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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe #1)

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  71,781 Ratings  ·  12,375 Reviews
This Printz Honor Book is a “tender, honest exploration of identity” (Publishers Weekly) that distills lyrical truths about family and friendship.

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 spen
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Jan 10, 2013 Thomas rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Thomas by: John

1. Obtain a copy of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.

2. Read the book.

3. Fall in love. Fall in love with the writing, the characters, everything. Read past midnight, read in school, read everywhere and all the time. Slam the book shut and whisper-scream oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh. At the end of the book, allow a single tear to run down your right cheek and say a silent prayer of thanks for the fact that you are able to read at all.

Oct 22, 2013 Ariel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
This book was so so beautiful.

In actuality, it doesn't have a "plot". Not a main story or event that the characters center around. It's about a boy. It's a story about a boy who is sad and angry and can't figure out why. It's about him trying to love himself and others. It's about the teenage condition and mentality.

Let's talk about why I loved it. Mainly, I loved the mood and tone. It made me feel mellow and warm. I liked that it was slow paced, that it felt like real life with small but import
Whitney Atkinson
Dec 22, 2015 Whitney Atkinson rated it really liked it
Lola  Reviewer

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 alone...He 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 it.

And then he meets Dante.

Dante who made him see the world differently. Gosh, how much I loved that character. Everything about him made me th
Jan 12, 2014 karen rated it liked it
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya
i really thought this was going to be a slam-dunk of a book. all those prestigious awards and recognitions, a gay coming-of-age story that got the coveted dana stamp of approval, that cover….

and it is not a bad book, not by a long shot; i definitely enjoyed reading it. it just doesn't transcend its YA status like so many YA books do. this is an excellent book for its audience, but for me, it doesn't have that crossover appeal that so many recent YA titles have had.

it gets points for featuring a
Emily May
Sep 16, 2014 Emily May rated it it was ok
I have been saving this book. Just waiting for the right moment for us to come together and love one another. And this book is fine, I guess. It's okay. But I really don't see the magic that prompted so many five star ratings and literary awards.

It's weird because I was sure we were meant for each other. A Printz Honor book featuring a gay romance between two quirky characters - one of whom is a rough guy who gets into fights and has a complicated relationship with his father; the other being a
Clau R.
Do you remember the feeling you get when you watch the sun rise or set?

Do you remember the feeling you get when you're so happy that you felt like flying?

Do you remember the feeling you get when you're so sad and alone that you felt like curling yourself into a ball and wishing you never had to move on?

Do you remember the feeling you get when you're so mad that you don't know why your mad?

Do you remember the feeling you get when you wished you knew the mysteries of life?

Well, this book brought u
Apr 23, 2014 Regan rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing story about love, identity, and family. I really feel everyone should read this book.
Jessica (priceiswong)
Apr 06, 2016 Jessica (priceiswong) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Ahh this was everything I hoped it would be and more. Full Review on YouTube:
Raeleen Lemay
Feb 21, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, lgbtqia
Franco  Santos
Dec 04, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it
Me gustó mucho. Es un libro tierno, sobre la amistad, el amor y los secretos que se esconden dentro de nosotros.

My mother and father held hands. I wondered what that was like, to hold someone's hand. I bet you could sometimes find all of the mysteries of the universe in someone's hand.

Es una historia que nos enseña a valorarnos por lo que somos, sin importar lo que los demás piensen o digan de nosotros. Una historia que nos enseña a ver y encontrar lo que más nos hace felices, a apreciar a los q
Dec 30, 2015 Katie rated it it was amazing
this book is seriously so cute and wonderful. it was so much different than what I expected going into it and ugh I just want everyone to read this.
Jan 25, 2016 April rated it it was amazing
Aug 07, 2015 Josu rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-agosto
Esta es una novela que venía precedida de un increíble hype y que irremediablemente termina afectando a su lectura. Durante las primeras páginas era incapaz de encontrar por qué la gente amaba tanto este libro, y unas páginas más adelante lo pude entender. Pero volví a lo mismo, a partes tediosas, sin trama, que hacían que la novela no fuera nada del otro mundo. Sin embargo, durante las últimas 100 páginas creo que conseguí conectar mucho más con los personajes y con la historia. ¿Será que Ari y ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Ami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ami by: Cay
All the Secrets of the Universe
Through all of youth I was looking for you
without knowing what I was looking for

— W.S. Merwin

The Book Smugglers , a book review blog, wrote this review, and I quoted ...

"I think the best thing I can say about the book is how I can see Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe as a book that can be picked for a lit class to be dissected for its craft and examined for its themes BUT only after the reader is able to recover from becoming a blubbering m
Juliana Zapata
Sep 22, 2015 Juliana Zapata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Un libro con una historia conmovedora y hermosa, muy divertido y fácil de leer. Siento que este libro me dejó muchas enseñanzas y también me hizo recordar muchas cosas de mi adolescencia, esa búsqueda constante de identidad y esa hambre de experiencias.

