Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – 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 Ari and Dante meet they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other – and the power of their friendship – can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side.

Despite sounding a bit light on and predictable in the synopsis, it is a beautifully written coming of age novel about two Mexican boys trying to work it all out.

Narrated by one of the boys, Ari, there is a lot of teenage angst in here (as you would expect) however it is quite lovely to read.

It gets huge wraps in goodreads and I think this is due to it being a beautiful story for a young adult audience.

“I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.”




GENRE: Youth Lit

PAGES: 359

AWARDS: Multiple children’s and youth awards. (The cover is well covered in stickers).


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