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

Genre: Fiction/ Young Adult / Coming-of-Age / LGBT

Published On: 21st February 2012

Print length: 359 pages

Rating: 3.8/5

About the Author:Benjamin Alire Sáenz (born 16 August 1954) is an award-winning American poet, novelist, and writer of children’s books. His first novel, Carry Me Like Water was a saga that brought together the Victorian novel and the Latin American tradition of magic realism and received much critical attention.

About the Book: 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.


I got this book last year for my birthday but never got the chance to read it. I distinctly remember thinking, ”Aristotle and Dante? Who wants to read about that?” Yes yes, I totally judged a book by its cover but this month I decided to pick it up and see what the fuss is about as I had a couple of people say its really good.

I didn’t get much from the blurb, but the story was NOT what I had imagined in mind. It was completely different and NORMAL. I know that doesn’t make sense but despite the names, the story is about two teenage boys finding themselves in this world.

This book shows another side of the male gender that you don’t normally get to see and I loved that about this book. It shows they can be emotional, they can be vulnerable and they, too, can make mistakes. That might seem weird to hear, you might be thinking, “What is she getting at?” I guess I’m trying to say, they are humans too.

I don’t have that much to say about this book because it was JUST a book for me. It didn’t make me feel things. I didn’t go through a roller coaster of emotions. I didn’t hate anything about this book, but it really didn’t get to me either. It didn’t shake me to my core like some books do it. It was just a very nice book.

I would totally recommend it to those looking for a light read.

Happy Reading! ~R

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