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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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This Printz Honor Book is a “tender, honest exploration of identity” (Publishers Weekly) that distills lyrical truths about family and friendship.

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.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 19, 2011 – Fifteen-year-old Aristotle (Ari) has always felt lonely and distant from people until he meets Dante, a boy from another school who teaches him how to swim. As trust grows between the boys and they become friends (a first for Ari), Ari s world opens up while they discuss life, art, literature, and their Mexican-American roots. Additionally, the influence of Dante s warm, open family (they even have a no secrets rule) is shaping Ari s relationship with his parents, particularly in regard to a family secret; Ari has an older brother in prison, who no one ever mentions. In a poetic coming-of-age story written in concise first-person narrative, S enz (Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood) crystallizes significant turning points in the boys relationship, especially as Ari comes to understand that Dante s feelings for him extend beyond friendship. The story swells to a dramatic climax as Ari s loyalties are tested, and he confronts his most deeply buried fears and desires. It s a tender, honest exploration of identity and sexuality, and a passionate reminder that love whether romantic or familial should be open, free, and without shame. Ages 12 up.

Customer Reviews

No Shame

This book made me comfortable enough to come out publicly. This book showed me that there was no shame. This wonderfully, gorgeously written book, full of amazing themes of love, family, friends, race, sexuality, this book just amazes me, I've read it 3 times already. I wish I could personally thank the author for this beautiful book, but I guess for now this will have to do.

1980s Summers

Some of my favorite memories are of times and people I met in 1986. I met my best friend, fell in love with the man I would marry and have three beautiful children with and learned more about myself and who I wanted to be than any other year. The summers were always full of memories with my best friend and my boyfriend. Movies, band practice, sitting in the room listening to Duran Duran, U2, Michael Bolton, Europe and Depeche Mode. My summers were a lot like Ari's. I spent a lot of time in my head trying to figure out what I would become; who I would turn out to be.

I loved this book so much that I read it in one sitting on a lazy Sunday afternoon before the Memorial Day holiday. I kept telling my husband how much I loved it and how much it reminded me of our summers. I drank lots of coffee, rushed through restroom breaks and immersed myself in a world where two young men learned more about themselves in their transition from boys to men, friends to more than friends. This is a book I'm going to give to my kids to read and one everyone should devour, discuss and dissect. It's a book of the heart and we should always follow our hearts.

This book changed my life

I've been at war with myself for a very long time, and it has made me angry and hard. A part of me knew it and a part of me was completely oblivious to it. I downloaded this book yesterday and finished it only minutes ago. My eyes are wet with tears, but my heart feels much lighter. I have finally recognized the conflict within myself and feel like I am capable of dealing with it. For the first time in years, I am confident that I can be happy again. I may not be there yet, but I know I'll make it.

All I can say is this: read this book. It's impeccably written and the characters and emotions are so real that they leap off the page. I don't know if I'll ever feel love as strong as that in this book, but I finally feel like I have stepped out of my own way and am on the path to true happiness. I feel alive again.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
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  • $10.99
  • Level: Grades 7 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction
  • Published: Feb 21, 2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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