#BookADayUK 17: A future classic

(Yikes, I forgot to post this yesterday! So, you’ll be seeing double today when I post #BookADayUK 18 later—assuming I don’t forget to post that as well.)

I was just reading an article related to this topic the other day. It was in Vanity Fair about Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch (disclosure: I haven’t read it—yet) and about how a lot of snobby critics with their hifalutin’ attitudes are all, “Well, it’s no classic.” Hmm, jealous much, girls?

Aristotle and Dante DIscover the Secrets of the UniverseSince I haven’t read it, I certainly don’t know whether The Goldfinch is classic caliber, but here’s the thing: neither do any of the critics who’ve read it. Leave that to the future, kids. The best we can do is guess and, perhaps, hope.

So, given today’s #BookADayUK prompt from The Borough Press, here’s my pick for what I hope will be a future classic:

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. (from Goodreads)

My friend Lindy recommended Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe to me. “If the book you wrote and the book I’m writing had a love child, it would be this book,” she said. And I think she’s right. There’s nothing supernatural or otherworldly about it (there are no Amazons, for the record), but everything about it is magic. It’s one of the best books I’ve read so far this year.

And while I’ve said before that I don’t judge a book by the cover, this one is simply gorgeous.