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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Sáenz, Benjamin Alire (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe


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Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
Authors: Sáenz, Benjamin Alire
Title: Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster BFYR,, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 359 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Notes: Ages 12 up
Summary: Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
ISBN: 9781442408920
1442408928
Branch Call Number: y SAENZ 2012
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Report This Dec 07, 2013
  • AliReads rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Pretty much perfect. Everybody and everything was so well done, believable and honest and emotional without being at all soppy ever. I really fell in love with Ari.

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  • mawls rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I got lost in this one. While reading it, nothing else existed. I love that feeling. An honest and believable coming of age story.

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  • m2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gorgeous, moving, emotionally honest book about 2 boys growing up in El Paso TX in the 80's. There is a long wait while we suffer with Ari's own confusion and sorrow, but the payoff at the end is so good, so true, so right you will be weak kneed with gratitude that you did.

Report This Aug 26, 2013
  • JCLCaitlinT rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

There were times I was tempted to stop reading the book, but I'm glad I stuck it out in the end. Very emotionally honest book. Very unique read. I would highly recommend this book to teenagers as well as people who work with teens, as it accurately captures what it feels like to be that age.

Report This Aug 22, 2013
  • civan66 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

THIS BOOK IS SO AMAZING! I REALLY FELT FOR DANTE AND ARI. THIS IS A DEF MUST READ :)

Report This Aug 18, 2013
  • jump4ever rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. There were parts that made me cry while others made me laugh out loud.

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  • miasmasky rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Simply sublime.

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  • Violet_Lion_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read in my life. This book is relateable to all teens who struggle with their identity. The storyline is exquisitely formed. This is a story is indelible to my pysche and my heart.

Report This Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I’ve called a book “gorgeous” before in one of my reviews, but I don’t think I’ve ever called a book “beautiful.” --- There’s something about the writing of Benjamin Alire Saenz that is beautiful. --- There's an honesty to it. Even when characters are confused, deluded, repressed, and in denial, they're somehow still honest. But even more than their honesty, I think the beauty lies in their vulnerability. They struggle against opening themselves up enough to risk confronting their true feelings, yet ultimately they do so. They share their vulnerable inner selves so that we can connect with them, so that we can know we are like them and they are like us. To borrow a quote from a different book by Saenz, Last Night I Sang to the Monster: --- "But the thing is that I’m in love with Rafael’s story. I think I understand when Adam says that all our stories are different but in some ways our stories are all the same. I never really got that. But when I start to read Rafael’s journal, it’s as if I can see myself. It’s better than a mirror." --- This is a story of relationships. Of Ari's relationships, which are few and often strained. Ari is a quiet, withdrawn, angry, deep-thinking loner in El Paso, who one summer makes his first true friend, Dante. He tells us the story in snippets and episodes, along the way describing his interactions with his parents, Dante's parents, and a few other peers. How he saves Dante's life in a moment of instinctive reaction, pushing Dante out of the way of an approaching car and getting run over himself instead. The long, difficult recovery while in casts and the school year that begins before he's done, the one Dante spends in Chicago while his dad is a guest professor. Of Dante's confession that he wants to kiss Ari and Ari's obstinate refusal to either respond in kind or love Dante any less as a friend. Of the changes he continues to undergo as he struggles to understand himself and those around him, confronting in the process, without any real conscious awareness, his deep-seated self-loathing. --- It's an honest, vulnerable, moving, and beautiful story. One I could relate to intimately--despite my different personal circumstances--that left me feeling more understanding and loving of others and myself.

Two Latino Youth in El Paso 1987 discover friendship and more things in common as they struggle with self identity, relationships, growing into adulthood. The dialogue is refreshing, thoughful, funny and real. Presented in short powerful chapters.

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Report This Jul 03, 2013
  • Violet_Lion_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Report This Aug 18, 2013
  • jump4ever rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"Smiles are like that. They come and go."

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  • Violet_Lion_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Scars. A sign that you had been hurt. A sign thst you had been healed."

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  • Violet_Lion_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"And me, I always felt that I didn't belong anywhere. I didn't even belong in my own body - especially in my own body. I was changing into someone I didn't know. The change hurt but I didn't know why it hurt. And nothing about my own emotions made any sense."

Report This Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

To be careful with people and with words was a rare and beautiful thing.

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  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I had a rule that it was better to be bored by yourself than to be bored with someone else. I pretty much lived by that rule. Maybe that's why I didn't have any friends.

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  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I didn't understand how you could live in a mean world and not have any of that meanness rub off on you. How could a guy live without meanness?

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  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

See, the thing about guys is that I didn't really care to be around them. I mean, guys really made me uncomfortable. I don't know why, not exactly. I just, I don't know, I just didn't belong. I think it embarrassed the hell out of me that I was a guy. And it really depressed me that there was the distinct possibility that I was going to grow up and be like one of those assholes.

Report This Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Man loneliness was much bigger than boy loneliness.

Report This Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I renamed myself Ari. If I switched the letter, my name was Air. I thought it might be a great thing to be the air. I could be something and nothing at the same time. I could be necessary and also invisible. Everyone would need me and no one would be able to see me.

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  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It was good to laugh. I wanted to laugh and laugh and laugh until I laughed myself into becoming someone else.

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