Book Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary

Page Count: 359 pages

Publication Date: February 2012


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.


My thoughts:

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book (which was actually an audiobook) when I downloaded it from my local library’s website. I had never read/listened to a LGBT book before and I’m glad it wasn’t as “in your face” or as preachy as I’d heard some other books can be.

Aristotle and Dante are two boys who form a fierce friendship and show what loyalty really means. They question life and the world around them with such child-like curiosity that you can’t help but love them. I guess that’s how we grow up, isn’t it? By questioning things.

I’m not sure the book has a major plot but you keep on reading because of the characters. You care about them. Or at least I did. I loved the fact that both families are included in the story. It’s not just about the boys. I was super glad when I realised the parents weren’t clueless, absent or dead like in most YA and children stories.

Not a fast-paced read, but if you’re in the mood for something beautifully written then this is the book for you.



You can find out more about Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz on Amazon and Goodreads.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

  1. mypaperinfinity says:

    I loved Ari & Dante. I agree; it’s so nice to see a good set of parents in the YA book world. And there definitely wasn’t a lot of plot to the story, but I enjoyed the characters and the writing so I didn’t really mind 🙂

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