[Review] Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe

Finally! Finished reading this book! I freaking loved it!


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.

Published February 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.

RATING: 4 out of 5


There was something beautiful about this book, but I have no idea why. Gosh, now I’m feeling like Ari. Honestly, I have an idea—but I won’t acknowledge it, because I really wanna feel like Ari. I could really relate to his character in some ways. I love his sweetness and all. He was cute in his own ways and he didn’t know it—innocent.

I really wanted to read this book since I found out about it. When I had the opportunity, I was so excited of course. However, there were some parts where I doubted this novel. I was thinking: where is this going? What’s the point? Then, I continue on reading it, and my questions were answered.

There were so many points. Many very important points—family, friendship, growing up, feelings, struggles. I learned so much about the secrets of the universe as well.

I loved how both Ari and Dante matured throughout the story, especially Ari. He became more mature and more reasonable. Well, there were times when he wasn’t, but I think that was another point in the story—the difference between then and now—the change.

It wasn’t Dante and Ari who matured, too. Their parents as well. Specifically, Ari’s parents. I was so happy when they decided it was time to tell Ari everything, and it was such good timing because Ari wouldn’t realize a very big thing if they hadn’t.

There were times when I was annoyed of Ari and Dante, about how stubborn they were, but I was glad I got over that. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be this happy.

To me, everything escalated when that thing happened to one of the characters. I was shook! From there, things became more interesting. I couldn’t wait to read the next chapter and the next and the next.

The author’s writing style was so good, I fell in love to it. I remembered my own writing style while I was reading, not that I’m good as the author. The thought just popped. The writing was kind of lyrical and poetic, my type!

Beautiful and honest—this book. I recommend this to all people of different ages out there. I think they will learn something good from this novel. By the way, the ending is one of my favourite endings.


LEO LOZADA (velleochor)


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