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    Great book

    I was never a super-dedicated student, but I had friends who were. (I’m looking at you Kim and Val). Ariel is super dedicated. He has his life scheduled to the moment: quizzes, extra projects, orchestra, volunteer work, planning to become Valedictorian and contemplating his answers for his interview with Harvard. Ariel is out (he’s bisexual) to his loving Jewish family…but he hasn’t got time for dating or having a relationship! There’s no place left for having fun. Then the unthinkable happens and Ariel fails a Calculus quiz. After a panic fueled visit to the guidance counselor, he asks family friend and classmate, Amir to tutor him. He’s known Amir most of his life but they’ve never hung out; it’s just one of those things. It only takes a couple of study sessions for Ariel to realize there’s a spark between them. The problem is that Ariel’s life is already full and things are starting to fray at the edges. He gets a C on an English paper, lets down his best friend then forgets to go to his new boyfriend’s art show. When his little sister Rachel ends up in the emergency room because of stress, things truly begin to unravel. The short of it is that there isn’t enough of Ariel to go around. While he does his best to hide it, he’s ashamed, frantic and spiraling out of control. This story is a reminder that there are much more important things in our lives than schools and grades. We all have to fight our way through things to measure what’s of value to us. Is it family? Friends? Music? Playing soccer with your little sister? This is a book about finding your way back to the things that are truly important, the things that make us who we are.

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