Thursday, April 17, 2014

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 Saenz
Source: Borrowed from the library
Series: Standalone
Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Summary:
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.

This book is worth all the hype and if you have not read this yet you need to because it is so good also this cover is super gorgeous. The only other thing I can say about this book is you need to pick this up immediately, that's all. I'm lying I have lots more to say.

Aristotle does not know how to swim and one day he meets a boy named Dante who teaches him how to swim. They are complete opposites, Aristotle is a angry teen, he has a brother who is in jail that none talks about while Dante is a only child and is a very happy-go lucky teenager. They become best friends which stands the test of time.

I really liked both of the main characters, but Dante was my favorite. I loved his attitude, he was so sweet and sarcastic. Aristotle was a much darker character, Dante brought out a much lighter and happier side to him but he was still a very moody character for most of the novel. I also love both sets of parents. They were very involved in their children's lives without being overly involved. The story also shows some background into the lives of the parents which was different and very interesting. 

The plot follows both main characters as they discover themselves. One of the boys struggles with his sexuality while the other boy seems to know exactly who he is and who he wants to be. This book is so beautiful and I need to own this so I can stare at it and re-read it again and again.

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