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

Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Published: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 359
Rating: 5/5

Teenager Aristotle doesn't have any friends... until one day, when he meets Dante. Although they have little in common, a beautiful friendship emerges and grows, and through it they both discover very important things about themselves.

This book was fantastic. It's a story about discovery, identity and friendship, and I think everyone can relate to being young and not knowing who you are.

The characters were easy to relate to and I loved learning about them all. I felt they portrayed growth and discovery, and coming to terms with who you are.

One thing I love is that this book is sort of dramatic in the way that the characters feel so strongly, because that's what it's like being young sometimes; you feel everything so deeply. I thought it was very beautiful.

I think this is a very important book, and everyone should read it. Especially if you're young.

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  1. So you would definitely recommend this one? I picked it up last summer, read about 30 pages, and then never picked it back up for some reason. I've heard amazing things about this one, so I should probably re-check it out from the library(:

    1. I definitely would! The amazing things you've heard are probably all true. I'd give it another go when you're in the mood for something like this! :D

  2. Aristotle and Dante was so fascinating towards me. I read the book in two sittings and that's only because I'd started it at night. :) I didn't want to put it down. I loved how thought provoking it was and the themes it had like friendship, race and self-discovery, that last one's always a good theme.


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