Me identifiqué mucho con ambos personajes, creo que aunque alguna vez fui muy Ari, luego empecé a ser mas Dante.

Reseña Completa:
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Dec 03, 2015 Kelly (and the Book Boar) rated it it was amazing
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"The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain."

Welcome to a big hot mess and streaming word vomit. Apparently everyone but me already knew about this book and read it months or years ago. I read it because after my old lady brain forgot everyone had read it, it popped up on the “recommended to you” page I get when I log on to my library’s website and I liked the title. I’m real deep like that. I go
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I really loved Last Night I Sang to the Monster. It was sad, beautiful and powerful. It moved me deeply, making me cry buckets, shredding my heart to pieces and putting it all back together. I’m not really a crier. If a story has the kind of power to turn me inside out, then I want more.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was to finally get a copy of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe from the library. The cover is gorgeou
helen the bookowl
May 27, 2015 helen the bookowl rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was pure perfection! I started out reading this book with a neutral mind. I thought it was going to be good, but I didn't think it was going to be as brilliant as it turned out to be. The beginning was mellow but interesting, but it was the middle part and the ending that created the bigger picture and made me fall in love with this book.
I didn't know much about the plot going into it and I think that's how you should go into this story. You'll quickly fall in love with the main chara
Apr 02, 2016 Laz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why did I wait so long to read this?

I've been in a reading slump for so long.. I'm in love, I fell in love months ago and since then I have no mind for reading and when I do, I fall asleep instantly.. This book compelled me.

I love how it depicts the relationship of Ari and Dante. Let's take it from the start: two boys, Ari and Dante, they meet, they instantly become best friends, neither of them ever had any real friends, so it's something new to them both. They're at an age where they both disc
Dec 15, 2015 Tabetha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A beautiful and lyrical coming of age story about the friendship of two fifteen year old boys, Aristotle and Dante, both from El Paso, Texas, and how their relationship evolves from their first meeting in 1987 through to the year 1988, and beyond. I am still blown away by the beauty and emotions that were layered into every single page. Ari (Aristotle) feels that there is a wall between himself and his father, as his father had come back from the Vietnam war emotionally wounded, never discussing ...more
Nov 12, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-favorites

4.5 stars

I'm verklempt.

I want to use all the right words to do this book justice, but I'll fail. And that makes me angry. At myself. And at this book for being so great that I can't describe it properly. And at the author for giving me this book and jumbling up all my emotions. And for making me love it so.

^^^ and that is how this book goes. Because this is how Ari goes. He's an angry young teenager who doesn't know why. Who's so deeply honest with himself inside but so shut down to the world ar
May 24, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

”We all fight our own private wars.”

Secrets. Some secrets and truths in life we discover and share along the way. Others we hold close. But there are some things that should not be kept in and hidden away. Who we are in life. Who we want to be. Who we want to love should never be hidden. These are secrets Dante and Aristotle learn along their journey to manhood.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a beautiful book. Simple. Pure. Powerful. Poetic. My
Kyoko SWords
Mar 06, 2016 Kyoko SWords rated it it was amazing
Mi reseña completa aquí:

Kyoko sólo tiene dos puntos débiles: los hombres mayores/ancianos, y los hombres que se desmoronan. Ahora empiezo a entender porque los yaoi me gustan tanto...
Odio profundamente a todos aquellos que me recomendaron leer este libro, pues confieso que lloré con él. Mucho. Como desde juego de tronos no lloraba. ¿Por qué? no tengo idea, este libro no es trágico ni triste. Es solo un libro sobre un chico que está luchando por descubrirs
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Nov 08, 2015 Chelsea (chelseadolling reads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Shannon (leaninglights)
Pretty darn flawless. I loved this book. I loved every single character and thought the story arch was unique, REAL and beautiful. Going on my favorites shelf and never leaving.
Ellen Hopkins
Sep 25, 2013 Ellen Hopkins rated it it was amazing
This book speaks to the heart of humanity. Poetic. Beautiful .
Rachel Reads Ravenously (AKA The Wildcard Reader)
5 stars!!!!!

“Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.”

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This was beautiful.

The year is 1987. Ari is a loner, he keeps to himself and prefers it that way. One day, at the age of 15, Ari ventures to the public pool where he loves to float. There, he meets Dante who offers to teach him how to swim. From then on the two are best buds, inseparable for the entire summer. Sketching, reading, talking
Alexander Ayala
El mejor libro que he leído en toda mi vida. Se ha convertido sin excepción en mi libro favorito.
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Benjamin Alire Sáenz (born 16 August 1954) is an award-winning American poet, novelist and writer of children's books.

He was born at Old Picacho, New Mexico, the fourth of seven children, and was raised on a small farm near Mesilla, New Mexico. He graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1972. That fall, he entered St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colorado where he received a B.A. degree in Humaniti
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