ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE -- a tender, honest exploration of identity and sexuality
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (2014, Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers; 368 pages)
It's the summer of 1987 when 15-year-olds Aristotle and Dante meet. 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.
From Booklist: "Family issues take center stage, as well as issues of Mexican identity, but the heart of the novel is Dante’s openness about his homosexuality and Ari’s suppression of his."
Saenz's story of friendship forces the reader to better know themselves, and encapsulates what it feels like to be a miserable, jaded teenager.
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Recommended by: Ariadne
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