Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
“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.” ~ Description from Goodreads
This book is kind of a throwback but it was new to me. I honestly didn’t even know this book existed until recently. In my June Owl Crate I had received a beautiful bookmark made out of wood with the quote “Summer was a book of hope”. Nice quote. Didn’t know where it was from…. The spoiler card for that Owl Crate revealed to me that it was from Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe.
So a few weeks ago I’m in Books-A-Million for a book signing for Terry Brooks, author of the Shannara series, just browsing the bargain book section, and guess what I find…. THIS BOOK! Now, I wasn’t supposed to buy anything that day but I picked up this book for LESS THAN $4. I was shocked to see four awards on the cover. I was now armed with the book and my new favorite bookmark inspired by it.
^^ Crappy pic of my wooden bookmark haha^^
So here are my thoughts on it…. First of all, this story didn’t really have a “plot”. This is a realistic story about friends, family,and love. Loving yourself and loving those around you. Dante and Ari are just two regular teenage boys trying to find their way in the world. Be accepted. Dealing with some trials of being a teenage boy and coming out as gay. There is some “action” parts but mostly it is just Ari narrating the everyday life of him and the people around him. It’s was beautifully written. I loved that the characters were Mexican American. All the characters were relatable. A coming of age story that everyone can connect with in one way or another no matter what your age or orientation is.
The only thing that bugged me is the repeating words and phrases in the dialogue. That REALLY got under my skin for some reason. Enough so that I only gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
If you are interested in picking up a copy for yourself or just want to learn more about the book please visit the Amazon link below!