Contemporary, LGBT, Review, Young Adult

Aristotle + Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe | Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: 01/04/2014
Genre: Young Adult. Contemporary. LGBT.
Series: Aristotle and Dante #1
Format: Paperback. Audiobook.
Pages: 359

Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis (Goodreads)
Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari’s features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.

But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other―and the power of their friendship―can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side.

I just… I don’t even know how words work at the moment.

When I picked up Aristotle and Dante, I loved the way the blurb sounded. I loved that everyone else I asked about this book loved it. I didn’t realise just how quickly I was going to fall in love with these two boys, and this book as a whole. It has taken me less than 24 hours to read this book from cover to cover.

I love, love, loved the way that Sáenz wrote Ari & Dante. I loved seeing them grow throughout the pages. I loved that this book made me feel. I was scared, and sad, and angry while reading this book, as well as happy and simply excited to carry on reading.

Overall, I think this is great as a standalone, but I also cannot wait to see what else Sáenz has in store for both of these boys in the next installation.


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