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Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (2)

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  • Print: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (February 21, 2012)
  • ASIN: B0055OJC78


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.


Benjamin Alire Sáenz was born in 1954 in his grandmother's house in Old Picacho, a small farming village in the outskirts of Las Cruces, New Mexico in 1954. He is an associate professor in the MFA creative writing program at the University of Texas at El Paso, the only bilingual creative writing program in the country. He is also a visual artist and has been involved as a political and cultural activist throughout his life. Benjamin Sáenz­ is a novelist, poet, essayist and writer of children's books.


REVIEW:
I've wanted to read this so many times and just didn't have a real chance at it.
So glad I did now!
Man, what a powerful story. Also my first LGBTQ story. Won't be my last!
So Dante and Ari, their characters are so real that I find myself crying for them at times, and now after the last page, I am so happy for them. What a struggle, such beautiful friendship, and a genuine love to last a lifetime.
The best part is the writer. How he could make me feel these things for these two, while seeing it unfold like a fly on the wall... I'm forever emotionally effected by Dante and Ari. I want to fight for them too!
I do wish there was more involving the brother in prison. Maybe a letter in the end, I don't know, I just know I wanted more from that. Maybe a book about Ari and his brother is needed/wanted?
Definitely loved this book and think anyone who loves stories of real friendship should read it. I also want to read more from this author!



5/5




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  1. I loved this book too! I listened to it on audio a couple of years ago and it was in the top five for both reading and listening that year! Great review.

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