Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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Grades 7 - 12Grades 1 - 3n/a2.965500

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.

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published on February 21, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1442408928
ISBN-13: 9781442408920
4 Book Reviews
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  • 5blueeggs
    5blueeggsThursday, December 21, 2017 at 6:12 am55 stars
    I thought this was an amazing book! I gave it to my brother to read and he is reading it for the third time this week! This is a book about discovering yourself and it is written very well from the view of a teenager. Even though his brother is in jail, Aristotle finds happiness in Dante in hard times and protects him. Eventually he realizes he is in love with him. It is a story that I can really relate to and it is written like it actually happened.
    • eibba99
      eibba99Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 12:22 pm55 stars
      This is an amazing book and it keeps you guessing until the very end because I didn't know what was going to happen until the last pages.
      • ifeelbookish
        ifeelbookishWednesday, September 24, 2014 at 7:31 pm55 starsFeatured
        Aristotle feels that he will never discover who he is, while Dante knows exactly what his place in the world is. Aristotle is introverted and unsure, and Dante is self-assumed and gregarious. These two 15-year-olds are as different as night and day, but one fateful afternoon at the public pool could test their lives in unseen ways. Together, they open each other to the possibilities that life can bring, while trying to find their way through high school. Okay, so, this is probably the best book that I've ever read (YA-wise, is that a valid word?). I found this at my local independent bookstore a while ago, and I just picked it up and I read the first three chapters at the store. The plot is truly gripping, and it wouldn't let me go.
        • bibliophile
          bibliophileWednesday, December 3, 2014 at 5:31 pm
          I agree with you complete whole way with the book... and it was a pretty good YA book... umm I don't think it's a legit word yet... but you're not the only one who says YA-wise(ME)... By the way nice review!!!