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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

(Aristotle and Dante #1)

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Dante can swim. Ari can't. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari's features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published February 21st 2012)
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Thomas
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Thomas by: John
3 STEPS TO BECOME ME, THOMAS:

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.

Perh
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Emily May
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
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Rick Riordan
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YA realistic fiction.

This 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 Quintana 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 pro
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Ariel
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 impo
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Whitney Atkinson
I'M NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING ...more
Kai
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, owned
“The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.”

I've heard so many good things about this novel and seen it all over Tumblr. I wanted to read this so badly, which is why I finally, finally got my hands on a copy and started reading right away. I also finished reading it right away.

My thoughts:
Well, first of all, I love the way I can identify with Ari and Dante, but especially with Ari. Sometimes his stubbornness got on my nerves and I wanted to shake him and te
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NReads
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's to Sam for being the coolest dad of the universe ...more
Claudia Ramírez
I'M CRYING. THIS BOOK WAS BEAUTIFUL. ...more
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”Why do we smile? Why do we laugh? Why do we feel alone? Why are we sad and confused? Why do we read poetry? Why do we cry when we see a painting? Why is there a riot in the heart when we love? Why do we feel shame? What is that thing in the pit of your stomach called desire?”

I think I rarely read an introduction to a book that touched me as much as this one did. It were exactly questions like that I asked myself when I was a young and confused teen. I was always more serious than the other kids
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karen
Dec 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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✨    jami   ✨
“Maybe we just lived between hurting and healing.”


I put off writing this review for months and months. Not because I didn't want to write it - I did. Believe me, I've worked this draft over and over like it's my magnum opus. I just wanted to get this review right, and to really communicate exactly how much this book means to me. I failed, but I did my best.

This review is going to be grossly personal, because this book meant so much to me personally. To me it wasn't just a cute book or a f
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Regan
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an amazing story about love, identity, and family. I really feel everyone should read this book.
Kassidy
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Absolutely beautiful.
C.G. Drews
Reread | July 2021
I unintentionally always read this in June/July apparently 🥺👌🏻 I decided to reread before the sequel and I do love how different things stand out to me every time. This time I appreciated the nuanced exploration of internalised homophobia. It really rules Ari's life, though it is buried so deeply even he doesn't know it. It truly is a story of the struggle of how to fit your own skin, and it is a very specific agony, well-captured within these pages.


reread | JULY 2017
You know h
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Riley
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is perfection
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Update Feb 2017
Lowering my rating to 3 stars since I think 4.5 was super duper generous

4.5*
I just didn't really love it as much as I had thought I would. Another case of a book being too hyped up for it to possibly live up to my expectations unfortunately.
That being said I did still really enjoy it and thing it was a beautiful story, pretty similar to some other books I've read though.
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may ➹
you know what??? it was a REALLY good idea to reread this book (3/14/20: for the third time) I mean it’s not like I sobbed myself to sleep at 1am last night or anything
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
***This one cannot go wrong if you are looking for something to read

YA done right💞
*Dante, you make me want to speak Spanish. Oh, I simply don't know why*

*what I loved:
✨The amazing writing style
✨The character development and the various character representations
✨The slow burn romance
✨The realistic plot
✨Young adult theme done right
✨And it's the short chapters that kept me rushing through the book! Actually this is the first book I wish the chapters were longer and the chapters would just go on a
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Gabby
I just finished reading this book for the third time, and god damn I just love this book so much. The first time I read this was seven years ago, and I've been wanting to reread it for so long and I finally did. I had forgotten that this book takes place in the 80's and I forgot just how much I adore Dante and his family. Aristotle is an incredibly relatable character for me: when I was 15 I struggled with my identity and I also felt angry and depressed all the time and I could never really figu ...more
Elle (ellexamines)
I remember I finished this book crying so hard I was shaking, in a good way, and then reading it twice more in the trip I finished it on because I loved it so much.

* This review contains spoilers.

Aristotle Mendoza is young and angry. With his brother in prison for assault, and his father loving but haunted by the Vietnam war, his main solace is in his friendship with a boy named Dante. Friendship would be his description of their relationship; when Dante kisses him around halfway through, he
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Chloe
2nd read: March 2019 (audiobook)
★★★★★
I loved this even more than I did the first time. An absolute favourite.

1st read: Sep-Oct 2017 (audiobook)
★★★★★
speechless.
jessica
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
okay, im bumping up my original rating because sometimes i find myself randomly thinking about this book, even months after finishing this, so obviously i liked it more than i initially thought i did.

this was a sweet and touching story, but i keep coming back to the way the story was told. the writing was honestly of the highest quality. it was pure and raw and just so dang honest. i dont think i have ever related to a teenaged boy before, but this book changed that. the characters were just so
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♛ may
So, this is probably going to be the last review I write bc I don’t think I’m going to survive the boycotting my friends are going to inflict on me after I roast this book.

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Firstly, I want to apologize to the world.

Secondly, WHAT THE HECK WAS THE POINT OF THIS BOOK??!!??

So the beginning was cute. It was cute in a middle-school-book kinda way. But going in thinking this was YA and getting an onslaught of 99% CONVERSATION and 0% PLOT made me feel ripped off.

I must say though, I appreciate the di
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Hershey
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
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daph pink ♡
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, queer, ya
each time i read this it just gets better and better
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Reread for a challenge in one of my groups and omg, I forgot how much I loved it!



One of my favorite quotes:

So I named myself Ari
If I switched the letter, my name was Air
I thought it might be a great thing to be the air
I could be something and nothing at the same time. I could be necessary and also invisible. Everyone would need me and no one would be able to see me


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There are almost no words for how much I loved this book. I got chills, I cried, I got ma
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Carolyn
Sep 17, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are easily entertained.
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Ryan
"As Dante was watching me search the sky through the lens of a telescope, he whispered, 'Someday, I'm going to discover all of the secrets of the universe.'"

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All of the stars in the universe - an instant favourite. As some of you may know, I'm a sucker for a good coming-of-age love story, and this one completely delivered. I read this in one sitting. One. I don't think you understand, I'm ADHD, I hardly ever finish a book in one sitting. But this book? I refused to put it down. I said I'd r
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
This was such a quick read!

I can definitely understand why so many people love this book - had tears in my eyes a few times!
Hamad
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperbacks, 2020-reads, ya
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“Maybe we just lived between hurting and healing.”


There is a series of YA LGBT books that I have always been curious about due to their huge success and this is one of them. I had a feeling it was not the book for me and despite that I found a paperback at the local store and couldn’t resist the urge to buy it. Now the secret of the universe that is baffling me is why is this such a successful book?I expected something unique, something fr
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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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