at least Bernardo was at some point, but have deep anger issues that they don't deal with. Bernardo eventually committed two murders due to his complete lack of self-control, one of which was a tranvestite prostitute in a hate crime. Ari's anger is much more controlled, but there are many moments where it bubbles to the surface, with the specific moment where he attacks a man who attacked Dante bringing back bringing back memories of Bernardo to their mother. It's easy to interpret Bernardo as what Ari could have become without Dante.]]

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* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler:Although he doesn't appear, Bernardo is one to Ari. Both seem to be good people at heart, or at least Bernardo was at some point, but have deep anger issues that they don't deal with. Bernardo eventually committed two murders due to his complete lack of self-control, one of which was a tranvestite prostitute in a hate crime. Ari's anger is much more controlled, but there are many moments where it bubbles to the surface, with the specific moment where he attacks a man who attacked Dante bringing back bringing back memories of Bernardo to their mother. It's easy to interpret Bernardo as what Ari could have become without Dante.]]


* ComingOfAgeStory: The story focuses on Ari as he comes to gripes with his sexuality, his emotional issues and his relationship with his parents.



* VisualDevelopment: Ari changes a lot during the middle of the novel. While Dante is in Chicago for almost a year, Ari takes on weight lifting and jogging, becoming toned over the course of the year.

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* VisualDevelopment: Ari changes a lot during the middle of the novel. While Dante is in Chicago for almost a year, Ari takes on weight lifting and jogging, becoming toned over the course of the year. year and letting his hair grow a bit more. Meanwhile, by the time Dante returns from Chicago, he has cut his hair shorter and grown to be taller than Ari, as well as being described as losing a lot of boyishness for a more grown-up look. This change represents how much they changed when they were apart and how they've become closer to the end of their youth and of adulthood.


* TheUnperson: One of the main conflicts of the story is how Ari's brother has been completely erased from the family's memories after he was arrested, with his parents and sisters refusing to talk about him. [[spoiler:He learns that it is not the shame, but rather the hurt that caused it, with his mom having a breakdown when Bernardo was arrested and couldn't bear to see him. Once that comes to the surface, they manage to talk about him, and slowly re-incorporate his memory into their lives.]]

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* TheUnperson: {{Unperson}}: One of the main conflicts of the story is how Ari's brother has been completely erased from the family's memories after he was arrested, with his parents and sisters refusing to talk about him. [[spoiler:He learns that it is not the shame, but rather the hurt that caused it, with his mom having a breakdown when Bernardo was arrested and couldn't bear to see him. Once that comes to the surface, they manage to talk about him, and slowly re-incorporate his memory into their lives.]]


* {{Gayngst}}: Even after coming out to Ari, Dante is still wary and ashamed of being gay, afraid of coming out of his parents and hoping that this would be easier if their next child was straight. Of course, it's also the 80s, which was considerable more homophobic.
* TheGhost: Bernardo, Ari's brother. It is mentioned that there are no pictures of him and he is not mentioned. Ari can't even remember exactly what he looks like. [[spoiler:While he doesn't show up in person, and in fact apparently refuses to be visited in prison, Ari finally learns what he looked like when his mother allows him to see pictures of him.]]



* IOweYouMyLife: Dante after Ari saves him from [[spoiler: getting hit by a car.]]

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* HomophobicHateCrime: [[spoiler:Dante is attacked and hospitalized by 4 men for being caught kissing another man. That said, he is hospitalized, but survives, and is recovered by the end of the book, physically, but still emotionally fragile.]]
* IOweYouMyLife: Dante after Ari saves him from [[spoiler: getting [[spoiler:getting hit by a car.]]



* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler:Although he doesn't appear, Bernardo is one to Ari. Both seem to be good people at heart, or at least Bernardo was at some point, but have deep anger issues that they don't deal with. Bernardo eventually committed two murders due to his complete lack of self-control, one of which was a tranvestite prostitute in a hate crime in a hate crime. Ari's anger is much more controlled, but there are many moments where it bubbles to the surface, with the specific moment where he attacks a man who attacked Ari bringing back bringing back memories of Bernardo to their mother. It's easy to interpret Bernardo as what Ari could have become without Dante.]]
* ShellShockedVeteran: Ari's father is a [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam War]] veteran who refuses to speak about his experience in the war and is clearly traumatized by it.

