Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe [Read] ➯ Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe By Benjamin Alire Sáenz – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk El Paso Texas 1987 Aristóteles es introvertido y tímido Dante es transparente y expresivo Por motivos ue parecen escapar a toda razón estos dos chicos de diecisiete años se encuentran y construyen El Dante Discover the Secrets PDF \ Paso Texas Aristóteles Dante Discover PDF É es introvertido y tímido Dante es transparente y expresivo Por motivos ue parecen escapar a toda razón estos dos chicos Aristotle and PDF/EPUB ² de diecisiete años se encuentran y construyen una amistad entrañable ue les permitirá redefinir el mundo del otro y aprender a creer en ellos mismos para and Dante Discover Kindle Ö descubrir los secretos del universoEl escritor multipremiado Benjamin Alire Sáenz explora la lealtad y la confianza entre dos jóvenes ue están aprendiendo a ser adultos en and Dante Discover the Secrets PDF or un escenario fronterizo tan mexicano como estadounidense Juntos deberán crecer al mismo tiempo ue se adaptan a una sociedad ue también está en permanente búsueda de su identidadPara todos auellos ue han tenido ue aprender a jugar con otras reglas.


10 thoughts on “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

  1. Thomas Thomas says:

    3 STEPS TO BECOME ME THOMAS1 Obtain a copy of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe2 Read the book3 Fall in love Fall in love with the writing the characters everything Read past midnight read in school read everywhere and all the time Slam the book shut and whisper scream oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh At the end of the book allow a single tear to run down your right cheek and say a silent prayer of thanks for the fact that you are able to read at allPerhaps I’m making this book seem dramatic than it actually is It’s not dramatic at all in the typical sense There are no overtly sentimental Nicholas Sparks plot twists no super sexy erotica Fifty Shades of Grey style not even an ardent declaration of love via Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice This book is about two Mexican American teens trying to find their way in the world but before they do that they find each other – Aristotle and Dante the former a self doubting silent guy the latter an expressive fair skinned swimmer We experience the story from Ari’s perspective from the first time he met Dante at his local swimming pool I’d never really been very close to other people I was pretty much a loner I’d played basketball and baseball and done the Cub Scout thing tried the Boy Scout thing – but I always kept my distance from the other boys I never felt like I was a part of their worldThroughout the book Aristotle and Dante are exposed and layered continually growing complex but also becoming bare Their coming of age story is shown beautifully What seems like a simple story about friendship is a simple story about friendship but there are profound themes woven in and the uality of the characterization is simply breathtaking Dante a lover of poetry and a passionate crier reminded me of myself so much it hurt while every ounce of Aristotle’s emotions – his confusion his longing his hate – resonated with me I sometimes think that I don’t let myself know what I’m really thinking about That doesn’t make much sense but it makes sense to me I have this idea that the reason we have dreams is that we’re thinking about things we don’t know we’re thinking about – and those things well they sneak out of us in our dreams Maybe we’re like tires with too much air in them The air has to leak out That’s what dreams areBenjamin Alire Saenz has poetic prose There aren’t many compound sentences or large SAT words in this book but every word impacted me Sometimes the shortest sentence flooded me with feeling Every description of Dante’s laugh every time the boys would call each other weird every moment they spent together – it felt like I was there experiencing their friendship and their bondHave you ever heard that saying if there’s a book you want to read but it’s not published write it yourself? I won’t stop writing but Saenz has accomplished that for me here Saenz dedicates this book “to all the boys who’ve had to learn to play by different rules” As a homosexual Asian American living in Virginia I’ve had to learn to play by the rules of my parents my society and most importantly myself Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe will speak to Mexican Americans homosexuals tom girls book nerds loners etc Essentially it will appeal to everyone who’s ever felt different who’s ever felt like they weren’t sure of who they were Highly recommended for all


