Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Book - 2012
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Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
Published: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781442408920
1442408928
9781442408937
Branch Call Number: YA SAE
Characteristics: 359 p. ;,22 cm.

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DBRL_TEEN Jun 25, 2015

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.


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mapko1981
Jul 15, 2017

Because I needed to cry on the bus.

Seriously though, I can't recommend this book highly enough. At first the short chapters annoyed me, but then I realized the whole book is written more like Ari's inner thoughts and I fell in love. The short chapters also make this a faster read somehow (I think it's because you tell yourself, eh I can read 4 more chapters before bed, they're short). The plot itself is adorable, and at times intense, but it never feels forced.

AL_JENNIEB May 08, 2017

A lyrical novel about identity, friendship and love in 1980s' El Paso, Texas. I fell in love with this book, and its oh so realistic teenagers, Ari and Dante.

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kwsmith
Mar 24, 2017

he writing is surprisingly sharp in this modern young-adult romance novel. I enjoyed the very realistic portrayal of the dreams and struggles of a fairly normal teenage boy who is slowly forming his own identity as a man. However, the two main characters and the entire romance didn't exactly resonate with me.

CMLReads_Kristin Feb 22, 2017

A sweet coming of age story with LGBTQ themes. If you want to listen to it, you're in for a treat: Lin Manuel Miranda does the reading!

PimaLib_RachelW Jan 12, 2017

I do not cry very often. But Ari and Dante's beautiful love story kept me laughing and left me crying. I loved the ways in which Benjamin Alire Saenz created complex and loving teenagers with tender and evolving relationships not only between each other, but with their parents. I recommend the audio version, narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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gray_ss
Dec 12, 2016

A beautiful book you can read in one sitting. And filled with themes identifiable for many teens.

Cynthia_N Nov 30, 2016

I was quickly pulled into this story and enjoyed every minute of it! Great characters!

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mariaarcorace
Sep 23, 2016

Audiobook is narrated by Lin Manuel Miranda. Fans of Rainbow Rowell may enjoy this book.

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Persassy
Sep 05, 2016

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simeonite
Aug 11, 2016

it was well written.

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paytonm20
Jul 08, 2015

All I did was smile at him. He'd told me something about himself. I was happy
Ari (pg.66)

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jump4ever
Aug 18, 2013

"Smiles are like that. They come and go."

Violet_Lion_31 Jul 03, 2013

"Scars. A sign that you had been hurt. A sign thst you had been healed."

Violet_Lion_31 Jul 03, 2013

"And me, I always felt that I didn't belong anywhere. I didn't even belong in my own body - especially in my own body. I was changing into someone I didn't know. The change hurt but I didn't know why it hurt. And nothing about my own emotions made any sense."

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

To be careful with people and with words was a rare and beautiful thing.

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

I had a rule that it was better to be bored by yourself than to be bored with someone else. I pretty much lived by that rule. Maybe that's why I didn't have any friends.

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

I didn't understand how you could live in a mean world and not have any of that meanness rub off on you. How could a guy live without meanness?

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

See, the thing about guys is that I didn't really care to be around them. I mean, guys really made me uncomfortable. I don't know why, not exactly. I just, I don't know, I just didn't belong. I think it embarrassed the hell out of me that I was a guy. And it really depressed me that there was the distinct possibility that I was going to grow up and be like one of those assholes.

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

Man loneliness was much bigger than boy loneliness.

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

I renamed myself Ari.

If I switched the letter, my name was Air.

I thought it might be a great thing to be the air.

I could be something and nothing at the same time. I could be necessary and also invisible. Everyone would need me and no one would be able to see me.

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olive_bird_01
Jul 22, 2015

Through their friendship, Dante and Ari find the courage to become who they really are.

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paytonm20
Jul 08, 2015

Ari doesn't know how to swim, but that doesn't stop him from going to the pool everyday. Thank god he does though cause this is where Dante enters, saying he can teach Ari how to swim. Soon there friendship starts turning into something Ari didn't think could happen.

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