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Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

12000020Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Published Date: Feb. 21, 2012

Genre: Realistic Fiction/YA Lit

How I got my copy: I bought it

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Goodreads Blurb:

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.

My thoughts:

This was my second time reading this book, and I have to say, I loved it even more this time around than when I first read it (I even bumped it up from 4 stars to 5 stars!). It is one of those that I could re-read over and over again; one where new things pop out at you every time you read it.

There is no real plot line to the book. Aristotle is the narrator of the story, and we see what he is thinking and feeling as the story progresses. It starts at the beginning of summer when he first meets Dante. Both are loners, and don’t have any friends. It was great to see them connect and forge a friendship that goes through many trials and still comes out strong. Aristotle broke my heart throughout this book. He is the type of boy that growing up, becoming a man, is painful. He has so many questions, and is confused.

Dante is more of an outgoing character, though that is more a front. He makes friends, yet the only one he is really close to is Aristotle. I loved how patient he was with Aristotle as they figured out their relationship.

At points I practically cried as these boys figure out how to grow into men, and discover their sexuality. It’s lyrical telling was beautiful, and I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed it! This is growing up book that you won’t want to miss.



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    • Probably Two Boys Kissing by David Leviathan or Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Leviathan and John Green. I haven’t read those two, but I have heard they are good. Also, Everyday by David Levithan. I read that one, and I thought it was a really interesting read, though it was not a great favorite. Everyday especially is in the same vein as Aristotle and Dante.


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