Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, a beautifully written self discovery novel

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“As Dante was watching me search the sky through the lens of a telescope, he whispered, ‘Someday, I’m going to discover all of the secrets of the universe.'” And that’s exactly what he set out to do.

“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” is a novel that explores  the way two teenage boys deal with their lives, as  two mexican-american gay teenagers. Aristotle  is the angrier of the two boys. He has a brother in jail, a father that served in the vietnam war, and a family that doesn’t express their feelings.  Dantae is the more optimistic of the two. His father is an author, he’s an adventurous only child, and he has  a family that is very affectionate. During their friendship  Dante  and Aristotle are separated and they both began to explore doing things with different people, such as kissing. Both boys begin to kiss girls, but Dante goes a little further and explains to Aristotle  how he began to kiss boys, and likes it. Once the boys are reunited Dante finds the source of all his anger, it was that he was in love with Aristotle and didn’t know exactly how to handle it. Eventually both boys figure out their feelings for each other and continue to find out the secrets of the universe.

This book is so beautifully written. The only thing I wish was added to novel is a little bit of Dante’s  point of view. Since the novel is written in Aristotle’s  point of view it has a more angry/annoyed tone to it. Also, there’s not really a plot to the story. It’s similar to reading someone’s diary.  But, besides that, it’s a beautiful novel and other people seem to think so too.

“This book took my breath away. What gorgeous writing, and what a story! I loved both these boys. And their parents! Don’t we all wish we had parents like theirs? The ending – and the way it unfolded – was so satisfying. I could go on and on…suffice it to say I will be highly recommending it to one and all. I’m sure I’ll reread it myself at some point. I hated having it end,” says James Howe of barnesandnoble.com

Junior Amaya Mayo, also enjoyed this book. “I just think it’s a good book, and it would be a nice read for anyone. Especially if they’ve ever felt out of place or different in the world they live in because that’s what the book is partially about.”

I highly recommend this book. It has  the real feel of a teenage coming out story. Besides sexuality this book also tackles family issues, getting your first car, experimenting with drugs and alcohol, etc. All while being beautifully written. This book can be checked out in the school library, if you’re interested, get it while you can or you’ll regret it.

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