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

Okay, this book kind of knocked me out. It’s a quick read, and the plot is simple enough, but don’t let that fool you or deter you. Ari and Dante packs a mean punch. About halfway through this book, I was just so filled with happiness – it’s a difficult emotion to describe, how I felt. I distinctly remember thinking that the ending was going to absolutely wreck me. I was ready for devastation and emotional distress. When I turned the last page though, everything was quiet and still in my mind.
Reading this book felt like the characters were reaching out and hugging me.
Ari and Dante are both so real, and their feelings are so genuinely… adolescent. I can’t say for sure, but if I had read this book when I was fifteen, my life probably would have panned out differently. That’s how much I was drawn to Aristotle’s narrative – it captures high school life in a skillfully honest way that is incredibly rare and difficult to find. I don’t have much else to say about this one, besides READ IT. Read it, and you’ll see. My own words fail to sum up my reading experience, but Saenz really wrote the hell outta this one. Will be read over and over again.

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