Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Benjamin Alire Saenz
(Simon & Schuster)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe tells the absorbing, emotionally complex story of two outsiders. Ari is full of anger and frustration, trapped at home with parents who won’t talk about their own anxieties. Ari’s brother is in prison and his parents won’t talk to him about that either. Dante, in contrast, is something of a loner, who sees the world in his own unique way. Both teens struggle with their emotions and have little idea of what the future holds.
When the two meet, they initially feel they have little in common, but gradually their friendship grows. The two eventually become best friends and confidantes. Then an accident happens that puts their friendship to the test and when Dante moves away, albeit temporarily, it seems the end of their time together.
This is an immensely rewarding YA novel that is rooted in the best of American fiction for teenage readers. Bookwagon thoroughly recommends Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
Readers might also like See You In The Cosmos and King and the Dragonflies.
Stonewall Book Award; Honor Book, Michael L. Printz Award; Pura Belpré Author Award,