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

Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz

Pages: 390 Pages

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children’s UK

The Blurb

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is the beloved cult classic about family, friendship and first love, from award-winning author Benjamin Alire Sáenz. This lyrical novel will enrapture readers of John Green, Love, Simon and Call Me by Your Name

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison.

Dante is a know-it-all who has a unique perspective on life.

When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they develop 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 the universe, themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

This incredibly moving and powerful Printz Honor Book follows two teen boys learning to open themselves up to love, despite the world being against them.

The Review

I have had Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe on my bookshelf for a long time. I didn’t want to pick it up. Mainly that is because I am quite contrary. If someone goes on and on about something then I tend to avoid it. However, I have had a three month break from doing reviews and I decided to just grab something that looked like an easy read.

It was good. I love friendship novels and so that was a major box ticked. I love coming of age dramas and I love the 80s. I should have been completely sold on Aristotle and Dante. I was confused about the character growth of Aristotle. He presented one way through the whole novel but then changed towards the end which was a bit confusing

However, it was a lovely story and it was well written. A nice novel to get me back into the swing of reviewing.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz is available now.

For more information regarding Benjamin Alire Saenz (@BenjaminASaenz) please visit www.benjaminsaenz.com.

For more information regarding Simon and Schuster Children’s UK (@SimonKIDS) please visit www.simonandschuster.com/kids.

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