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

“Maybe we just lived betweenhurting and healing.”

#blurb: 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.

Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Pages: 368

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Ari is a gentle timid boy growing up in El Paso, Texas. He doesn’t know how to talk and open up to people. He blames his parents for this trait of his because they always choose to stay silent rather than discussing the real issues. He wants to talk to his father, he wants to know more about his brother, he wants to understand himself better, he wants to discover the secrets of the universe but his inability to accomplish these makes him disappointed. Ari has no real friends when he meets Dante in the swimming class. Slowly they become close and Ari feels Dante understands him better than anyone else, but still it is difficult for him to talk about his feelings to Dante while Dante wants him to. Ari is always too scared to speak his mind. Ari proves several times how important Dante is to him but still finds difficult to share his inner though with him. Will Ari be ever able to reciprocate the feelings Dante has for him which according to him is against the laws of the universe? Will Ari be able to find the true meaning to his life? Pick up the book to find out.

The book is a brilliant piece of literature. I can’t explain how overwhelmed I was after reading it. There are not enough words to explain the emotions I went through. It was such a beautiful experience. I wish I had read this book sooner. The characters are so realistic and well drawn. The conversations were so lyrical, with touch of emotions and sorrow. Also the character development throughout the story was perfect. The quest of a teenager to establish his own identity, to discover the truth which baffles him is beautifully portrayed. It is a phase which most of us have went through in that age when everything seems confusing, we are unsure about the steps we need to take, we are afraid of others mocking us, we are scared we won’t able to fulfill our parents’ wishes, on the top of that if there is communication gap in the family it makes the situation worse. Everything which every teenager goes through is beautifully depicted. Not to forget the book puts out a strong message on homosexuality which many people still finds hard to accept. Same sex love is still criticized in the society and considered illegal in many countries even in the 21st century. People need to inculcate the art of acceptance and love and respect everyone as they are. They are just human beings like all of us but still they have to go through things which we don’t have to. The question is WHY?

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