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

Haiku Review:

Aristotle and
Dante. Their names alone make
up half a haiku.

Okay, so that's not really a haiku review, but I couldn't help it! Their names really are almost half the haiku! There are a lot of syllables!

Onto the real review.

Ari is a loner. He doesn't mind, he's often so plagued with self doubt and worry and anger that he's better off alone, or so he thinks. The summer he turns fifteen, he decides he wants to learn to swim. Enter Dante. Dante hates wearing shoes, he has really supportive parents, and he's almost as much of a loner as Ari.

They start spending a lot of time together, learning about one another. They learn about their heritage (both are of at least partial Mexican descent), about the world around them, and about their sexuality.

It's a beautifully written book. I listened to it on audio it captivated me from page one. I'm not sure what else to say about it, it doesn't have a wild plot or adventure to the brim. But it's good and interesting and different. They're the kind of characters that you miss when you finish their story.

Recommended for anyone in 9th grade and up.

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