Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Paperback Book

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Paperback

4 out of 5 (23 ratings)


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 they meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common.

But as the two loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special kind of friendship--the kind of friendship that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through their friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves--and about the kind of people they want to be.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages, f-c cvr (no spfx)
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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  • Category: Fiction & true stories
  • ISBN: 9781442408937

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A charming story of two boys coming to terms with timeless questions of friendship

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I love the voice of Ari, the narrator, in this novel. He is a mix of humor, depression, confusion, fear, denial, bravery, and love. It is truly a coming of age story documenting his life from 15 to 17. It is about friendship, self-discovery, and acceptance of who you are. When I first read it, I didn't really like the end because I thought it was too neatly wrapped up. Yet, I do understand the value of the book even if it isn't one of my favorites.

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Two Mexican-American boys and their struggle towards adulthood and self-identity, and ultimately towards love.

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This book had me on my toes until the very last page. I wasn't sure if this book was about a very strong friendship with different perspectives, or if it was about a developing romance between two young men. I enjoyed the development of the text, as it continued to infer clues but not certainty. I am not sure if my school would allow this book to be read in my class. It would be something that would have to be brought to my principal before implementation.

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Aristotle and Dante are enough dissimilar that their friendship is unlikely. But they do become friends and through their friendship they both learn about themselves, their families, love, and sexuality. I had a little trouble getting into this one (the style, with long sections of dialogue with no gesture or action supporting it, isn't my favorite), but I'm really glad I stuck with it. Just as important to the book as Ari's relationship with Dante is his relationship with his parents. Over the course of the book, Ari, his mom, and his dad begin to understand each other as people rather than as "parents" and "child," and the way they learn to be honest with each other about each other and themselves in the end is such a wonderful little bit of writing that I want to wrap myself up in it. May this book find every single teenaged kid who needs to read it.

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