Note: I read this book as part of the #DiversityDecBingo reading challenge. You can find out more about it here.
My Summary: Aristotle and Dante are as different as night and day. Aristotle envies Dante’s talents, confidence, and openness. He feels inferior. He feels lonely. He feels lost. However, when they meet, the two form a bond that changes their lives beyond imagination.
Trigger/Content Warning(s): transphobia
Well, if I’d had any idea how good this book would be, I would have read it eons ago.
Where do I even begin? It’s difficult to organize my thoughts because there are so many things I want to say about this book. Because this book is so many things at once. Continue reading.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Published by Simon and Schuster on February 21st 2012
Genres: Family, Friendship, Social Themes, Young Adult
Reading Level: High School
Publisher's synopsis: A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz. 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.