Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Finished Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

Summary (from Goodreads):

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

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’d heard so many great things about this book and I don’t know why I waited so long to read it.  I have been deliberately trying to read more diverse books this summer, and this works as both diverse ethnicity and diverse sexuality.

I loved Ari, even though he’s incredibly angry about just about everything.  His parents are worried because he doesn’t really have any friends and his older sisters are much older than he is (and his older brother is in jail and never really discussed) so it’s basically Ari on one side and everyone else in the world on the other.

And then he met Dante.

You guys, this book. It’s sweet and smart and at the same time so realistic.  Ari doesn’t automatically become a great guy and they don’t automatically insta-love each other.  The book is  about two people preparing to be together.

I love everything about it.

Highly recommended.

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