  2. Emily May Emily May says:

    I have been saving this book Just waiting for the right moment for us to come together and love one another And this book is fine I guess It's okay But I really don't see the magic that prompted so many five star ratings and literary awards It's weird because I was sure we were meant for each other A Printz Honor book featuring a gay romance between two uirky characters one of whom is a rough guy who gets into fights and has a complicated relationship with his father; the other being a sweet and sensitive boy who loves his poetry Throw in some philosophical musings and a generous helping of poetic teen angst and you should be serving up a new favourite of mine right?Apparently notI love deep complex and emotional contemporary YA that reminds me why I still read books aimed at teens But you know I just didn't find this book as deep and meaningful as it was obviously trying to be There were some intriguing passages thrown in that were clearly meant to tickle our inner emos like “The problem with my life was that it was someone else’s idea” And “I wondered what it was we were laughing about Was it just our names? Were we laughing because we were relieved? Were we happy? Laughter was another one of life’s mysteries” But it all felt like a good old example of trying too hard The characters of Aristotle and Dante are two very different individuals who form an instant connection and go on to become close friends but they never seemed like anything but caricatures of angsty teens with the pretentious poetry reading and freuent philosophical phrases that made me cringe The dialogue was particularly unrealistic There are some writers who can pull off floaty poetic speech between their characters and then there are those who fail to sound than fake overdone and scripted In my opinion this book was in the latter category However I feel this way about John Green and everyone seems to love him too so it's hardly surprising that I once again find myself in the minorityNot only does the constant waxing poetic feel a bit off but the rest of the time we're treated to a choppy fragmented narrative that gave me flashbacks to The Perks of Being a Wallflower For example “When I got home I sat on my front porchI watched the sun setI felt alone but not in a bad way I really liked being alone Maybe I liked it too much Maybe my father was like that tooI thought of Dante and wondered about him” I think I get what this book was trying to do and I also get what many people probably thought it was doing but I can point you towards authors who do a similar kind of thing and make it seem less cheesy and far real and meaningful ASKing Melina Marchetta Matthew uick and Sara Zarr to name but a few When compared to the works of those authors these characters and this writing just pale in comparison In my opinion anywayBlog | Leafmarks | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr


  3. Rick Riordan Rick Riordan says:

    YA realistic fictionThis book has won so many awards I could barely see the cover under all the stickers After reading it I understood why it gets so much praise Sáenz tells the story of two young men Aristotle “Ari” Mendoza and Dante uintana growing up in El Paso Texas during the 1980s We follow their lives from age fifteen to seventeen watching their relationship slowly grow change and strengthen Told from Ari’s point of view the novel is crafted in short lyrical chapters The prose sings The dialogue is pitch perfect The story is uiet and gentle but it pulls the reader through the narrative beautifullyAri has loving parents though his father silently bears the traumas of the Vietnam War keeping him distant from his son Ari’s sisters are a generation older making him feel like the family mascot rather than an eual sibling Most troubling of all the family has erased all traces of Ari’s older brother whom he barely remembers who went to prison for a violent crime Ari longs to know and feels betrayed by his parents’ silence Overall Ari feels like his life “is a story written by someone else” a sentiment I suspect many teens can relate toAri has no real friends nor does he want any but in the summer of his fifteen year he meets Dante at the swimming pool and Dante offers to teach him how to swim They bond initially over their unusual names but soon they are spending the bulk of their time together We follow them through funny episodes horrific accidents and tragic losses watching their awkward and tentative friendship turn into the sort of bond that will challenge what Ari believes about himself and his capacity for loveI won’t give away the ending but I kept thinking about it long after I finished the book It didn’t end the way I expected it to perhaps because of my own point of view and life experience but I now see it ended the only way it could as Ari learns how to reject the story others have written for him and write his life himself This would be a great book club choice to spur discussions about identity and acceptance Highly recommended I found this book thanks to the website ueer Books for Teens


  4. Ariel Ariel says:

    This book was so so beautiful In actuality it doesn't have a plot Not a main story or event that the characters center around It's about a boy It's a story about a boy who is sad and angry and can't figure out why It's about him trying to love himself and others It's about the teenage condition and mentality Let's talk about why I loved it Mainly I loved the mood and tone It made me feel mellow and warm I liked that it was slow paced that it felt like real life with small but important events happening I actually really liked Aristotle the main character even though he's kind of a jerk But the thing is he doesn't want to be a jerk I loved the relationships especially with his best friend Dante It was real friendship not false or easy I loved the emphasis on family And the ending was beautiful So beautiful I really related to the main character his struggles of culture and feeling lonely and regretting growing up And when I didn't relate to him I still empathized I just wanted to hug Aristotle I didn't realize how much I loved this book until it ended I flew through it so uickly that I didn't realize how beautiful it was how happy it made me feel This is absolutely a new favourite I can't wait to reread it


