Alex’s Review of “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

About Alex’s Review of “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” on The Book Brontosaurus

Happy Pride, Everyone! I picked this book up because it was a free book Rived Lit was offering. I had always wanted to read it and Kayla had read it once so I decided to give it a try.” – Alex

Book Cover of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Book Information:

Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Page Count: 368
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Content Warning: Violence

Book 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.”


Overall Rating & Book Blurb

4 Tree Star Rating
I gave “Aristotle and Dante…” 4 Tree Stars.
While it took sometime for me to fully enjoy the book, I ended up really loving it.

Readabilty: 3
Plot: 4
Characters: 5
Wow Factor: 4

Book Review for “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”

First Impressions (First Chapter Thoughts):

Honestly the first chapter did not hook me in to reading this book. It was pretty boring and I don’t feel like it gave any information as to what was to come. But I’ve heard pretty great things about this book so I continue to read it to see what all the hype was about. 

Thoughts while reading:

I’m gonna be completely honest, I remember when this book first came out and that everyone was so in love with it. I wanted to join the hype and read the book but never did. I had a really hard time getting into the beginning Aristotle and Dante…. It felt like it dragged on for a while and I didn’t feel like I had an emotional connection to Aristotle(Ari) for the first third of the book. Ari spent a lot of time in his head and his thoughts were more poetic in a way that I usually don’t read.

“Words were different when they lived inside of you.”

“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”, Benjamin Alire Sáenz

While it took a bit I can remember the exact scene that changed my mind about this book. Dante’s in trouble and Ari saves him, and after that point in the book I was invested in their relationship. I also ended up kind of loving the way Ari’s perspective on life and the universe. It was sad at points but learning about yourself like he did is just a part of growing up.

“When something gets broken, it can be fixed.”

“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”, Benjamin Alire Sáenz

My favorite part about this book was getting to know Dante. I loved every scene he was in and he made me smile all the time. He was very true to himself and it was super refreshing to read about. The way that Ari and Dante interacted as they slowly fell for each other just made my heart happy. 

Final thoughts:

This book pleasantly surprised me by the end. At first, I didn’t believe I would recommend it to anyone but by the end it pulled a 180 and I would certainly tell people to read this book. Even though the book takes place over the course of one year I felt like both Ari and Dante grew a lot in that year and it was a joy to watch them grow and learn from each other.

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