Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe

First, let's take a moment of great appreciation for the longest and most beautiful title of a book ever. And because I love this book so much, let me share to, throughout this review, some of my favorite parts in this book.
First paragraph in the book and we're welcomed with a very intriguing character- Aristotle.
This book is more like "Me discovering the secret of Aristotle and Dante's Universe". And I regret nothing. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. Simple as that. The words inked on the paper felt like the truest of words. It's poeticgenuine and truly comes from the soul of the characters. I love this book to pieces and I couldn't even pour out the right emotions I felt when I read it.
"Sparrows Falling from the Sky: When I was a boy, I used to wake up thinking that the world was ending."- Aristotle
Aristotle always has been a loner ever since his brother, Bernardo, was convicted and imprisoned. His world is like a blank canvas waiting to be painted. But how can he put color to his life when, he, himself doesn't allow people in? The only people he has is his family, which isn't much of a family because of the gap between him and his father. That's where Aristotle's ever-loving mother comes in. Aristotle might lack the love from a father, but his mother gives twice as much love to him. Their mother-son relationship wasn't near to perfect because as he build a barrier to enclose himself from other people he forgot to actually look that he has his mother who will listen to him, no matter what he says.

Now let's talk about the person who brought life to Aristotle's world- DanteOh, sweet little Dante. He's like a scholar in the making who envisions his future self as a philosopher. For a very young age, Dante's a sophist- a lover of knowledge and people. His character was so charismatic, it's like he's born to be with people, interact with people, and in response people appreciates him. In fact, they love him unconditionally. 

Their first meeting was casual but their friendship turned out more than that. This book is actually about two boys who took time to discover their real self and finally came out from their shell. Ari and Dante's opposing personalities work so well together. Dante's spirited temperament compliments Ari's bleak and sad life. Both characters have quirks that make the reader love them even more. Dante's hatred for shoes is forever embedded in my head. And of course, Ari's downright thoughts about life are forever stored in my heart.

A plus to this book is how the author portrayed the parents of the boys. Both parents of Ari and Dante are together and are loving each other in their own little way. They are also a loving mother and father to their son and a very considerate parents despite the gap.
Ari's letters to Dante.
Overall, this book speaks the truest of words from two misfits who dared to be different from the crowd. It's a coming-of-age novel that goes beyond the boundary of the usual contemporary books. Sweet, lyrical, and stunning; Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe is a book you should not miss. This is a book you should read at least once in your life.


Oh, I love how clever Dante worked on his letter without directly telling Aristotle. See what he did with his letter above? Mostly, his complimentary closing goes with "Your Friend, Dante". But above, it's "ALWAYS". And notice the words before that? Put that together and it's "AND I THINK OF YOU. ALWAYS." I'm I the only one thinking this? I'm not sure if it was intentional but if that is coincidental then I love how it looks together. IT'S PERFECT.


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Book Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, GLBT, Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Publication Date:  February 21, 2012
Source: bought
Rating: 5/5 stars!
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This Printz Honor Book is a “tender, honest exploration of identity” (Publishers Weekly) that distills lyrical truths about family and friendship.

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.

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1 comment:

  1. I've heard great things about this book, but I particularly loved the way you talked about it - you sound so passionate about the story and make it sound AMAZING. I've been meaning to add Aristotle and Dante to my TBR for a while now, but you just inspired me to finally do it. And I agree that the title and the first line are both gorgeous! Fingers crossed I'll love this one as much as everyone else.