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

Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Release Date:  April 9th 2013

Book Summary:

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.

I’m not exactly sure what I expected from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I had heard lots of great things about it, but it wasn’t a book I would typically pick up. I’m so glad I did. I enjoyed the store and the journey that Benjamin Alire Saenz takes you on with these two boys. I was also expecting it to be told from a duel perspective, bouncing back and for from Ari and Dante, but that wasn’t the case and I think I enjoyed it more because of it. This story felt realistic and emotional at times(although I had to remind myself that it was taking place in the past). The actions that took place and the thoughts and emotions the boys went through fit perfectly. I felt for them and their struggles. At times I would find myself yelling at Ari (in my head of course – not completely crazy) “when will you figure it out – the rest of us already know and are on board”.

Good read, thoroughly enjoyed it and I’ll be keeping an eye out for other books this author writes.


Rating: 3.5/5 – Good Book

Content: violence, talks of war, same sex kissing, talks of sexual activities, language throughout, underage drinking, drug use

Source: Library

This book can be purchased at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Chapters Indigo


  1. Sounds interesting not my genre I will look for it.

  2. I actually own this book and am looking forward to trying it. I am sorry it turned out to be merely okay for you :/ But I am still anxious to begin it!

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