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

Reviewed by Kelsey (Library Staff)

An amazing book about two boys, Ari and Dante, who form a remarkable friendship over the span of a summer. These boys are different in almost every way; Ari is a loner who has a difficult time understanding himself and his family, and who doesn’t mind getting into fights to work out his aggression. Dante is a young intellectual who is highly self-aware and has a wonderfully strong connection with his parents. While both are of Mexican descent, that is not the main focus of the story, nor is the fact that Dante is gay. These facts simply help to highlight the amazing relationship these boys share.

The dialogue between Ari and Dante was refreshing and wonderful to read. Whether or not the reader is part of the LGBT community or not, anyone can relate to these characters, to the struggles of feeling out of place, having emotions and thoughts that you have to wrestle with and sometimes push away. While this is a YA novel I wouldn’t limit it to just teen readers, I believe most people would find the book to be an interesting read.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC SAENZ)

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