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

 

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“Words were different when they lived inside you.”

The Story

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

★★★★★ 5/5 stars! (really, a billion). 

A billion stars.

I cannot describe this book. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL, and now it’s a new favorite. I seriously had to let this book sink in so I could appreciate how (again) beautifully it was written and the dynamic, but simple characters.

In some instances, I felt like I was Dante. Even as a 21 year old, at the time I’m writing this, I understand whole heartedly how he feels about growing up. I’m still not finished with the process, and sometimes there are moments of loneliness, confusion, and plain frustration. I’m similar to him in the way that I don’t make friends easily too; how one can feel disconnected from everyone even though he or she is in a classroom full of people. There are other parallels
to himself and me, but I don’t want to spoil anything. I apologize for the personal rant, but this is why the book mattered to me so much. It made me feel less alone whether or not Dante’s feelings truly existed in someone, in some time. Saying it was relatable is an understatement.

Alongside with this, the story felt tangible. I’ve read some teenage perspectives that seemed like the author was trying too hard. Yet, this book held the perfect blend of teenage thoughts, language, etc…

I LOVE this book, and I know in the future I will reread it again and again.

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