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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
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Jun 19, 12

Read in May, 2012

Aristotle or Ari as he prefers to be called is an intensely private loner full of insecurity and quick to anger. Dante is the direct opposite, full of self confidence, calm and joyful. Somehow these polar opposites become close friends. Through the strength of their friendship and the support of their families both boys learn to accept each other and themselves for who they truly are.

This is a beautifully written coming of age story about friendship, families and love. Saenz has created complex and interesting characters. The exploration of Ari’s family dynamic along with his own self discovery is very engaging. Dante is just plain likeable. Although some might say that it is improbable that these two boys would have such amazing and accepting families this story never feels false. The LGBT issues presented might be challenging to some readers (or their parents).
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