Book Traveling Thursdays: A Favorite Couple

Welcome to Read Diverse Books’ version of Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.


Unsurprisingly, this week’s theme is It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Choose your favorite couple. I’m not even going to think about this one more than 1 second. Ari and Dante from Benjamin Alire Saenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe are one of my all time favorite ‘ships. I refer to them as “Dari” and they are the cutest, smartest young men. Their love begins with genuine friendship and evolves into something strong and timeless. This novel made me cry, swoon, and smile a thousand times I will admit. I felt as if it had been written for me and actually wish I had read it as a teen.

Original Cover:

Isn’t it simply gorgeous? The desert scene on the red pickup truck is one of my favorites in YA literature ever! The font style completely wins me over, it’s so elegant and beautiful, just like Ari and Dante! I live in America and this is an American novel, so this cover qualifies as both the original cover and my country’s cover.

Favorite Covers:


The one of the left is from Sweden and it captures a great moment in the novel, when Ari and Dante first meet in a public swimming pool. I like this one a lot, because that’s the age I imagined Ari and Dante to be, although, my image of them was with slightly darker skin… The one on the right is the American cover again; but this time with all the awards and recognition it has received, because it truly is a marvelous book.

Least Favorite Covers:


The first one, from Italy, is just ugly…I’m sorry. Although I like the image of them walking with hands on their shoulders exploring and discovering the world, that art style is atrocious.

The second one is from Poland. Ummm, who are those men supposed to be? I am NOT a fan of this one at all. The novel is supposed to be about two young teenagers, not these grown men!!



Please read this novel soon. Especially if you don’t read YA literature featuring gay characters. Ari and Dante will win you over, I promise.

7 thoughts on “Book Traveling Thursdays: A Favorite Couple

  1. I am so embarrassed. I wrote this post in a bit of a rush at work (lol!) so I didn’t notice the horrible typos for my description of the Italian cover. Please forgive me! I have corrected them now and will try to be better about editing in the future. 🙂

  2. I do love the cover on this book, and I have it on my to-read list. But my to-read list is several hundred books long. It’s good to be reminded of books on the list every once in a while, so I don’t forget about them. Also, do you think my 14-year-old daughter is old enough for it (I’m thinking yes, but thought I’d ask…)?

    1. I totally understand, my TBR list is excessively long as well and even when I promise people I’ll read book, it may not happen for a long while. :/

      Yes, this novel is appropriate for your daughter. The story is mostly about the friendship of these two boys. Their love is innocent and pure. The characters are 14-15 years old, so she’ll be able to relate.

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