aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe – benjamin alire sáenz | review

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Published February 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: young adult, contemporary, lgbt, romance

rating: ★★★★.5


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.


Words were different when they lived inside of you.

what a sweet book filled with self-discovery. aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe had always been on my tbr but i never seemed to reach for it due to the fear of crushed expectations. however, i got so much more than i had anticipated!

i adored both dante and ari’s stories. dante had always been truthful to himself while ari hides behind a veil of normalcy. i spent the whole day doing nothing but reading this beautiful, introspective book. ari and dante’s voices rang loud and clear throughout the book. the two boys discover that they are much more than what they think they are. benjamin alire sáenz’s writing was super easy to read.

the families were so precious. parents are often pushed to the side and ended up being redundant in the main story plot most of the time but not in aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe. although some bonds started out a little fractured and words weren’t communicated properly, i liked that it showed the simultaneous growth of both the parents and the child.

Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer morning could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.

6 thoughts on “aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe – benjamin alire sáenz | review”

  1. Gorgeous review!! I finally got round to reading this recently (I think it had sat on my shelf for nearly a year 😬) and am still trying to figure out my feelings about it. I totally agree that it was great how family weren’t just pushed aside like so many other books. Dante seemed a little too good to be true… although he was a total cinnamon roll. Here was my review of it:

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