Okay, calm down. We all need to calm down for a bit. Over the weekend, the ever so lovely Mr. Saenz tweeted a photo of him with Henry Alberto – the guy who apparently got the nod from our beloved author into writing the screenplay of the award-winning Young Adult book, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I mean, screenplay. Like screenplay! Are we just months or years away from the very own movie of our dear Ari & Dante? Gosh! I was hoping for this for the longest time since I’ve read the book and I do know that eventually it’ll be translated into the big screen but having an acknowledgement that it would indeed be on the silver screen in the future is such a euphoric feeling!!!
Now, let’s just zoom past into the future as to who should be playing the main lead! If I were the casting director, it’d be awfully difficult for me to cast this once in a lifetime roles!!! Who are your Ari & Dante?
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