Sunday, 1 November 2015

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz

When I first heard of this book, I was a bit cautious with it because I thought the title implied it being a middle-school read which I wouldn't enjoy as much. However, I heard and read so many good reviews on it that I changed my mind about it, and decided to buy it. Here's what I thought about it.

First of all, let me please tell you that if you are thinking that maybe you'd like to read it, don't rely on the back-cover insight to the story. It's pretty poor, and it will make you think of it as a boring on, which is not.

It is about two 15-year-old boys, Ari and Dante, who don't really have many friends, and find each other at the town's swimming pool. From that moment on, they become really good friends, and you'll start knowing more about the two of them as the story goes on - as will them, really.
It might not seem very interesting in these words (I don't want to spoil anything), but it is a beautiful story about friendship, and love, and finding oneself. It's mainly that - the simplicity of telling a story just as it is, what I think makes it so beautiful and appealing. You will find very strong characters, and you will live their development at the same time they do, which is pretty amazing.

I gave it a 4.5 out of 5 stars (4 stars on Goodreads), and I definitely can say that I really enjoyed this book. The half point that it didn't earn is because at the beginning, though they were not necessarily boring, the chapters didn't really catch my attention. Maybe it was because the author did not treat the two boys as teenagers, but rather as little kids. I did not find their conversations and they way they spoke to be of an adolescent's. However, that got better as I flipped the pages because the characters grew up. Regardless, I find that to be a flaw, which I didn't like much. Let me know I you got the same feeling when you read the book!

As an end note, I have to say I let a tear or two drop down my cheeks at the end... That's always a good thing! Give it a try and see for yourself ;)

Happy reading!

wonderful literature.

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