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{Read Epub} õ Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe õ 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. i really thought this was going to be a slam dunk of a book all those prestigious awards and recognitions, a gay coming of age story that got the coveted dana stamp of approval, that cover.and it is not a bad book, not by a long shot i definitely enjoyed reading it it just doesn t transcend its YA status like so many YA books do this is an excellent book for its audience, but for me, it doesn t have that crossover appeal that so many recent YA titles have had it gets points for featuring an untraditional LGBT protagonist a young mexican american boy with few social attachments, dealing with his distant war haunted father, his much older, clucking sisters, the figurative ghost of his brother, about whom no one has spoken since he was incarcerated, and his own inability to make emotional connections, or even feel much of anything except a simmering, inarticulate rage his mother is very loving and supportive, but ari lacks a true male role model figure, since his father is shuttered in a cage of his memories of vietnam and drifts through ari s life without being any kind of real presence ari has always felt apart, particularly from the world of boys and their interests I d never really been very close to other people I was pretty much a loner I d played basketball and baseball and done the Cub Scout thing, tried the Boy Scout thing but I always kept my distance from the other boys I never felt like I was a part of their world.his is not a case of being a bookish, indoor kid who doesn t relate to the rough and tumble world of normal boys he likes to fight and drink and he wants a truck and a dog he has just never felt comfortable in the company of boys until he meets dante.dante is definitely one of the indoor boys he is sensitive, he reads poetry and draws, he is emotional and frequently cries, and asks probing and highly personal questions with his deeply inquisitive mind he is also mexican american, but has only a tenuous relationship to his cultural heritage, and this discomfort affects him deeply, even though he is very self assured in other aspects of his character.for some reason, the two boys find something in each other that just clicks, and they become inseparable over the course of a summer the novel traces their relationship and their various insecurities and their growing attachment to each other from ari s perspective, as he struggles with his identity and his inability to recognize what it is that he wants out of life.and that is gripe number one view spoiler ari never comes out, in the traditional sense no, he is sat down by his mother and father who basically inform him that he is gay and in love with dante which, for someone so closed off emotionally, makes a little bit of sense, but is very clumsy narratively speaking it takes away the opportunity for character growth, basically, and the revelation lacks any impact it could have had if ari had come to that conclusion himself it s a little uncomfortable, actually what teenager likes being told what to do by their parents, let alone being told to whom or to what gender they are attracted and since this takes place in 1987 with a mexican american family, it seems way progressive than should be expected while i very much appreciate the novelty of ari as a gay protagonist , the not every gay male is emotional or theatrical or even, frankly, likable, i think it would have been a stronger scene if he had discovered this about himself, instead of just being coaxed into it hide spoiler 3 STEPS TO BECOME ME, THOMAS 1 Obtain a copy of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.2 Read the book.3 Fall in love Fall in love with the writing, the characters, everything Read past midnight, read in school, read everywhere and all the time Slam the book shut and whisper scream oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh At the end of the book, allow a single tear to run down your right cheek and say a silent prayer of thanks for the fact that you are able to read at all.Perhaps I m making this book seem dramatic than it actually is It s not dramatic at all, in the typical sense There are no overtly sentimental Nicholas Sparks plot twists, no super sexy erotica Fifty Shades of Grey style, not even an ardent declaration of love via Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice This book is about two Mexican American teens trying to find their way in the world, but before they do that, they find each other Aristotle and Dante, the former a self doubting silent guy, the latter an expressive, fair skinned swimmer We experience the story from Ari s perspective, from the first time he met Dante at his local swimming pool I d never really been very close to other people I was pretty much a loner I d played basketball and baseball and done the Cub Scout thing, tried the Boy Scout thing but I always kept my distance from the other boys I never felt like I was a part of their world.Throughout the book, Aristotle and Dante are exposed and layered, continually growing complex but also becoming bare Their coming of age story is shown