  5. Whitney Atkinson Whitney Atkinson says:

    I'M NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING


  6. Kai Kai says:

    “The summer sun was not meant for boys like me Boys like me belonged to the rain”I've heard so many good things about this novel and seen it all over Tumblr I wanted to read this so badly which is why I finally finally got my hands on a copy and started reading right away I also finished reading it right awayMy thoughtsWell first of all I love the way I can identify with Ari and Dante but especially with Ari Sometimes his stubbornness got on my nerves and I wanted to shake him and tell him that he should just go and love Dante But on the other hand everything just felt so realWhich leads me to my second point about how I kept on reading and nodding my head smiling about how true some statements and feelings pictured in the novel felt The thing is Sáenz does not try to be philosophical and poetic He doesn't have toThird you can see how Ari grows In the beginning he is a 15 year old boy he talks like a 15 year old boy he thinks like one But as he grows older he learns and experiences things especially through Dante he changes I just want to state that this novel is a perfect example of character developmentWhat bothered me just a little is the ending Yes it's happy and lovely and that's what I wished for but I had the feeling that everything went too fast Particularly the revelations about the pastAnd also I am kind of angry Why whywhywhy couldn't we read about their happy ever after? I mean I've been waiting for this the whole time and now I don't even get two whole pages of AriDante as a couple Not fair I want need a seuelRereadI'm still very much in love with this book There may have been something in my eyes they got a little tearyUpdateWe're getting a seuel Someone must have heard my prayersFind of my books on Instagram


  7. Cristina Monica Cristina Monica says:

    Oh gosh my feelings are all over the place It started in a very captivating way I liked the narrator Aristotle nicknamed Ari is a calm fifteen year old boy who prefers being aloneHe doesn’t feel comfortable being around people his age but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a recluse Everyone things he’s sad and lonely but really he doesn’t mind itAnd then he meets Dante Dante who made him see the world differently Gosh how much I loved that character Everything about him made me think of an angel a sweet sweet angel I wish the world was filled with people like Dante because this world would have been a much lovelier placeThis is really a coming of age YA novel Even though it’s shelved as LGBT which IS true and shelved it myself as it too there is a good part of this story where it doesn’t feel that way It’s mostly about friendship family trust loyalty and being honest to ourselves and who we truly are Then comes the LGBT part and romance as well I have to say that I throughout the story craved to see some romantic affection between Ari and Dante There aren’t many scenes at all that show some because Ari isn’t gayOr is he?I kept wondering while reading and felt like I knew right inside me the answer except that I never could have been one hundred percent sure Gladly we do get an answer Actually every answer I could have had regarding events characters and scenes were answered and that is a big plus to the bookThe writing at first didn’t uite work for me to be honest It’s a very simple style The kind I could write myself without any problem EXCEPT we could actually feel as if it were really Ari’s writing and that is an exceptional thing and very a witty way of writing a story when I think of it I do admit that sometimes I really wished we had Dante’s POV just to know how he thinks and what’s in his mind Wait I do know what or who should I say he’s always thinking of I just think at least one scene would have been so spectacular to have narrated by himIt’s weird because Ari has sisters and a brother but we never actually really got to meet them or get to know those sisters I don’t even remember his sisters’ names if the narrator even told us their names in the first place Shame because I really wanted to get to know themI’m so glad this story includes an animal being the animal lover that I am I feel like they usually bring a nice atmosphere inside a story and this one a dog sure didAlso you need to know that this is a sad story I mean sure there are many cute and happy moments but drama usually follows Plus with that kind of atmosphere how could I have held back my tears? Do I recommend this book? Like air


  8. Claudia Ramírez Claudia Ramírez says:

    I'M CRYING THIS BOOK WAS BEAUTIFUL


  9. NReads NReads says:

    Here's to Sam for being the coolest dad of the universe


  10. Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥ Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥ says:

