Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

aristotle-and-dante-discover-the-secrets-of-the-universeWhen I pulled out this book from its package and read the synopsis in the back of it, I realized in five heartbeats that this book was going to be a gay romance book. I pretty much had bad experiences reading romance books in the past (I mean, I don’t like Fault in our Stars, like every other normal person on this earth) and at that point, I do support LGBT relationships. Except that I wasn’t quite ready yet to read a novel about it.

But the cover of the novel itself was crammed with a lot of awards. There was the Stonewall book award, the Pure Belpre award, the Lambda Literary Award and the Micheal Printz award, meaning that this is a very promising book. So I walked over to the nearest sofa, and curled up, book in hand and begun to read.

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Wuthering Heights by Emily BrontΓ«

wuthering_heights_cover_hayley_potterRomance novels are not really my cup of tea. They end up cheesy, with lines that make me wince. Unlike almost every other teenage out there, Β I’m not fond of the Twilight series or The Fault in Our Stars. My first impression of Wuthering Heights is that it should probably be a mixture of romance and classic. It was going to suck. But since it was a novel that is referred to almost every other books, why not? Turns out this novel wasn’t so bad, especially the romance part. Although I really wished it was toned down a little.

The main plot takes place in a form of a story through the point of view of a side character, Ellen Dean, who had watched the main characters in the story through the sidelines. She is a bystander, having almost no impact towards the plot except simply being a messenger, and a character where that the characters trusted enough to confide to. But with her as a narrator, the story was tipped to look bias, and several details missed or misunderstood. Ellen, fondly called Nelly, was a servant and a housekeeper at Wuthering Heights with a family tree faithful to working in the house.

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