Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz



Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 2-21-12

Pages: 359

Genre: Young Adult, LGBT

Source: Library book. Read for #LGBTApril


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 spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—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.

My Review

OH MY GOD THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD. I just want to flail and fangirl all over the place. ALL THE FEELS. How many bookish expressions can I use in a row without turning into a stereotype?

I seriously have no words for this book. It’s going to be pretty much impossible for me to write any sort of review for this because it’s just THAT GOOD.

I read this for #LGBTApril 2014 and, within the first couple of pages, it quickly became one of my all-time favorite books I’ve ever read in my whole life. I don’t even know how to describe to you guys how amazing this book is. It was so refreshing, different, romantic, philosophical…I seriously wanted to tag a quote on practically every single page of this book. I got my copy from the library, but I need my own hardback of this likerightnow.

“And it seemed to me that Dante’s face was a map of the world. A world without any darkness. Wow, a world without darkness. How beautiful was that?” 

I wish that I could just bottle up all of my emotions for this book so that I could accurately show you guys how much I’m in love with this book. I almost never get this obsessed with a book…but I just can’t help myself with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I didn’t cry while reading it, but I had so many feelings rushing through me throughout the entire thing. It’s so relatable and easy to read. And all of the characters were so in-depth and real.

I’m sorry that this review is such a mess. But, really, the only important thing that you should take away from this is PLEASE GO READ THIS BOOK NOW. It’s absolutely incredible, and I can almost guarantee that it will become one of your favorite reads, too. I can’t imagine anybody reading this and not immediately falling head over heels in love with it.

My Rating 5 Anchors


8 responses to “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

  1. I can see that you really loved this book. So many people have been saying so may good things about this. I bet I would also mark all of the wonderful quotes when I read this. I hope to get it soon. 😀 also, the cover is gorgeous. ❤

    • Yes, I love the cover, too! And it actually has some meaning within the story as well. I like it when they do that, vs. just like…a random pretty girl in a dress 😛

  2. Okay, I’m convinced! I’ll be reading this book very soon 😀 I’m so glad you fell in love with it and it touched you so deeply! I really like that quote; if the rest of the book is like that then I’m sure I’ll enjoy the rest of the book too.

    • Noooooo I was too late to add it to the link-up! Oh well 😛 That’s what I get for not checking my comments yesterday.

      Yeah I will definitely be trying to get a no-stickers hardback. Glad you liked my review!! 🙂

  3. Actually, I think that because the review is in your words, a mess, I’m MORE interested. You liked it so much you can’t really even put it into words. I love that. I’ll definitely check it out.

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