    ”Why do we smile? Why do we laugh? Why do we feel alone? Why are we sad and confused? Why do we read poetry? Why do we cry when we see a painting? Why is there a riot in the heart when we love? Why do we feel shame? What is that thing in the pit of your stomach called desire?”I think I rarely read an introduction to a book that touched me as much as this one did It were exactly uestions like that I asked myself when I was a young and confused teen I was always serious than the other kids and there were things they just didn’t understand When I was seventeen life was tough for me at least tough than for other people my age I asked myself uestions they wouldn’t ask themselves for decades and I had to ask those uestions because life and my personal experiences kind of forced me to Just like Ari I was thinking about so many things wondering about my place in this world Why did some things have to end? Why did others start? Why did my heart hurt so much? Gosh I really wish I would have had this book in my teens because it definitely would have made me feel better “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” certainly is a book that’s important and needed It’s one of those reads that is able to change you to help you and I really really wish I would have had it back then XD It captured the problems of adolescence so damn well and because of that it’s easily become one of my all time favourites ”Sometimes I think my father has all these scars On his heart In his head All over”The problem about those scars is that no one can see them and most people don’t even bother to try to understand I loved that Ari truly wanted to know what his father felt and that he wanted him to tell him about his feelings and thoughts But just like Ari and basically everyone else on this world his father was a creature of his experiences and his environment The war he had fought had changed him and the experience with his eldest son had shaped him as well It’s never easy to talk about things that are so close to our heart but Ari’s father made an effort and I think that counts for something ”You were looking for me” he saidI looked at him“In your dream You were looking for me”“I’m always looking for you” I whispered ”I got to thinking that poems were like people Some people you got right off the bat Some people you just didn’t get – and never would get”I guess in some way this sentence explains a lot about the book There were people Ari didn’t understand and there were people who understood him pretty well but couldn’t seem to be able to convey it For instance his parents and Dante Dante understood him than anyone else and I think in some way he might have even hated him for it At least at the beginning of the book The time passed the less he saw him as a threat It’s just that Dante always asked the right uestions he is honest and very outspoken and therefore the complete opposite of Ari who always keeps his feelings and words to himself While Dante admits that he loves Ari and this pretty early on in the book Ari isn’t only unable to accept his own feelings but also incapable to voice them properly He’s overwhelmed and he feels helpless So basically just like any other teen right? lol ”I love swimming” he said again He was uiet for a little while And then he said “I love swimming – and you”I didn’t say anything “Swimming and you Ari Those are the things I love the most”And even though Ari tells him not to voice those thoughts it’s still obvious that he feels the same way about Dante as well Call me crazy but in some way this was really beautiful to watch XD I mean we have a boy who knows exactly what he wants and we have a boy who uestions everything and doesn’t even know who he is Still there’s no doubt Ari loves Dante too because even though he can’t admit it his thoughts speak their own language ”And it seemed to me that Dante’s face was a map of the world A world without any darkness Wow a world without darkness How beautiful was that?”Despite all this it was still amazing to see that their friendship was able to survive every blow of fate that was thrown their way I just loved their dynamic and the fact that they knew each other inside out Their friendship was #friendshipgoals and it were always those little to some people rather insignificant moments which touched me the most and automatically warmed my heart ”How many burgers did you flip to buy the book?”“That’s a very Dante uestion” I said“That’s a very Ari answer” he saidAnd then we started laughing and couldn’t stopAlso can I say how much I loved the way Ari described his relationship to his mother? Those two had me close to tears often than once and I just adored the way they spoke with each other how open and extremely honest they were Ari’s and Dante’s moms definitely are #momgoals and I strive to become an awesome mother like that too 3 ”I could feel my mom listening to me She was always there I hated her for that And loved her” ”And I knew that there was something about me that Mrs uintana saw and loved And even though I felt it was a beautiful thing I also felt it was a weight Not that she meant it to be a weight But love was always something heavy for me Something I had to carry”All told I really loved this book and I can recommend it to every teenager who feels lost and alone “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” is a wonderful and exceptionally beautiful read It’s full of poetry and the important uestions of life it’s a journey with a beginning and an end and it’s so damn relatable that you can’t help but fall in love with it I’m sure young and old will enjoy it and I hope everyone who reads it will discover the secrets of the universe as well Sometimes the journey is everything that truly matters ; Pview spoilerThe ending was sooo beautiful 333 sobs ”All this time I had been trying to figure out the secrets of the universe the secrets of my own body of my own heart All of the answers had always been so close and yet I had always fought them without even knowing it From the minute I’d met Dante I had fallen in love with him I just didn’t let myself know it think it feel it My father was right And it was true what my mother said We all fight our own private wars” hide spoiler


