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  1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
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  2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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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.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

This is my first experience with Benjamin Alire Saenz's writing, and after devouring his newest book, "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe", it will definitely not be the last.

Saenz's surprise of a novel tells the tale of two Hispanic teenage boys who meet at a pool and form a friendship that will test them both in unseen ways. Ari is introverted, unsure, and dealing with losing his older brother to unknown reasons.s Dante is more self-assumed, brave, and gregarious. Together, they open each other's eyes to the possibilities that life can bring, both to them and their families that love them dearly.

While the plot summary seems a bit vague, much has been left out on purpose. As suggested by the title, this book holds many surprises that I don't want to spoil. While I saw where the story was going from the beginning, I didn't know how the author was going to get there, and therein lies the joy in reading this book. A poet as well, Saenz... Read more
I picked up Aristotle and Dante randomly last week at a local bookshop. This was my first time reading Benjamin Alire Saenz's work and I am very impressed. Aristotle and Dante is a coming of age story that explores the complicated journey from boyhood to manhood. The writing is simple and poetic while capturing the intimacy between two friends and their struggle to find their place in the world. Ari, one of the main characters, reflects "Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer morning could end in downpour. Could end in lightening and thunder". Saenz's storytelling is similar, amidst a backdrop of growing friendship and self-discovery are unexpected storms that violently distort and destroy what is intimate and beautiful. Despite the destruction and sadness, poetry and art provide hope when all seems lost. This is a story about friendship and living between worlds; between boyhood and manhood, between Mexican identity and American identity,... Read more
Let's talk about how tremendously much I loved this book.

Aristotle ("Ari") is a sensitive yet somewhat angry 15-year-old growing up in Texas in the 1980s. The baby of the family, he feels disconnected from his older sisters, and his older brother went to prison when Ari was very young, and his family never speaks of him. He also feels as if his father, a Vietnam vet suffering from PTSD, is a mystery to him, and he wishes that weren't the case. He spends most of his days alone, distant from others.

"In order to be wildly popular you had to make people believe that you were fun and interesting. I just wasn't that much of a con artist."

One day at the local swimming pool, Ari meets Dante, a boy his age from another high school. Dante offers to teach Ari how to swim, and the two begin an intense friendship. Their conversations touch on poetry, art, their shared Mexican-American heritage (of which Dante is less enamored), and the way they don't quite "get"... Read more
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