beautifully What seems like a simple story about friendship is a simple story about friendship, but there are profound themes woven in and the quality of the characterization is simply breathtaking Dante, a lover of poetry and a passionate crier, reminded me of myself so much it hurt, while every ounce of Aristotle s emotions his confusion, his longing, his hate resonated with me I sometimes think that I don t let myself know what I m really thinking about That doesn t make much sense but it makes sense to me I have this idea that the reason we have dreams is that we re thinking about things we don t know we re thinking about and those things, well, they sneak out of us in our dreams Maybe we re like tires with too much air in them The air has to leak out That s what dreams are.Benjamin Alire Saenz has poetic prose There aren t many compound sentences or large SAT words in this book, but every word impacted me Sometimes the shortest sentence flooded me with feeling Every description of Dante s laugh, every time the boys would call each other weird, every moment they spent together it felt like I was there, experiencing their friendship and their bond.Have you ever heard that saying, if there s a book you want to read but it s not published, write it yourself I won t stop writing, but Saenz has accomplished that for me here Saenz dedicates this book to all the boys who ve had to learn to play by different rules As a homosexual Asian American living in Virginia, I ve had to learn to play by the rules of my parents, my society, and most importantly, myself Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe will speak to Mexican Americans, homosexuals, tom girls, book nerds, loners, etc Essentially, it will appeal to everyone who s ever felt different, who s ever felt like they weren t sure of who they were Highly recommended for all. YA realistic fiction.This book has won so many awards I could barely see the cover under all the stickers After reading it, I understood why it gets so much praise S enz tells the story of two young men, Aristotle Ari Mendoza and Dante Quintana growing up in El Paso, Texas during the 1980s We follow their lives from age fifteen to seventeen, watching their relationship slowly grow, change and strengthen Told from Ari s point of view, the novel is crafted in short, lyrical chapters The prose sings The dialogue is pitch perfect The story is quiet and gentle, but it pulls the reader through the narrative beautifully.Ari has loving parents, though his father silently bears the traumas of the Vietnam War, keeping him distant from his son Ari s sisters are a generation older, making him feel like the family mascot rather than an equal sibling Most troubling of all, the family has erased all traces of Ari s older brother, whom he barely remembers, who went to prison for a violent crime Ari longs to know and feels betrayed by his parents silence Overall, Ari feels like his life is a story written by someone else, a sentiment I suspect many teens can relate to.Ari has no real friends, nor does he want any, but in the summer of his fifteen year he meets Dante at the swimming pool, and Dante offers to teach him how to swim They bond initially over their unusual names, but soon they are spending the bulk of their time together We follow them through funny episodes, horrific accidents and tragic losses, watching their awkward and tentative friendship turn into the sort of bond that will challenge what Ari believes about himself and his capacity for love.I won t give away the ending, but I kept thinking about it long after I finished the book It didn t end the way I expected it to, perhaps because of my own point of view and life experience, but I now see it ended the only way it could, as Ari learns how to reject the story others have written for him and write his life himself This would be a great book club choice to spur discussions about identity and acceptance Highly recommended I found this book thanks to the website Queer Books for Teens This book was so so beautiful.In actuality, it doesn t have a plot Not a main story or event that the characters center around It s about a boy It s a story about a boy who is sad and angry and can t figure out why It s about him trying to love himself and others It s about the teenage condition and mentality.Let s talk about why I loved it Mainly, I loved the mood and tone It made me feel mellow and warm I liked that it was slow paced, that it felt like real life with small but important events happening I actually really liked Aristotle, the main character, even though he s kind of a jerk But the thing is he doesn t want to be a jerk I loved the relationships, especially with his best friend, Dante It was real friendship, not false or easy I loved the emphasis on family And the ending was beautiful So beautiful I really related to the main character, his struggles of culture and feeling lonely and regretting growing up And when I didn t relate to him I still empathized I just wanted to hug Aristotle.I didn t realize how much I loved this book until it ended I flew through it so quickly that I didn t realize how beautiful it was, how happy it made me feel This is absolutely a new favourite I can t wait to reread it.