Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Book Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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

Rating: 5 stars 

This is a simple book. There is no specific plot. The writing is easy. There is nothing complicated about it. I know that this is why many people did not like the book, but I think that only when you can accept it's simplicity, can you see it's beauty. 

Aristotle is an angry teenager. He has so many thoughts about the world, and he cannot seem to find any of the answers. Dante sees more hope in the world, but still does not feel like he fits in. 

I became so attached to these characters and their story, and I would gladly read it a hundred times over. 

This is a story about family and true friendship, and accepting yourself and others for who they are and how they see the world. It flows like thoughts do - jumping from one to another, not always coming up with an answer. But as Ari learns, life does not always have a set path - you make of it what you can.

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--Helia

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