My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Lgbt, Realistic
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 21st 2012
Synopsis: A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
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: Wow. This book is just amazing. After reading the last sentence I stared at the page for a couple of minutes,silently wishing that some more pages would magically appear. Unfortunately, my wish wan’t granted. So I got out of my chair and started telling people about the book. I wanted to climb on the highest tower and yell about it. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe was just that good.
Aristotle and Dante are flawed but also brilliantly endearing characters. Ari has gotten very good at hiding his feelings. So good that he doesn’t even know them. He is in that stage of growing up where everything starts to change. He doesn’t know who he is, he is still searching for his own true self. Dante is the exact opposite of Ari. A lover of literature and art. Dante is a very intelligent boy. He is also outgoing, confident, and knows who he is. Some of these qualities make him a highly vulnerable person.
As the two spend more and more time with each other, they start creating a special bond. They laugh together, have fun together, read the same books, and much more: they help change each other’s lives.
This book is a love story. The love in this book is a sweet and genuine one. And it isn’t a very easy one either. Ari is afraid of his feelings for Dante. And even with kind, supportive parents these two boys are afraid of coming out. There are external obstacles as well. Many people think of homosexuality as a major flaw and they are not very quiet about their opinions.
Sáenz’s prose is often chopped up into short, quick sentences. The short sentences have a poetic, lyrical feel to them. Sáenz also has the ability to create sincerely beautiful passages that will take you by surprised. These passages are so very beauitful and honest that I couldn’t stop rereading them. The author’s word were able to grip me and pull me into the story.
The ending of this story is a very romantic and happy one. Instead of choosing to make the reader feel sad and depressed, Sáenz chose to give the reader a happy feeling inside them. So do I recommend this book? Why yes I do! Why don’t you buy or borrow this book right now? You won’t regret it.