Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe
Benjamin Alire Saenz
Rating: four stars
I am probably the last person on earth to read this book. I did want to read it when it came out but I’m always cautious of overhyped books a bit like Carry On. So I waited for the hype to die down and read diverse reviews before finally reading it. And oh my! This book deserved all the hype it got!
I know everyone knows about the plot but I’m still going to describe it a little. It is the story of a teenage boy, Aristotle, who is going through the hardship of growing up. Ari is quite the loner and has several issues. He meets Dante another teenager and both start to share an unlikely friendship.
The great force of this book was the characters; each of them had a very distinct personality and they were all very interesting. Ari and Dante’s friendship is unveiling in front of our eyes (and developing into something more) and we see how hard/easy it is to trust a friend when you’re a loner. It also impacts on their family and leads to some harsh truth being said.
I am not going to dwell too much on the plot because I think it’s a book you have to discover on your own but I will say that it is not as light hearted as the blurb announces it. It is one of the best YA book I’ve read so far, it had a lot of feels and themes that are interesting. Usually these themes are not well dealt with in YA novels because the stories tend to focus on the relationship between the two main characters and they blur everything happening in the background. But here we have no plot holes (which is always frustrating).
Overall it is a beautiful book that anyone should read!