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:When Dante gets attacked by 4 men and hospitalized, a rage-blind Ari figures out who they are by threatening Daniel and beats one of them to a pulp. That said, his parents stop this after the very first one.]]
* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler:Although he doesn't appear, Bernardo is one to Ari. Both seem to be good people at heart, or at least Bernardo was at some point, but have deep anger issues that they don't deal with. Bernardo eventually committed two murders due to his complete lack of self-control, one of which was a tranvestite prostitute in a hate crime in a hate crime. Ari's anger is much more controlled, but there are many moments where it bubbles to the surface, with the specific moment where he attacks a man who attacked Ari Dante bringing back bringing back memories of Bernardo to their mother. It's easy to interpret Bernardo as what Ari could have become without Dante.]]
* ShellShockedVeteran: Ari's father is a [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam War]] veteran who refuses to speak about his experience in the war and is clearly traumatized by it. He finally opens up to his son towards the end of the novel.


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* TheUnperson: One of the main conflicts of the story is how Ari's brother has been completely erased from the family's memories after he was arrested, with his parents and sisters refusing to talk about him. [[spoiler:He learns that it is not the shame, but rather the hurt that caused it, with his mom having a breakdown when Bernardo was arrested and couldn't bear to see him. Once that comes to the surface, they manage to talk about him, and slowly re-incorporate his memory into their lives.]]


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* VisualDevelopment: Ari changes a lot during the middle of the novel. While Dante is in Chicago for almost a year, Ari takes on weight lifting and jogging, becoming toned over the course of the year.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Gina and Ari are constantly exchanging barbs and comments to each other. That said, they do grow into genuine friends, despite Ari's difficulty in admitting it, and she even helps him a couple times.


* AmbiguouslyBi: Considering that [[spoiler: Dante has said he only enjoys kissing girls when picturing them as boys, that he wants to marry a man, and that he'll never fall in love with a girl, he's probably completely gay. Ari, on the other hand, had a crush on Iliana. It doesnít last that long though, and Ariís orientations arenít focused on that much. Ari doesn't express much sexual desire towards anyone, thinking and dreaming about kissing rather than anything sexual. With the exception of one or two comments, Ari could be interpreted as asexual and romantically attached to men, and possibly others.]]
* {{Angst}}: Ari's inner monologue is full of it.

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* AmbiguouslyBi: Considering that [[spoiler: Dante has said he only enjoys kissing girls when picturing them as boys, that he wants to marry a man, and that he'll never fall in love with a girl, he's probably completely gay. Ari, on the other hand, had a crush on Iliana. It doesnít last that long though, and Ariís orientations arenít focused on that much. Ari doesn't express much sexual desire towards anyone, thinking and dreaming about kissing rather than anything sexual.sexual, in fact, he doesn't even masturbate. With the exception of one or two comments, Ari could be interpreted as asexual and romantically attached to men, and possibly others.]]
* {{Angst}}: Ari's inner monologue is full of it. He is clearly dealing negatively with his strained relationship with his parents and the fact nobody talks about his brother.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Dante returns from Chicago, he proposes new rules for himself and Ari, one of which being that Ari has to defend him if anyone else starts targetting Dante with homophobic comments. [[spoiler:When Dante actually is a victim of a hate crime, Ari decides to beat one of the men who attacked him in retaliation.]]



* LockedOutOfTheLoop: One of the issues about his brother's entire existence being ignored to Ari is that he never got to learn even what exactly happened. During the period where Bernardo was in trial and [[spoiler:Ari's mother subsequent breakdown]] he was left to the care of his aunt Ophelia, and never got to learn anything about it.



* ItMeantSomethingToMe: Dante about their TestKiss.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The reason for Bernardo's imprisonment is revealed to be because [[spoiler: he murdered a prostitute this way.]]

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* ItMeantSomethingToMe: Dante [[spoiler:Dante about their TestKiss.
TestKiss.]]
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The reason for Bernardo's imprisonment is revealed to be because [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he murdered a prostitute this way.]]



* ParentsAsPeople: Ari loves and hates his parents. While he acknowledges they're providing and loving, they're also distant in certain ways, his father in particular has a hard time communicating with him, due to PTSD from Vietnam, despite Ari wanting to learn more about him. His mother is also thhe main emotional support Ari has in his life, but he hates that she acts like his brother doesn't exists. [[spoiler:He eventually gets to mutually open up with them after learning how damaging Bernardo's sentencing hit the family.]]



* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler:Although he doesn't appear, Bernardo is one to Ari. Both seem to be good people at heart, or at least Bernardo was at some point, but have deep anger issues that they don't deal with. Bernardo eventually committed two murders due to his complete lack of self-control, one of which was a tranvestite prostitute in a hate crime in a hate crime. Ari's anger is much more controlled, but there are many moments where it bubbles to the surface, with the specific moment where he attacks a man who attacked Ari bringing back bringing back memories of Bernardo to their mother. It's easy to interpret Bernardo as what Ari could have become without Dante.]]



* StraightGay: Ari.


