REVIEW: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 


Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz

Page Count: 359

Genre: contemporary, LGBT

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Source: library

Rating: 5/5

Summary: 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. -goodreads

          My thoughts: 

  • Characters: I loved all of them. Will the ones that actual mattered. Aristotle and Dante were so opposite and yet so a like that it made me smile. Then their is both sets of parents who actual were in the book. Surprising I know. Anyway they were opposite in themselves to, but became friends through there boys. Aristotle is very keep everything inside type of guy, with a some what bad temper. He likes to look at walls and have deep thoughts about who his father is and why his older brother is never talked about. Then Dante he’s a open book who has an answer for everything. He loves books (thanks to his English professor dad), art, and swimming. Out of the boys Dante knew what he was first and excepted it, and Aristotle he grew the most and became a more open guy.
  • Writing: I love how the author described things. Like how he says storms wanted to break the world and how the world refused to break.  Makes you think and ponder over that and I thought that was a pretty cool way to talk about a storm. There was a lot of moments where Aristotle would get all thoughtful and how he thought of little things like a storm. Also the dialogue it made me smile the most especially conversations with Aristotle and Dante. They would argue the point, but in the end Dante always win even if his logic isn’t exactly right. Example Aristotle ask a simple question on why we have birds? Dante comes right back and says so we learn about flying. Also the conversations between boys and their parents were fun. There fifteen to sixteen so all you get is pretty much them being wiseasses, and there parents make there own wise answers back.
  • Pace: At first it was weird that the book was I would cut up some what. Like how after eleven chapters there was a new part and the chapters restarted. This confused me at first, but then I got into the story and I didn’t even pay attention to it. Some chapters where a good number of pages, then there was the paragraph or two chapters. Again I didn’t really mind because the story had me, and because of that I finished this book in two days.

Something else I loved about this book is the struggles the boys went through. They had to deal with high school parties, getting jobs, drinking, smoking, and experiencing with girls and boys. Not exactly in that order. And that’s only high school things. Aristotle tries to get to know his dad, and learn why his older brother is not talked about. There is nothing I didn’t like about this book now that I actual think about it. But boy do I wish I owned this book.

So let me know if you read this book and if agree or disagree with my rambles. Also I want to read more LGBT books I loved how Saenz handles the whole  thing and want to read more books likes this. So if you can help me out with that then leave a comment below. Thanks and until next time keep reading 🙂

6 thoughts on “REVIEW: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 

  1. “Like how he says storms wanted to break the world and how the world refused to break.” <– You make this book sound so wonderful! I love, love, love this kind of description – it's so beautiful. And choppy pacing like you described above is the best when done well. I'd heard good things about this book before, but I think you finally convinced me to give it a shot.

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