“A coming of age story about a boy discovering his homosexuality. Nicely done if the reader is not homophobic or anti-gay.”wiley wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Didn't see this coming. Nope. Not at all. Sweet book about two boys coming of age, and beautifully written. I appreciated the friendship and humor, and thought it felt very real. I can see that this would be a good book for a young boy who may suspect that he is not "like the others" and is struggling to find his place in the world. ”Carmen M wrote this review Monday, November 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“.5*”Danae wrote this review Thursday, October 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Aristotle and Dante meet on a summer afternoon at a local pool. Their friendship slowly develops until they spend mostly every day together. After a car accident lands Aristotle in the hospital after saving Dante, their friendship strengthens even more. The story follows the boys through the next few years as they grow into their own skin, deal with their momentary separation, and learn more about themselves. While I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, I would be hesitant to put it on my shelf as a teacher. It would be much more suited to middle or high schoolers than to even upper elementary students. ”Emma jo galloway wrote this review Thursday, October 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is perhaps the best teen book I've read in a long, long time, and I read my share of teen fiction. Set in El Paso, Texas in the late 1980's Dante and Aristotle, Ari for short, are two 15-year-olds who've never really had many (or really any) friends. When Dante asks Ari if he wants to learn to swim, an unforgettable friendship develops.
Addressing issues of race (both characters are Mexican-American), sexuality, and adolescence - what it means to be in between childhood and adulthood - this book doesn't shy away from the tough issues. It also doesn't tell the typical teenage narrative of youth who feel so alienated from and misunderstood by their parents. While both Ari and Dante roll their eyes at their parents now and then, they both openly admit to loving and feeling supported by their families. I love that this is the story Benjamin Alire Saenz decided to tell because I think we need more of them.
I don't often cry reading books; watching movies, yes, but not reading. However, I cried - a lot of happy and sad tears - at the end of this one. It's a book about friendship, yes, but it's also a story about loyalty and standing up for what you believe in, even if you're not quite sure you know what that is. -Elana, Circulation”
“A book about two boys who, while in the midst of discovering themselves, discover one another. It is about the journey of self and the journey of others. It shows that there are all kinds of love and they are all beautiful. Ari must come to terms with the anger that seems to control him while Dante must come to terms with not being what he thinks is the perfect Mexican son. Together these two boys help one another and their families understand what it is to be you.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Level: Interest - 9-12; Grade - 2.9”
“A very moving and real coming of age book. ”garp wrote this review Wednesday, October 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I wasn't sure what to think about this book. On the one hand, it's quite clever with how it unravels the story - it's part obvious and part obscure. On the other hand, it's rather dry and dull. The events proceed a bit too cleanly and almost everything is set to rights by the end. I found this really difficult to believe and in a way, it diminishes the complexity implied in the book. Overall it was a good coming of age book.”a stor(e)y wrote this review Wednesday, September 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe in a single day. I devoured it. I laughed out loud and cried and loved every single moment spent with Ari and Dante. I loved the details, the family dynamics and the moments of real, hard-hitting, emotional situations. I would never have picked this up if my friend, Kari, had not put it on one of her beautiful lists of books. I'm so glad I did. So glad. This is the book that every teenager needs to read - most especially those who feel different in their sexuality, their loneliness, their "weirdness", or however they feel detached from the rest of the world. If I had read this book as a younger girl I would have understood so much more about me - I would have been reassured that I was not the only one out there feeling as if there was something different about me and I couldn't figure it out so therefore I should give up.
Read the rest of this review at The Lost Entwife on September 25, 2013.”
“Incredibly realistic, moving story about a boy named Ari with no friends who finds a friend in this weird new kid named Dante. As the two boys grow older, they learn (almost) everything about each other, and discover lots of stuff about themselves, too. The dialogue is great, and makes a thick-looking book read fast.”BE Kelley wrote this review Friday, September 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No