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10 thoughts on “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

  1. Thomas Thomas says:

    3 STEPS TO BECOME ME THOMAS1 Obtain a copy of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe2 Read the book3 Fall in love Fall in love with the writing the characters everything Read past midnight read in school read everywhere and all the time Slam the book shut and whisper scream oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh At the end of the book allow a single tear to run down your right cheek and say a silent prayer of thanks for the fact that you are able to read at allPerhaps I’m making this book seem dramatic than it actually is It’s not dramatic at all in the typical sense There are no overtly sentimental Nicholas Sparks plot twists no super sexy erotica Fifty Shades of Grey style not even an ardent declaration of love via Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice This book is about two Mexican American teens trying to find their way in the world but before they do that they find each other – Aristotle and Dante the former a self doubting silent guy the latter an expressive fair skinned swimmer We experience the story from Ari’s perspective from the first time he met Dante at his local swimming pool I’d never really been very close to other people I was pretty much a loner I’d played basketball and baseball and done the Cub Scout thing tried the Boy Scout thing – but I always kept my distance from the other boys I never felt like I was a part of their worldThroughout the book Aristotle and Dante are exposed and layered continually growing complex but also becoming bare Their coming of age story is shown beautifully What seems like a simple story about friendship is a simple story about friendship but there are profound themes woven in and the uality of the characterization is simply breathtaking Dante a lover of poetry and a passionate crier reminded me of myself so much it hurt while every ounce of Aristotle’s emotions – his confusion his longing his hate – resonated with me I sometimes think that I don’t let myself know what I’m really thinking about That doesn’t make much sense but it makes sense to me I have this idea that the reason we have dreams is that we’re thinking about things we don’t know we’re thinking about – and those things well they sneak out of us in our dreams Maybe we’re like tires with too much air in them The air has to leak out That’s what dreams areBenjamin Alire Saenz has poetic prose There aren’t many compound sentences or large SAT words in this book but every word impacted me Sometimes the shortest sentence flooded me with feeling Every description of Dante’s laugh every time the boys would call each other weird every moment they spent together – it felt like I was there experiencing their friendship and their bondHave you ever heard that saying if there’s a book you want to read but it’s not published write it yourself? I won’t stop writing but Saenz has accomplished that for me here Saenz dedicates this book “to all the boys who’ve had to learn to play by different rules” As a homosexual Asian American living in Virginia I’ve had to learn to play by the rules of my parents my society and most importantly myself Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe will speak to Mexican Americans homosexuals tom girls book nerds loners etc Essentially it will appeal to everyone who’s ever felt different who’s ever felt like they weren’t sure of who they were Highly recommended for all

