Jo’s 10 reasons why you should read ‘Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe’ by ‘Benjamin Alire Sáenz’

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“I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.” 
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Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Publication Date: February 21st 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 2 is coming in 2017/2018!

Genres: Young adult, Contemporary 

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Today I’m going to tell you peeps, 10 reasons why you should read the awesomeness called as ‘Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe’ by ‘Benjamin Alire Sáenz’ and be happy with life!
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1. The 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.
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Does it not sound so awesome! Before I pick up a book, I usually see the cover and read the summary. These two factors are super important in determining the fate of the book. Either I’ll put it back on the shelf(or press on the back button) or I’ll adopt it so that it can meet a loving and growing family of books that live in my bookshelf, peacefully.
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2. The cover and the title. Omigosh! you judge a book by it’s cover! You are so bad! 
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oh please! Everyone does that. If you say that you don’t, you’re either ‘too good for the world’ or lying. This book has a super gorgeous cover! The colors are so pretty! And the title is so enigmatic and mysterious, that you are curious that what all secrets will Ari and Dante discover.
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3. Aristotle is SO relatable. This is one of the best ‘coming of age‘ story I have read! Especially, Aristotle depicts teenage angst so perfectly. His confusion regarding his identity, his self and his family is so perfectly written by the author. His muddled up and  jumbled internal monologue is very understandable!
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4. LGBTQ+ theme and diversity. After reading tons of books with ‘white girls falling for white dudes’, this book is like a breath of fresh air. However I wish we could have got a little glimpse of Dante’s mindset when he discovered his sexuality. Also the characters of the book are Mexican Americans, scoring anther point with me.
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5. It’s so realistic. Family. Relationships. Internal monologue. Confusion. Teenage.
Author has infused a sense of realism in the elements of the book. I felt such a beautiful bond with the characters and the book, because everything felt so real!
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6. Parents are adorable. In young adult genre, parents are rarely given attention. IN majority of the cases, either they are negligent or dead, causing emotional trauma to the main character and shaping them into a strong person. BUT in this book, all the parents are supportive and adorable and caring! I love everyone so very much. Especially, Ari’s mother. i just fell in love with her.
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7.the story is so gorgeous! Its a beautiful and breath-taking story about a guy who is going through identity confusion during adolescence and is trying to figure about who he is and where he stand in this world. However it is much more than this.
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8. Perfect summer read. This book is perfect for summers. It is beautiful, light, relatable, warm, poetic and short.
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9. Ari and Dante are friendship​ goals.  I think I’m the only one who doesn’t ship them romantically. I love their friendship. They are very opposite to each other, yet very similar. (Both of them don’t watch TV)
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10. The ending. The ending is beautiful. Everything and everyone coming in terms with everything and everyone. Its just perfect! 

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“Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.” 

 

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