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

by Cindy H | Jun 30, 2017
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a beautiful story about the love and friendship of two boys living in El Paso, TX. It opens during the summer of 1987. Aristotle, or Ari, is a sweet but troubled teenager. His brother is in prison and he struggles with the fact that his parents don't like to talk about it. He mostly keeps to himself and ponders life and his apparent differences from most of the boys his age, until he meets Dante one day at the swimming pool. They bond over their rather unique names, “We laughed again. We couldn’t stop. I wondered what it was we were laughing about. Was it just our names? Were we laughing because we were relieved? Were we happy? Laughter was another one of life’s mysteries.” Dante is in many ways Ari's opposite; he is outspoken and comes from a very loving and affectionate family; Dante marvels at the fact that they kiss each other on the cheek. They form a deep bond over the summer, and it is lovely to see their relationship progress. Ari learns that he is not happier being a loner, and that Dante has a way of making him see the world in a different way. When a series of events occur that test their friendship, however, Ari has to decide what he wants in life and discover who he truly is.

This is an excellent book that I had a hard time putting down. This book has won many awards; it is an excellent choice for anyone wanting a story about true love and friendship. Today is the last day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month and reading this book would be a great way to celebrate! Although homosexuality is not the primary focus of the book, it is an important aspect that helps make the story that much more beautiful. This book is available in print, audiobook, and as an ebook and audiobook on Overdrive. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
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