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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
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Jun 09, 12

it was amazing
bookshelves: queer, young-adult, realistic-fiction, favorites

Fantastic! Sigh. And a fast read. This is the best GLBT teen romance story I have read yet. The writing was simple, yet poetic. Set in the late 1980s in Northern California. Two boys, one Mexican and one Mexican/Caucasian, both with names of philosophers (but Aristotle goes by Ari), meet in the pool on a summer day. Both, are, in ways, only children and don't have a lot of friends. Their friendship develops quickly and one boy soon develops feelings for the other. This book is just as much about friendship, as romance. If not more on the friendship side.

Will appeal to adults!



Mexican-American, GLBT, 1980s, Friendship, Sibling in Prison, Shadow of a Sibling, Being Touch, Vietnam War (Ari's dad is a vet)/trauma, mixed-race, Queer and POC, Questioning, Supportive Families
Character Driven/Character Window
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