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P 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 Oh gosh my feelings are all over the place It started in a very captivating way I liked the narrator Aristotle nicknamed Ari is a calm fifteen year old boy who prefers being aloneHe doesn’t feel comfortable being around people his age but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a recluse Everyone things he’s sad and lonely but really he doesn’t mind itAnd then he meets Dante Dante who made him see the world differently Gosh how much I loved that character Everything about him made me think of an angel a sweet sweet angel I wish the world was filled with people like Dante because this world would have been a much lovelier placeThis is really a coming of age YA novel Even though it’s shelved as LGBT which IS true and shelved it myself as it too there is a good part of this story where it doesn’t feel that way It’s mostly about friendship family trust loyalty and being honest to ourselves and who we truly are Then comes the LGBT part and romance as well I have to say that I throughout the story craved to see some romantic affection between Ari and Dante There aren’t many scenes at all that show some because Ari isn’t gayOr is he?I kept wondering while reading and felt like I knew right inside me the answer except that I never could have been one hundred percent sure Gladly we do get an answer Actually every answer I could have had regarding events characters and scenes were answered and that is a big plus to the bookThe writing at first didn’t uite work for me to be honest It’s a very simple style The kind I could write myself without any problem EXCEPT we could actually feel as if it were really Ari’s writing and that is an exceptional thing and very a witty way of writing a story when I think of it I do admit that sometimes I really wished we had Dante’s POV just to know how he thinks and what’s in his mind Wait I do know what or who should I say he’s always thinking of I just think at least one scene would have been so spectacular to have narrated by himIt’s weird because Ari has sisters and a brother but we never actually really got to meet them or get to know those sisters I don’t even remember his sisters’ names if the narrator even told us their names in the first place Shame because I really wanted to get to know themI’m so glad this story includes an animal being the animal lover that I am I feel like they usually bring a nice atmosphere inside a story and this one a dog sure didAlso you need to know that this is a sad story I mean sure there are many cute and happy moments but drama usually follows Plus with that kind of atmosphere how could I have held back my tears? Do I recommend this book? Like air

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe #1A 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 YA realistic fictionThis book has won so many awards I could barely see the cover under all the stickers After reading it I understood why it gets so much praise Sáenz tells the story of two young men Aristotle “Ari” Mendoza and Dante uintana growing up in El Paso Texas during the 1980s We follow their lives from age fifteen to seventeen watching their relationship slowly grow change and strengthen Told from Ari’s point of view the novel is crafted in short lyrical chapters The prose sings The dialogue is pitch perfect The story is uiet and gentle but it pulls the reader through the narrative beautifullyAri has loving parents though his father silently bears the traumas of the Vietnam War keeping him distant from his son Ari’s sisters are a generation older making him feel like the family mascot rather than an eual sibling Most troubling of all the family has erased all traces of Ari’s older brother whom he barely remembers who went to prison for a violent crime Ari longs to know and feels betrayed by his parents’ silence Overall Ari feels like his life “is a story written by someone else” a sentiment I suspect many teens can relate toAri has no real friends nor does he want any but in the summer of his fifteen year he meets Dante at the swimming pool and Dante offers to teach him how to swim They bond initially over their unusual names but soon they are spending the bulk of their time together We follow them through funny episodes horrific accidents and tragic losses watching their awkward and tentative friendship turn into the sort of bond that will challenge what Ari believes about himself and his capacity for loveI won’t give away the ending but I kept thinking about it long after I finished the book It didn’t end the way I expected it to perhaps because of my own point of view and life experience but I now see it ended the only way it could as Ari learns how to reject the story others have written for him and write his life himself This would be a great book club choice to spur discussions about identity and acceptance Highly recommended I found this book thanks to the website ueer Books for Teens