Benjamin Alire Sáenz aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe book review
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Book review: Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz ***

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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.

A lot has been said and written about this book, I’m not sure I have that much to add. So let me keep it short.

I read this book in a day or two. The writing is accessible and fluent but there were less “amazing” passages than I’d thought there’d be. The hyped-book-disappointment strikes again. Although I’m not really disappointed, I honestly wasn’t anything at all.

I’m glad this book exists and that people have enjoyed it, found themselves in it. I just thought it was okay. It didn’t blow me away, but then again, maybe I’m not really the target audience 😉

If you haven’t read this one already and you’re considering picking it up, I’m sure you’ll like it if: a) you like ya-contemporary-fiction, b) you like summer reads, c) you like to read about people struggling to figure out who they are.

As for me, I’m glad I can finally take it off my tbr list. It had been up there for way too long.

2 thoughts on “Book review: Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz ***”

    1. I mean it’s certainly not a bad book but the way everyone was talking about it, it seemed like it was going to be filled with quote-worthy sentences and it just didn’t deliver those 🙂

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