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

aristotle-and-dante-discover-the-secrets-of-the-9781442408937_lg Series: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (book 1)

Genre: LGBT (m/m), YA, Romance

Rating: 4/5 stars

Cover: Isn’t it beautiful?! But I would love it more if those ‘buttons’ weren’t on it.

Links: goodreads, publisher

Trigger warnings: none

Description: 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.

Review: Not your usual YA.

The writing is rather clipped and sometimes the chapters are so very short… but somehow it fits? It really grew on me, too.

I didn’t need any time to like both main characters, though. They are just… they’re true somehow? Like, they are young adults. So often in YA the characters act like 35 year olds, but Aristotle and Dante are just some kids, really. Kids with childish behaviour at times and most of all young adult-ish problems. Finding yourself is a big theme in this book and it is nicely done.


1 reply

  1. This was the first queer YA book I read and I’m so glad I started with this one. I’m not a super maternal person, but Ari and Dante bring out those instincts in me haha. I just want them to be safe and happy.


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