Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseBook - 2012
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(G) Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
JCLBeckyC Apr 29, 2019
This unconventional love story belongs on a list of novels with the best last lines. It leaves me smiling and completely satisfied. And wanting to star gaze in the desert in a 50s-era Chevy pickup.
JCLCaitlinT Aug 26, 2013
There were times I was tempted to stop reading the book, but I'm glad I stuck it out in the end. Very emotionally honest book. Very unique read. I would highly recommend this book to teenagers as well as people who work with teens, as it accurately captures what it feels like to be that age.
JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013
I’ve called a book “gorgeous” before in one of my reviews, but I don’t think I’ve ever called a book “beautiful.”
There’s something about the writing of Benjamin Alire Saenz that is beautiful.
There's an honesty to it. Even when characters are confused, deluded, repressed, and in deni... Read More »
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The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.
"Do you remember the summer of the rain...You must let everything fall that wants to fall. —Karen Fiser”
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.
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Through their friendship, Dante and Ari find the courage to become who they really are.
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