Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante - Le Book CornerSynopsis: 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 Aristotle and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Genre: Contemporary – Youn Adult – Romance


My thoughts: First, I can’t believe it took me this long to read Aristotle and Dante. Because this book has been recommended to me times and times again. And I can see why.

This novel is truly unique and if I had to describe it in one word I’d simply say “beautiful”. The characters are beautiful, the writing is beautiful, the story is beautiful. Aristotle and Dante is a coming of age story, a story about growing up and becoming your true self. I loved the characters, their relationships and how they evolved throughout the story. And not just Ari and Dante, but also their parents.

Aristotle and Dante was a very emotional read, not only because it got me emotional but because its main topic is emotions. And the author is very talented when it comes to describing emotions. In that way, this book was like nothing I had ever read before. And it really stands out compared to other contemporary books.

That being sad, sadly, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I expected, as much as I wanted to. Mostly I think the book suffered from the incredible hype around it. When something is this praised you expect a lot had it just can’t live up to it. It’s also worth noting that this was my first post-ACOWAR read and I might not have been in the best reading mood.

Finally, another element that stopped me from truly loving this book was the writing. As I’ve mentioned before, it was absolutely beautiful. But, it was also dense and different from what I’m used to when it comes to contemporary. This is not a bad thing, on the contrary, but it did take me a while to get used to it. Furthermore, the slow pace of the book disturbed me a bit, even though it was clearly intentional and made perfect sense for a character based book.

So yes, I had my issues with this book, but I, nevertheless, really liked Aristotle and Dante and highly recommend you give it a go.

My rating: 3.75/5


Enjoy your reads,

Gaëlle

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