#1: “Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer morning could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder” (261). The author uses a simile to compare the pain to a sudden storm; portraying that feelings are unpredictable and can come unexpectedly. Even the good days can turn into bad ones when pain exists.

 

#2: Ever since the accident which occurs towards the climax of the novel, the inseparable duo, Ari, and Dante, has a small fall out. Ari struggles with self-doubt, constantly feeling confused about what he wants. Ari’s mother senses his internal conflicts arise, and said to him that  “‘you’re fighting their own private wars’” (170).

 

#3: Ari and Dante went through a process of discovering something about themselves they never knew was hidden. They looked at the darker and lighter sides of being alive, which helped them become an individual. Together, Ari and Dante discovered the secrets of the universe.