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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (edition 2012)

by Benjamin Alire Saenz

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Title:Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Authors:Benjamin Alire Saenz
Tags:texas, homosexuality, lgbtq, mexicans, mexican americans, violence, relationships, identity, family, meditative, thoughtful, 1980s, love, realistic, gr9, gr10, gr11, gr12

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While reading the book...
Me: oh my gosh.. oh my

After reading the book...
Me: Mom! Mom!
Mom: What??
Me: Can you call an ambulance?
Cause I'm having an heart attack
now. Please....
Mom: Seriously??

Okay. I fell in love everything
about the book. The characters,
Aristotle and Dante were very
adorable. I do really love them.

Just go to your nearest bookstore,
buy the book, read it and fall in
love with it. ( )
  Perco | Oct 11, 2014 |
Ari's always been something of a loner, but that changes during his fifteenth summer. That's when he meets Dante -- also something of a loner, though in most ways very different from Ari. The two boys quickly become fast friends, but can their friendship survive the turmoil that their teenage years will hold?

It's interesting: I've read a few reviews here and there from people who really disliked the writing style in this book. Now, granted, I listened to the audiobook, so I don't know if reading it on the page would have been different for me, but in listening to the story I found that Sáenz has an absolutely brilliant ear for dialogue. I was blown away by the writing here -- very simple, but just true in a deep, solid way. I loved the characters, Dante's parents in particular, and just when I thought this was going to be a quiet sort of coming-of-age story, a plot twist came along and punched me in the gut. All in all, this was one of the best books I've read (well, listened to) this year. It's not quite perfect -- I have a minor quibble with the ending, and there are a couple of minor characters that I'd have liked to know a little better -- but it's a really good book, and I definitely recommend it. And if you are an audiobook listener, this may be one of those rare titles that is better as an audio than in print. ( )
  foggidawn | Oct 2, 2014 |
When 15-year-old Aristotle (Ari) Mendoza first meets Dante Quintana in the summer of 1987, Ari is bored, miserable, and feeling sorry for himself. Certainly, he has a few good reasons: a distant father who can’t let Vietnam go, an imprisoned brother everyone acts like doesn’t exist, and a constant feeling of shame for reasons he can’t explain. However, his relationship with the charming and effusive Dante shakes up the introverted, emotionally-stunted Ari and forces him to reexamine all the things he (thinks) he knows about himself.

This is a rare young adult book that tackles many issues that the genre lacks: Ari and Dante’s identities as Mexican-Americans, Dante’s homosexuality, and Ari’s dysfunctional (yet loving) family. Sáenz, however, deftly balances all of these elements to craft a story about finding yourself in a world that isn’t always so kind. Despite all of these threads, the beautiful relationship between Dante and Ari is the heart of the book, and whether they’re overcoming a brutal beating or simply having a silly conversation about the existence of birds, readers will be deeply moved by these two boys and their relationship.

“Words were different when they lived inside of you,” Ari explains at the beginning. And maybe that’s what is so important about this story: the words of two teenaged boys discovering who they are--together and apart—will live inside of you long after you finish it. Highly recommended. Grades 7 and up. ( )
  krmajor | Oct 2, 2014 |
Fifteen-year-old Ari hates his name, himself, and his life. He’s always been a loner and keeps his feelings bottled, just like his father. One summer day he meets Dante, a strange boy who makes him laugh and think.

Read the rest of my review on my blog: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/aristotle-and-dante-discover-... ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
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  sarafwilliams | Sep 13, 2014 |
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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.
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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. [Simon&Schuster]
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Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

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