Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseBook - 2012
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 Library Staff
MARCH 2 - Aristotle and Dante couldn't be more different--Ari is from a lower income background with an older brother in prison, and completely angry at the world. Dante, the precociously intelligent son of two professors, seems to like poetry more than people. When the two meet, they become unli... Read More »
LPL_MeredithW Aug 13, 2016
If you like the beautiful writing, contemplative tone, and 1980's setting of this YA novel...
Highly Quotable + Heartache + Happy Ending: Readers will find many elegant and profound quotes to feature in fan art inspired by Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Aliré Saenz.
But the appeal doesn't end there; Ari and Dante are smart, articulate teens like t... Read More »
There's a reason this was on the 2012 Printz Honor, Pura Belpré, and Stonewall Honor list. It's a moving story with plenty of quotable lines.
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All I did was smile at him. He'd told me something about himself. I was happy
"Scars. A sign that you had been hurt. A sign thst you had been healed."
"And me, I always felt that I didn't belong anywhere. I didn't even belong in my own body - especially in my own body. I was changing into someone I didn't know. The change hurt but I didn't know why it hurt. And nothing about my own emotions made any sense."
To be careful with people and with words was a rare and beautiful thing.
I had a rule that it was better to be bored by yourself than to be bored with someone else. I pretty much lived by that rule. Maybe that's why I didn't have any friends.
I didn't understand how you could live in a mean world and not have any of that meanness rub off on you. How could a guy live without meanness?
See, the thing about guys is that I didn't really care to be around them. I mean, guys really made me uncomfortable. I don't know why, not exactly. I just, I don't know, I just didn't belong. I think it embarrassed the hell out of me that I was a guy. And it really depressed me that there was the distinct possibility that I was going to grow up and be like one of those assholes.
Man loneliness was much bigger than boy loneliness.
I renamed myself Ari.
If I switched the letter, my name was Air.
I thought it might be a great thing to be the air.
I could be something and nothing at the same time. I could be necessary and also invisible. Everyone would need me and no one would be able to see me.
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Through their friendship, Dante and Ari find the courage to become who they really are.
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