Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Book - 2012 | 1st ed
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Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781442408920
Branch Call Number: Y SAE
Characteristics: 359 p. ; 22 cm

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The_Zookeeper
Aug 30, 2020

This book is beautiful and wonderful and everything that I ever wanted in a book. I can't believe it took me so long to find it. I listened to the audiobook and Lin-Manuel Miranda was a fantastic reader that really put a lot of soul into the telling of this book and I would listen to him read the phone book but aside from that the story was so amazing and I just wanted it to go on and on.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 11, 2020

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sanez This book is most definitely one of my favourite reads. Saenz’s writing has so many complex themes while also being extremely simple and beautiful. Dante and Ari were very intercut characters it is evident that the barriers that the two had put up before meeting each other came down as they became more comfortable with each other Ari and Dante are two opposing forces, Dante being outspoken and loud while Ari is quiet and keeps his words and feelings to himself. Because of their personality differences Dante makes Ari see the world from a new perspective. Making the boys perfect for each other The fact that this book had no traditional plot was incredible. It has no main event that the story is formed around. Its formed around the importance of friendship, family, loving, being loved, trust, truth and so much more. If it was centered around one singular thing the story would get lost somewhere not making it hit as hard as it does. This is a wonderful and exceptionally beautiful read full of poetry and the important questions in life, it’s a journey with a beginning and an end that you can’t help but fall in love with. 5/5 stars
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nbartos
Oct 26, 2019

I have mixed feelings about this book as well as mixed feelings about the characters. I think the writing was very beautiful, and I think Lin Manuel Miranda did a great job narrating the audiobook (although, I couldn't stop imagining Ari as Lin). Although I did enjoy Ari's character, and by the end of the book, I liked him a lot more than I did at the beginning, I enjoyed Dante's character even more. (view spoiler) I have mixed feelings about this book as well as mixed feelings about the characters. I think the writing was very beautiful, and I think Lin Manuel Miranda did a great job narrating the audiobook (although, I couldn't stop imagining Ari as Lin). Although I did enjoy Ari's character, and by the end of the book, I liked him a lot more than I did at the beginning, I enjoyed Dante's character even more. (view spoiler) I loved the examination of the boys' relationships with their parents, and I think Dante's relationship with his was especially great because it wasn't this strained, angsty relationship that I'm used to seeing in YA novels. I think the growth between Ari and his father was also beautiful and well done. I don't have as much of a problem with the lack of major plot as some other reviewers, but I think it's important to note that it's not action-packed or anything; it's almost more of a character study, which I kind of love. I know this book is about discovery, so it's more about the journey, but I do wish the ending was a little more...grandiose maybe? I just wish it was more of a revelation, even with all of the foreshadowing leading up to it.
Overall, I enjoyed it, and I enjoyed the realness and flaws of the characters. I think I'll be picking up the sequel (if it is ever released).

DBRL_BriannaD Sep 14, 2019

Some books are incredibly and inexplicably beautiful. This is one of them. I can't put my finger on what makes this book so special, but I encourage everyone to give it a try for themselves.

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violet_rabbit_1786
Aug 06, 2019

"Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" is comically relatable, funny and shares important morals everyone needs to know. The book explores the friendship (or is it something more?) between two incoming freshmen in Texas: Aristotle and Dante. As their relationship develops, they get to know each other, and, in the process, know themselves. A fabulous read for tweens and up, wanting to understand more about different worlds. I quite enjoyed the book. I believe that Saenz has crafted a universe for the characters inside of this masterpiece of literature. It is exactly the kind of reading we should push our younger generation to read.

i force everyone i possibly can to read this amazing book. ive read it 7+ times

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seales
Jun 25, 2019

This was an easy read but a great story. I wasn't sure what to expect going into it but two of my friends highly recommended it. The characters were relatable and really grew throughout the story. It felt like I was getting a glimpse of a real family with real family problems. Dante and Aristotle are great characters and have a beautiful friendship. Saenz's writing really transported me to El Paso and to summer.

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Rachelc24
Jun 18, 2019

I enjoyed this book. It was a very well written.

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theythem
Jun 04, 2019

It felt wonderful to walk into an LGBT book without a lot of the typical trope drama. These boys talked to their parents, each other, and themselves in a way I've never seen in teen literature before. The story felt a little disjointed to me, I just couldn't feel as connected to it as I do to many books. But it was definitely a nice change of pace. Anyone looking for a bit of a soft novel to curl up with, and needing something different from many of the sad LGBT books that I've been reading recently, will appreciate this novel. It was a three- or four-hour read for me and could be considered a mild time commitment.

Hillsboro_ElenaG May 06, 2019

A lovely and timeless coming of age story about friendship, the hard introspective work of figuring out what sort of human you are and what sort you want to be, seeing your parents as flawed and beautiful human beings, growing up and growing together.

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Laura_X Aug 03, 2018

The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.

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bangbangtangdyn
Nov 18, 2017

"Do you remember the summer of the rain...You must let everything fall that wants to fall. —Karen Fiser”

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paytonm20
Jul 08, 2015

All I did was smile at him. He'd told me something about himself. I was happy
Ari (pg.66)

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jump4ever
Aug 18, 2013

"Smiles are like that. They come and go."

Violet_Lion_31 Jul 03, 2013

"Scars. A sign that you had been hurt. A sign thst you had been healed."

Violet_Lion_31 Jul 03, 2013

"And me, I always felt that I didn't belong anywhere. I didn't even belong in my own body - especially in my own body. I was changing into someone I didn't know. The change hurt but I didn't know why it hurt. And nothing about my own emotions made any sense."

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

To be careful with people and with words was a rare and beautiful thing.

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

I had a rule that it was better to be bored by yourself than to be bored with someone else. I pretty much lived by that rule. Maybe that's why I didn't have any friends.

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

I didn't understand how you could live in a mean world and not have any of that meanness rub off on you. How could a guy live without meanness?

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

See, the thing about guys is that I didn't really care to be around them. I mean, guys really made me uncomfortable. I don't know why, not exactly. I just, I don't know, I just didn't belong. I think it embarrassed the hell out of me that I was a guy. And it really depressed me that there was the distinct possibility that I was going to grow up and be like one of those assholes.

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olive_bird_01 Jul 22, 2015

Through their friendship, Dante and Ari find the courage to become who they really are.

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paytonm20
Jul 08, 2015

Ari doesn't know how to swim, but that doesn't stop him from going to the pool everyday. Thank god he does though cause this is where Dante enters, saying he can teach Ari how to swim. Soon there friendship starts turning into something Ari didn't think could happen.

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