Book review

A great story to discover yourself – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Book Name – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Author – Benjamin Alire Saenz

Publisher – Simon & Schuster

Page Count – 359

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“Something happened inside me as I looked out into the vast universe. Through that telescope, the world was closer and larger than I’d ever imagined. And it was all so beautiful and overwhelming and – I don’t know – it made me aware that there was something inside of me that mattered.”

Since this is the pride month so I wanted to read this book for a very long time and my enthusiasm knew no bounds after I read all the amazing reviews about it. I thought this will be the best time to read an LGBTQ+ book and just absorb everything that I can.

 I’m totally in love with this book. After reading the book, now I know what the hype was all about and why this book has bagged so many amazing awards. The way the author has molded all the characters was very fascinating to read. Ari and Dante are now my favorite characters for sure. First of all, I love this beautiful cover of the book and the font of the title, well I know that’s a weird thing to say but I like it!

This is the story of two young American-Mexican teens with unusual names, Aristotle (Ari) Mendoza who is poles apart in nature with Dante Quintana when it comes to expressing their feelings and putting their opinions straight out of their heads. Ari is a person who is shy, tough, complicated, always keeping things to himself, and angry whose elder brother is in jail whereas Dante is outspoken and straightforward. Their families were supportive. Dante starts to question things, Ari never considered. This is the coming age story where these two young boys experience real friendship. Their struggles with sexuality, ethnic identity, family relationships are all inspiring just like their friendship. They teach each other to love.

This was a lyrical elegantly written book. My first book by Benjamin and now I think I’m going to pick up some more books by him. It was bold and I think the title is perfectly apt. The language was perspicuous and I’m sure you will in tune with the story as soon as you start with the first page. The book is divided into parts, so that we can keep a track of all the happenings in their lives and the biggest plus point for me was, the chapters were short.

It was a gripping and captivating story of two teenage loners and it was unputdownable. I love the story from Ari’s point of view, an inner monologue. The only thing was, in the end, I thought the story went so swiftly but Saenz could have added one more chapter and finished off nicely!

Long story short – I loved the parents, I love Legs. I would say this was a great book in discovering yourself.

A must read book and definitely recommending it for the pride month!

Rating – 4.25/5

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