Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Published: February 21st, 2012

“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.”


Things with this book were a little tricky. Aristotle and Dante meet when Aristotle is swimming at the pool in their neighborhood. It’s quite obvious from the beginning that Ari is dealing with a lot. Dante is very, very carefree and happy. They are nothing alike at all. However, the chemistry between them is noticeable from the start. Dante knows who he is as a person. Ari struggled through the entire book to figure it out.

I was very surprised with this book because I felt like I almost stopped a few times until about halfway through. The first half definitely dragged along, but once I hit about halfway, it flew by and got very good. I needed to see what was going on and how things were going to be handled. It was awesome to see how things played out because they were exactly how I expected them to. I wish the whole book was as strong as the second half because I would’ve given it a five star rating.


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