Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | February 21, 2012 | Hardcover

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is rated 5 out of 5 by 4.
A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.2 in

Published: February 21, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442408928

ISBN - 13: 9781442408920

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fanfiction For someone who loves reading and writing fan fiction I gotta say I didn't need to do either for this book. Usually after I finish a book, even something as legendary as Harry Potter, I feel that the story could be better in someone ways or that there are lose ends yet to be tied. But this book was complete with a bow on top. The cover art is amazing and the writing style makes it hard for you to put the book down until you have finished it. It has now become the one book I keep at my bedside to look back to for life lessons. I did not regret buying it and neither will you. 
Date published: 2014-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring, beautiful and heartbreaking. Yesterday I posted about Golden Boy, one of the best books I’ve read this year. This is another one of my favourites. I swear – it was totally a coincidence that the posts ended up back to back. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is the story of two unique, but totally relatable boys. Ari. A quiet, average Mexican-American boy. His older brother is in jail and he feels the weight of the pressure from his parents to be a “good boy.” He’s reserved and isn’t a big sharer. Except when it comes to his best friend, Dante. Dante on the other hand is full of life and full of questions. Always asking why and trying to learn everything he can. Fiercely loyal and guided by his emotions. You wouldn’t think they would be friends. But they compliment each other so well! This is a fantastic book about the power of friendship. Both boys challenge each other. Because they have different personalities and home lives they force each other to look at the world in different ways and take risks they otherwise wouldn’t. And I really appreciated that it wasn’t always easy to be friends with one another. Every friendship is going to have its ups and downs no matter how close you are. Ari and Dante have to work at maintaining their friendship but in the end I think it’s worth it. They end up better people – and better friends – on the other side. It’s not just the friendship that makes this story special, but the role of family as well. Both Ari and Dante have strong relationships with both of their parents – though very distinctive relationships. I really liked that you could feel the love in both households. So many YA books have absent parents or neglectful parents so it was nice to see more positive familial relationships. And it was nice to see different representations of how families might interact with one another (Dante’s more affection family vs Ari’s more quiet household). Esentially this book is about two boys in that time of life between being children and men. They’re having a bit of identity crisis, gaining more responsibility as the book goes on, but not always able to cope effectively with these changes. A lot of this books raises questions of identity. Their age. Their sexual orientation. Their ethnicity. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a story of coming to terms with yourself and embracing love in all its forms. It’s an absolutely beautiful book with simple but touching prose. If you’re like me and you like to mark/sticky note your favourite passages make sure you have lots of Post-Its ready when you start reading. Some noteable examples: “Words were different when they lived inside of you.” “Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.” “And it seemed to me that Dante’s face was a map of the world. A world without any darkness.” Recommendation: I highly recommend this book to all readers. Young and old alike. Beautiful prose, fantastic characters, universal themes. What’s not to love?
Date published: 2013-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Discover the Universe with these Kids, You Won't Be Sorry I'm not exactly sure why, or when it happened, but about halfway through reading this book I decided I never wanted it to end. I didn't notice the moment when the characters became not only real to me but beloved --I can't really remember loving every single character in a book quite this much-- or when the writing became a way I wanted to see my own world, but both happened. Subtle, poetic, touching, beautiful, this is a fantastic book that continues to live inside me like a friend weeks after I've read it. I didn't even want to write a review because I wasn't sure how to do justice to Ari and Dante; finally, I just decided to say exactly what I felt. Worth reading and rereading.
Date published: 2013-07-13

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.2 in

Published: February 21, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442408928

ISBN - 13: 9781442408920

About the Book

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 they meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the two loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special kind of friendship--the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime.

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One ONE SUMMER NIGHT I FELL ASLEEP, HOPING THE WORLD would be different when I woke. In the morning, when I opened my eyes, the world was the same. I threw off the sheets and lay there as the heat poured in through my open window. My hand reached for the dial on the radio. “Alone” was playing. Crap, “Alone,” a song by a group called Heart. Not my favorite song. Not my favorite group. Not my favorite topic. “You don’t know how long . . .” I was fifteen. I was bored. I was miserable. As far as I was concerned, the sun could have melted the blue right off the sky. Then the sky could be as miserable as I was. The DJ was saying annoying, obvious things like, “It’s summer! It’s hot out there!” And then he put on that retro Lone Ranger tune, something he liked to play every morning because he thought it was a hip way to wake up the world. “Hi-yo, Silver!” Who hired this guy? He was killing me. I think that as we listened to the William Tell Overture, we were supposed to be imagining the Lone Ranger and Tonto riding their horses through the desert. Maybe someone should have told that guy that we all weren’t ten-year-olds anymore. “Hi-yo, Silver!” Crap. The DJ’s voice was on the airwaves again: “Wake up, El Paso! It’s Monday, June fifteenth, 1987! 1987! Can you believe it? And a big ‘Happy Birthday’ goes out to Waylon Jennings, who’s fifty years old today
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From the Publisher

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

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.

About the Author

Benjamin Alire Sáenz is an American Book Award–winning author of poetry and prose for adults and teens. His first novel for teens, Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, was an ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Los Angels Times Book Prize. His second book for teens, He Forgot to Say Goodbye, won the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, the Southwest Books Award, and was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. He teaches creative writing at the University of Texas, El Paso.

Editorial Reviews

"I’m absolutely blown away. This is Saenz''s best work by far...It’s a beautiful story, so beautifully told and so psychologically acute! Both Ari and Dante are simply great characters who will live on in my memory. Everything about the book is absolutely pitch perfect...It’s already my favorite book of the year!"

Appropriate for ages: 12

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