Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Sáenz)

>>>>  Nº 42 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book you own but you’ve never read <<<<



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. 

I actually read this book almost two months ago, but wasn’t quite sure where to insert it in the 2015 Reading Challenge, until, screw it, it will go on such a generic category that it will be no problem. This was technically a book that I owned but had never read… never mind the fact that I had own the book for about 15 days when I picked it up… 😀

I adored this book… It’s a coming of age book, so it’s the journey of both main characters to find their places in their own world, family and community. While Dante is quite fast to realize who he is, who he loves, what he wants, …, Ari takes a lot more time and a lot of wrong moves to get there. But he does… eventually.

It’s also worth noting that this book is set in 1987, which made me love this boy’s families all the lot more. And the boys themselves, obviously. And I felt that it shot down so many stereotypes…

I don’t even know what to say anymore, there’s not an obvious plot here, it’s a book about self-discovery. And it’s beautiful. And you should read it. For real.

Also, Dante is just too precious for this world. And I wanted to punch Ari a couple of times…

Rating: 4.3 Stars


11 thoughts on “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Sáenz)

  1. starkaddict says:

    When I saw the title I thought it was some weird Alt Dimension thing in which the Aristotle and Dante came together to the secrets of the universe. This sounds even better. Is there some relation to the old philosophers other than the name..?

    BTW read Rosie Project on your prompt. You were right. That book is a fun way to spend a eve. So thanks for the rec.

    • MyTinyObsessions says:

      Not really any relation other than the names… they do want to discover the secrets of the universe, especially within their own families and themselves (is quite beautiful).

      I’m so glad you enjoyed The Rosie Project, it is such a fun read 🙂

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