The book was nominated for a Printz Award in 2013. A sequel, ''Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World'', was released in October 2021. A film adaptation starring newcomers Max Pelayo and Reese Gonzales as the respective titular characters is in development.

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The book was nominated for a Printz Award in 2013. A sequel, ''Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World'', was released in October 2021. A film adaptation starring newcomers Max Pelayo and Reese Gonzales as the respective titular characters is in development.premiered at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.


The book was nominated for a Printz Award in 2013. A sequel, ''Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World'', will be released in October 2021. A film adaptation is in development.

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The book was nominated for a Printz Award in 2013. A sequel, ''Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World'', will be was released in October 2021. A film adaptation starring newcomers Max Pelayo and Reese Gonzales as the respective titular characters is in development.


* OutnumberedSibling: With his brother out of the picture, Ari is basically the only boy in his family. He hates it when his much older sisters get together and gossip about him like he's not there, then gets in trouble when he tries to call them out on it.


The book was nominated for a Printz Award in 2013. A sequel, ''Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World'', will be released in October 2021.

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The book was nominated for a Printz Award in 2013. A sequel, ''Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World'', will be released in October 2021. A film adaptation is in development.


The book was nominated for a Printz Award in 2013.

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The book was nominated for a Printz Award in 2013. A sequel, ''Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World'', will be released in October 2021.


* AmbiguouslyBi: Considering that [[spoiler: Dante has said he only enjoys kissing girls when picturing them as boys, that he wants to marry a man, and that he'll never fall in love with a girl, he's probably completely gay. Ari, on the other hand, had a crush on Ileana. This crush didn't go beyond casual flirting and mild kissing, however, so it's hard to say how much of it was real. Ari doesn't express much sexual desire towards men, either, thinking and dreaming about kissing rather than anything sexual. With the exception of one or two comments, Ari could even be interpreted as homo/bi-romantic asexual.]]

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* AmbiguouslyBi: Considering that [[spoiler: Dante has said he only enjoys kissing girls when picturing them as boys, that he wants to marry a man, and that he'll never fall in love with a girl, he's probably completely gay. Ari, on the other hand, had a crush on Ileana. This crush didn't go beyond casual flirting Iliana. It doesnít last that long though, and mild kissing, however, so it's hard to say how much of it was real. Ariís orientations arenít focused on that much. Ari doesn't express much sexual desire towards men, either, anyone, thinking and dreaming about kissing rather than anything sexual. With the exception of one or two comments, Ari could even be interpreted as homo/bi-romantic asexual.asexual and romantically attached to men, and possibly others.]]


* IOweYouMyLife: Dante after Ari saves him from [[spoiler getting hit by a car.]]
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* IOweYouMyLife: Dante after Ari saves him from [[spoiler [[spoiler: getting hit by a car.]]
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* IOweYouMyLife: Dante after Ari saves him from getting hit by a car.

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* IOweYouMyLife: Dante after Ari saves him from [[spoiler getting hit by a car.]]
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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The reason for Bernardo's imprisonment is revealed to be because he murdered a prostitute this way.

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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The reason for Bernardo's imprisonment is revealed to be because [[spoiler: he murdered a prostitute this way.]]


* * AmbiguouslyBi: Considering that [[spoiler: Dante has said he only enjoys kissing girls when picturing them as boys, that he wants to marry a man, and that he'll never fall in love with a girl, he's probably completely gay. Ari, on the other hand, had a crush on Ileana. This crush didn't go beyond casual flirting and mild kissing, however, so it's hard to say how much of it was real. Ari doesn't express much sexual desire towards men, either, thinking and dreaming about kissing rather than anything sexual. With the exception of one or two comments, Ari could even be interpreted as homo/bi-romantic asexual.]]

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* * AmbiguouslyBi: Considering that [[spoiler: Dante has said he only enjoys kissing girls when picturing them as boys, that he wants to marry a man, and that he'll never fall in love with a girl, he's probably completely gay. Ari, on the other hand, had a crush on Ileana. This crush didn't go beyond casual flirting and mild kissing, however, so it's hard to say how much of it was real. Ari doesn't express much sexual desire towards men, either, thinking and dreaming about kissing rather than anything sexual. With the exception of one or two comments, Ari could even be interpreted as homo/bi-romantic asexual.]]

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* * AmbiguouslyBi: Considering that [[spoiler: Dante has said he only enjoys kissing girls when picturing them as boys, that he wants to marry a man, and that he'll never fall in love with a girl, he's probably completely gay. Ari, on the other hand, had a crush on Ileana. This crush didn't go beyond casual flirting and mild kissing, however, so it's hard to say how much of it was real. Ari doesn't express much sexual desire towards men, either, thinking and dreaming about kissing rather than anything sexual. With the exception of one or two comments, Ari could even be interpreted as homo/bi-romantic asexual.]]

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