Book Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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.

What I Think: 

This book is incredible. This is a book that I would suggest to anyone, regardless of if you like YA literature or not. I fell in love with this book during the first chapter and I thought the entire book was a beautiful story of growth and love.

I really enjoyed the writing style.  The chapters were very short (I think the longest chapter was 3/4 pages), but that didn’t matter. It was an easy read, but it wasn’t bad writing. In fact, the writing style in this book drew me in and I really thought that it fitted the story well.

The characters were so different, but also similar in ways. I loved the fact that this novel, as a YA contemporary novel, really including the families as a main part of the story. Most of the time in any type of YA novel, the families are an afterthought, or barely mentioned. Usually, parents/families don’t have a lot of dialogue, but making the families a main focal point of this story was a great choice and I really enjoyed reading about both families.

I was very satisfied by the ending of the book. I thought the ending fit the book perfectly and wrapped up the story in a very nice way.

I highly recommend this book. It is a very character-driven story, instead of plot-driven. I was a bit iffy about that aspect at first, but I am so, so happy that I picked this book up. Again, I highly recommend this book. If you’re a fan of YA (or even if you aren’t) I think you will enjoy this novel!

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