  2. Emily May Emily May says:

    I have been saving this book Just waiting for the right moment for us to come together and love one another And this book is fine I guess It's okay But I really don't see the magic that prompted so many five star ratings and literary awards It's weird because I was sure we were meant for each other A Printz Honor book featuring a gay romance between two uirky characters one of whom is a rough guy who gets into fights and has a complicated relationship with his father; the other being a sweet and sensitive boy who loves his poetry Throw in some philosophical musings and a generous helping of poetic teen angst and you should be serving up a new favourite of mine right?Apparently notI love deep complex and emotional contemporary YA that reminds me why I still read books aimed at teens But you know I just didn't find this book as deep and meaningful as it was obviously trying to be There were some intriguing passages thrown in that were clearly meant to tickle our inner emos like “The problem with my life was that it was someone else’s idea” And “I wondered what it was we were laughing about Was it just our names? Were we laughing because we were relieved? Were we happy? Laughter was another one of life’s mysteries” But it all felt like a good old example of trying too hard The characters of Aristotle and Dante are two very different individuals who form an instant connection and go on to become close friends but they never seemed like anything but caricatures of angsty teens with the pretentious poetry reading and freuent philosophical phrases that made me cringe The dialogue was particularly unrealistic There are some writers who can pull off floaty poetic speech between their characters and then there are those who fail to sound than fake overdone and scripted In my opinion this book was in the latter category However I feel this way about John Green and everyone seems to love him too so it's hardly surprising that I once again find myself in the minorityNot only does the constant waxing poetic feel a bit off but the rest of the time we're treated to a choppy fragmented narrative that gave me flashbacks to The Perks of Being a Wallflower For example “When I got home I sat on my front porchI watched the sun setI felt alone but not in a bad way I really liked being alone Maybe I liked it too much Maybe my father was like that tooI thought of Dante and wondered about him” I think I get what this book was trying to do and I also get what many people probably thought it was doing but I can point you towards authors who do a similar kind of thing and make it seem less cheesy and far real and meaningful ASKing Melina Marchetta Matthew uick and Sara Zarr to name but a few When compared to the works of those authors these characters and this writing just pale in comparison In my opinion anywayBlog | Leafmarks | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

  3. Rick Riordan Rick Riordan says:

    YA realistic fictionThis book has won so many awards I could barely see the cover under all the stickers After reading it I understood why it gets so much praise Sáenz tells the story of two young men Aristotle “Ari” Mendoza and Dante uintana growing up in El Paso Texas during the 1980s We follow their lives from age fifteen to seventeen watching their relationship slowly grow change and strengthen Told from Ari’s point of view the novel is crafted in short lyrical chapters The prose sings The dialogue is pitch perfect The story is uiet and gentle but it pulls the reader through the narrative beautifullyAri has loving parents though his father silently bears the traumas of the Vietnam War keeping him distant from his son Ari’s sisters are a generation older making him feel like the family mascot rather than an eual sibling Most troubling of all the family has erased all traces of Ari’s older brother whom he barely remembers who went to prison for a violent crime Ari longs to know and feels betrayed by his parents’ silence Overall Ari feels like his life “is a story written by someone else” a sentiment I suspect many teens can relate toAri has no real friends nor does he want any but in the summer of his fifteen year he meets Dante at the swimming pool and Dante offers to teach him how to swim They bond initially over their unusual names but soon they are spending the bulk of their time together We follow them through funny episodes horrific accidents and tragic losses watching their awkward and tentative friendship turn into the sort of bond that will challenge what Ari believes about himself and his capacity for loveI won’t give away the ending but I kept thinking about it long after I finished the book It didn’t end the way I expected it to perhaps because of my own point of view and life experience but I now see it ended the only way it could as Ari learns how to reject the story others have written for him and write his life himself This would be a great book club choice to spur discussions about identity and acceptance Highly recommended I found this book thanks to the website ueer Books for Teens

  4. Ariel Ariel says:

    This book was so so beautiful In actuality it doesn't have a plot Not a main story or event that the characters center around It's about a boy It's a story about a boy who is sad and angry and can't figure out why It's about him trying to love himself and others It's about the teenage condition and mentality Let's talk about why I loved it Mainly I loved the mood and tone It made me feel mellow and warm I liked that it was slow paced that it felt like real life with small but important events happening I actually really liked Aristotle the main character even though he's kind of a jerk But the thing is he doesn't want to be a jerk I loved the relationships especially with his best friend Dante It was real friendship not false or easy I loved the emphasis on family And the ending was beautiful So beautiful I really related to the main character his struggles of culture and feeling lonely and regretting growing up And when I didn't relate to him I still empathized I just wanted to hug Aristotle I didn't realize how much I loved this book until it ended I flew through it so uickly that I didn't realize how beautiful it was how happy it made me feel This is absolutely a new favourite I can't wait to reread it

