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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.

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Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781442408920
1442408928
Branch Call Number: y SAENZ 2012
Characteristics: 359 p. ;,22 cm

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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.

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.

Ari and Dante are smart, articulate teens trying to figure out the secrets of their own souls while grappling with the complications of their love.

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.

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.


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Nov 19, 2014
  • GhostWriterAt221B rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Flawless and entrancing. In all honesty, I did not physically set down this book until I had skimmed it, read it cover to cover, cried a bit, and skimmed it again, all the while neglecting my algebra homework. It really jolted me into the reality of today's society and my life; made me ponder relentlessly. Though, my one complaint is that Ari spent a good quarter of the novel wallowing in self pity and there wasn't enough Dante. John Green fans will appreciate- I do think that Green should write a book with homosexual characters. Honestly, it wouldn't near be as flawless as Dante and Ari's story.

Aug 25, 2014
  • derikam rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was fantastic! You really get to see the two boys grow up and change over the course of the book. My only complaint is that Ari and Dante spent the whole book building towards a relationship that we only got to see for the very last page.
A sequel would be amazing!

Aug 09, 2014
  • shellyzev rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Such a beautiful and great read. I recommend this book to literally everyone!

Jun 30, 2014
  • JessicaKF rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the best book I have read in a long time.

Jun 28, 2014
  • Green_Penguin_47 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Truthfully when I picked out this book, I never saw this as it turned out to be. But I loved it anyway. I think that throughout this book, it was great watching Ari slowly grow and 'explore' the mysteries of the universe, with the support of other character's along the way.

Jun 07, 2014
  • BUNBUN1978 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I wanted to like this book more than I did. It was interesting. Seeing a non traditional type of gay character. How ever Ari self pity got tiresome after awhile. I kept thinking that Dante was
a much more interesting character. The book would have been better if it was from his prescriptive. this was just a bit too slow moving for me. I did really enjoy the last chapter . That is why i bumped my review up, a star.

NYPL Staff Pick
Two lonely boys become friends, and that friendship transforms their lives.

This book is poignant and funny. I highly recommend it for sensitive treatment of identity issues.

Apr 27, 2014
  • ashivel2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A beautiful story told in beautiful prose. This tale is obviously close to Saenz's heart, and it reads as such.

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

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

Jul 03, 2013
  • 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."

Jul 03, 2013
  • 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."

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.

Apr 30, 2013
  • 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.

Apr 30, 2013
  • 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?

Apr 30, 2013
  • 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.

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

Man loneliness was much bigger than boy loneliness.

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.

Apr 30, 2013
  • 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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Oct 16, 2014
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Jun 26, 2014
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Jul 03, 2013
  • Violet_Lion_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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