Aristotle and Dante Discovers the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz


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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.


Review by Kajsa

To be honest, it took me some time to pick Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe up, but when I did, it became one of my favorites in a few chapters.

We’ll get to follow a boy named Aristotle, or Ari for short, through a year (though it focuses on the summer and the rest of the year is like two, three chapters haha). He doesn’t really have any friends, until he meets Dante at the swimming pool, who offers to help Ari learn to swim. They are very different people, Dante is very sensitive and cries for small things whereas Ari is the opposite. But despite their differences, they develop a beautiful friendship. No friendship comes without difficulties, and Ari and Dante are no different. Sicknesses and trips to the hospital; they never seem to be left alone.

This book is beautifully written with relatable characters, and literary all you’ll want to do is to hug them and make them feel safe. It’s a coming of age story that’s impossible to put down once you’ve started it. The character development is amazing and they’ll all grow on you quickly. I myself can relate so much to Ari through all of the chapters, and this helped me come to terms with myself. The book was comforting and reminded me that we’ll all go through tough periods in our lives even though they will be different from each other. It’s okay to feel sorry about yourself, and it’s okay to cry even if someone else has it worse. And even though it will be a hard time getting through this, it will become easier later, and everything will be okay.

Long story short, it’s amazing and I love it and you should definitely, DEFINITELY, read it right away!


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