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

Today I was blessed with the view of snow falling outside my window. Even though it was more of a dusting it was still a great site. I like snow as long as I don’t have to shovel my driveway. What’s also nice about a cloud snowy day is cuddling up with a great book to read. One book I have read that would be perfect for this cloudy day was called Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by author Benjamin Alire Saenz. This is a book I had to read from my book club for the month. It’s also a book out of my element since it’s a drama and not science fiction. But when I read the book I fell in love with it and couldn’t put it down. And now let me tell you more.

  • Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
  • Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Page Count: 368
  • Buy Book: Amazon

Synopsis:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is about a teenage boy living in El Paso during the eighties. The first half of the book takes place in the summer and the boy doesn’t have friends. One day he goes to the pool and ends up meeting a boy named Dante who offers to teach him how to swim. Little did Aristotle know that this meeting would turn into the strangest friendship he ever had. The story also shows us as the friendship grows and how Aristotle learns about the journey of becoming the man he’ll soon be.

Review:

I really liked these types of stories where people find themselves. The story at the glance seemed like it was centered around the friendship but mostly about Aristotle who starts out as that typically awkward teenager who doesn’t know his identity. Throughout the book, he asks questions and learns more about the secrets of his family and the secrets of becoming an adult. I think that’s beautiful. I also loved the bond between the friendship of Aristotle and Dante and also their relationships with their parents. The two friends in the story are from two different worlds.

Some of the things I didn’t like about the book are there were some parts where it was little slow and where some parts feel like it went longer than it did. I also would’ve liked to see some of the supporting characters develop and lets us learn more about them. I learned about the friendship but everyone else needs more revealing. Lastly, I thought since the book is called Aristotle and Dante, I wished that the book had let us look at both points of views instead of just Aristotle.

I’m totally adding this book to my personal library. I originally borrowed it and would love to read it again. It’s beautiful and there aren’t that many stories that would be like this one. I also found the book relate able to anyone who remembers what growing up was like and how finding oneself is part of that. For those interested the links to the book is below. Well, that’s it for this week’s review so as always keep on reading!

Buy The Book:

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