  5. Whitney Atkinson Whitney Atkinson says:

    I'M NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING

  6. Kai Kai says:

    “The summer sun was not meant for boys like me Boys like me belonged to the rain”I've heard so many good things about this novel and seen it all over Tumblr I wanted to read this so badly which is why I finally finally got my hands on a copy and started reading right away I also finished reading it right awayMy thoughtsWell first of all I love the way I can identify with Ari and Dante but especially with Ari Sometimes his stubbornness got on my nerves and I wanted to shake him and tell him that he should just go and love Dante But on the other hand everything just felt so realWhich leads me to my second point about how I kept on reading and nodding my head smiling about how true some statements and feelings pictured in the novel felt The thing is Sáenz does not try to be philosophical and poetic He doesn't have toThird you can see how Ari grows In the beginning he is a 15 year old boy he talks like a 15 year old boy he thinks like one But as he grows older he learns and experiences things especially through Dante he changes I just want to state that this novel is a perfect example of character developmentWhat bothered me just a little is the ending Yes it's happy and lovely and that's what I wished for but I had the feeling that everything went too fast Particularly the revelations about the pastAnd also I am kind of angry Why whywhywhy couldn't we read about their happy ever after? I mean I've been waiting for this the whole time and now I don't even get two whole pages of AriDante as a couple Not fair I want need a seuelRereadI'm still very much in love with this book There may have been something in my eyes they got a little tearyUpdateWe're getting a seuel Someone must have heard my prayersFind of my books on Instagram

  7. Cristina Monica Cristina Monica says:

    Oh gosh my feelings are all over the place It started in a very captivating way I liked the narrator Aristotle nicknamed Ari is a calm fifteen year old boy who prefers being aloneHe doesn’t feel comfortable being around people his age but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a recluse Everyone things he’s sad and lonely but really he doesn’t mind itAnd then he meets Dante Dante who made him see the world differently Gosh how much I loved that character Everything about him made me think of an angel a sweet sweet angel I wish the world was filled with people like Dante because this world would have been a much lovelier placeThis is really a coming of age YA novel Even though it’s shelved as LGBT which IS true and shelved it myself as it too there is a good part of this story where it doesn’t feel that way It’s mostly about friendship family trust loyalty and being honest to ourselves and who we truly are Then comes the LGBT part and romance as well I have to say that I throughout the story craved to see some romantic affection between Ari and Dante There aren’t many scenes at all that show some because Ari isn’t gayOr is he?I kept wondering while reading and felt like I knew right inside me the answer except that I never could have been one hundred percent sure Gladly we do get an answer Actually every answer I could have had regarding events characters and scenes were answered and that is a big plus to the bookThe writing at first didn’t uite work for me to be honest It’s a very simple style The kind I could write myself without any problem EXCEPT we could actually feel as if it were really Ari’s writing and that is an exceptional thing and very a witty way of writing a story when I think of it I do admit that sometimes I really wished we had Dante’s POV just to know how he thinks and what’s in his mind Wait I do know what or who should I say he’s always thinking of I just think at least one scene would have been so spectacular to have narrated by himIt’s weird because Ari has sisters and a brother but we never actually really got to meet them or get to know those sisters I don’t even remember his sisters’ names if the narrator even told us their names in the first place Shame because I really wanted to get to know themI’m so glad this story includes an animal being the animal lover that I am I feel like they usually bring a nice atmosphere inside a story and this one a dog sure didAlso you need to know that this is a sad story I mean sure there are many cute and happy moments but drama usually follows Plus with that kind of atmosphere how could I have held back my tears? Do I recommend this book? Like air

  8. Claudia Ramírez Claudia Ramírez says:

    I'M CRYING THIS BOOK WAS BEAUTIFUL

  9. NReads NReads says:

    Here's to Sam for being the coolest dad of the universe

  10. Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥ Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥ says:

