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

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When I first acquired this title, I thought it has one of the best covers I’ve seen in a while and the title itself is screaming “Good Book!” “Read Me!” “Now!” but I didn’t exactly read it right away. It actually took me over three months before I finally decided to give it a go. I was able to finish it in one reading and I’m duly impressed on how detailed and rich the story was. How deluded am I to have not read this sooner? This coming of age narrative about young Mexican-American teenagers Aristotle Mendoza and Dante Quintana tackles so many things that even adults alike doesn’t seem to understand. Those secrets of the universe became Ari and Dante’s emotional battlefields that they have to go through to realize something out of ‘em. I loved how this book reminded me of one of my favorite books “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry due to its stirring and lyrical rendition of the story. You know that feeling when you’re trying to decipher something by simply reading the lyrics of a song but when you hear its melody, that’s when it would make sense. Aristotle and Dante…. is like that. It is a book that brings hope, acceptance, forgiveness, love – such a joy for us readers to try to discover the secrets of our own universe…

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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2 responses to “Book Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

  1. aguywithoutboxers

    Thanks for this enticing review. I’ll check it out. Too late for my “summer reading,” it looks like one for one of my “holiday” list to-reads during the academic year. Much love and naked hugs! 🙂

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