Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Book Review

I had been planning to do a book review since forever but I was still going and forth on whether I should or should but here it is.



Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe


No. Of pages: 359
Author: @border_poet, Benjamin Alire Saenz
Genre: Young Adult Fiction and Bildungsroman






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


Set in El Paso, Texas 1987, the novel follows two Mexican teenagers, Aristotle (Ari) and Dante. The books follow the friendship of the two boys, struggles of racial and ethical issue identity, sexuality and family relationships.


What I think about the book?
It goes without saying that I love this book. The book felt so real and there was much truth to. The development of characters throughout the was book was quite remarkable. I found myself relation to the main character Ari, even though I seem like Dante. The book made me laugh, cry, and more than anything curious. I wanted to read the book and when I did I didn’t want to put it down. The book has simple and lucid language. It’s to even put into words how much this book means to me. Every character. Every chapter. Ever sentence. And every word.


The book focuses more on characters than it does on the plot which is why I love it so much. It is a contemporary fiction book. The book takes us through 2 years of the life of Dante and Ari. Oh, how I fell in love with their characters. Ari is a shy, reserved boy who doesn’t know how to swim, and has a hard time with words. Dante on the other hand is more of an outgoing guy, who gets lost in poetry and art. Both the boys find comfort and warmth in each others company.


The book grips you and doesn’t let go. When I read the last line all I wanted to do was read more. The most heartbreaking part was the ending, not because it was sad but because it had ended. I could find myself loving this book so much because the words of Ari put me to question…well the secrets of the universe. As someone who doesn’t speak too much and doesn’t like to share a lot of my feelings, the book ended up mirroring my emotions and my feelings. I could envision myself in the shoes of both the characters. I could re-read this book and still not get tired.


Would I recommend this book?
Heck, yeah I would!!!

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