    ”Why do we smile? Why do we laugh? Why do we feel alone? Why are we sad and confused? Why do we read poetry? Why do we cry when we see a painting? Why is there a riot in the heart when we love? Why do we feel shame? What is that thing in the pit of your stomach called desire?”I think I rarely read an introduction to a book that touched me as much as this one did It were exactly uestions like that I asked myself when I was a young and confused teen I was always serious than the other kids and there were things they just didn’t understand When I was seventeen life was tough for me at least tough than for other people my age I asked myself uestions they wouldn’t ask themselves for decades and I had to ask those uestions because life and my personal experiences kind of forced me to Just like Ari I was thinking about so many things wondering about my place in this world Why did some things have to end? Why did others start? Why did my heart hurt so much? Gosh I really wish I would have had this book in my teens because it definitely would have made me feel better “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” certainly is a book that’s important and needed It’s one of those reads that is able to change you to help you and I really really wish I would have had it back then XD It captured the problems of adolescence so damn well and because of that it’s easily become one of my all time favourites ”Sometimes I think my father has all these scars On his heart In his head All over”The problem about those scars is that no one can see them and most people don’t even bother to try to understand I loved that Ari truly wanted to know what his father felt and that he wanted him to tell him about his feelings and thoughts But just like Ari and basically everyone else on this world his father was a creature of his experiences and his environment The war he had fought had changed him and the experience with his eldest son had shaped him as well It’s never easy to talk about things that are so close to our heart but Ari’s father made an effort and I think that counts for something ”You were looking for me” he saidI looked at him“In your dream You were looking for me”“I’m always looking for you” I whispered ”I got to thinking that poems were like people Some people you got right off the bat Some people you just didn’t get – and never would get”I guess in some way this sentence explains a lot about the book There were people Ari didn’t understand and there were people who understood him pretty well but couldn’t seem to be able to convey it For instance his parents and Dante Dante understood him than anyone else and I think in some way he might have even hated him for it At least at the beginning of the book The time passed the less he saw him as a threat It’s just that Dante always asked the right uestions he is honest and very outspoken and therefore the complete opposite of Ari who always keeps his feelings and words to himself While Dante admits that he loves Ari and this pretty early on in the book Ari isn’t only unable to accept his own feelings but also incapable to voice them properly He’s overwhelmed and he feels helpless So basically just like any other teen right? lol ”I love swimming” he said again He was uiet for a little while And then he said “I love swimming – and you”I didn’t say anything “Swimming and you Ari Those are the things I love the most”And even though Ari tells him not to voice those thoughts it’s still obvious that he feels the same way about Dante as well Call me crazy but in some way this was really beautiful to watch XD I mean we have a boy who knows exactly what he wants and we have a boy who uestions everything and doesn’t even know who he is Still there’s no doubt Ari loves Dante too because even though he can’t admit it his thoughts speak their own language ”And it seemed to me that Dante’s face was a map of the world A world without any darkness Wow a world without darkness How beautiful was that?”Despite all this it was still amazing to see that their friendship was able to survive every blow of fate that was thrown their way I just loved their dynamic and the fact that they knew each other inside out Their friendship was #friendshipgoals and it were always those little to some people rather insignificant moments which touched me the most and automatically warmed my heart ”How many burgers did you flip to buy the book?”“That’s a very Dante uestion” I said“That’s a very Ari answer” he saidAnd then we started laughing and couldn’t stopAlso can I say how much I loved the way Ari described his relationship to his mother? Those two had me close to tears often than once and I just adored the way they spoke with each other how open and extremely honest they were Ari’s and Dante’s moms definitely are #momgoals and I strive to become an awesome mother like that too 3 ”I could feel my mom listening to me She was always there I hated her for that And loved her” ”And I knew that there was something about me that Mrs uintana saw and loved And even though I felt it was a beautiful thing I also felt it was a weight Not that she meant it to be a weight But love was always something heavy for me Something I had to carry”All told I really loved this book and I can recommend it to every teenager who feels lost and alone “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” is a wonderful and exceptionally beautiful read It’s full of poetry and the important uestions of life it’s a journey with a beginning and an end and it’s so damn relatable that you can’t help but fall in love with it I’m sure young and old will enjoy it and I hope everyone who reads it will discover the secrets of the universe as well Sometimes the journey is everything that truly matters ; Pview spoilerThe ending was sooo beautiful 333 sobs ”All this time I had been trying to figure out the secrets of the universe the secrets of my own body of my own heart All of the answers had always been so close and yet I had always fought them without even knowing it From the minute I’d met Dante I had fallen in love with him I just didn’t let myself know it think it feel it My father was right And it was true what my mother said We all fight our own private wars” hide spoiler

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