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

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Highlights

  • Now a major motion picture starring Max Pelayo, Reese Gonzales, and Eva Longoria!
  • Lambda Literary Awards (Children/Young Adult) 2013 1st Winner, Michael L. Printz Award (Young Adult) 2013 3rd Winner
  • 12 Years
  • 8.3" x 5.6" Hardcover
  • 368 Pages
  • Young Adult Fiction, LGBT
  • Series Name: Aristotle and Dante

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About the Book



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 they meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the two loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special kind of friendship--the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime.



Book Synopsis



Now a major motion picture starring Max Pelayo, Reese Gonzales, and Eva Longoria!
A Time Best YA Book of All Time (2021)

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

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.



Review Quotes




* "A tender, honest exploration of identity and sexuality, and a passionate reminder that love--whether romantic or familial--should be open, free, and without shame."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "Authentic teen and Latino dialogue should make it a popular choice."--School Library Journal, starred review

* "Meticulous pacing and finely nuanced characters underpin the author's gift for affecting prose that illuminates the struggles within relationships."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Ari's first-person narrative--poetic, philosophical, honest--skillfully develops the relationship between the two boys from friendship to romance."--The Horn Book

"I'm absolutely blown away. This is Saenz's best work by far...It's a beautiful story, so beautifully told and so psychologically acute! Both Ari and Dante are simply great characters who will live on in my memory. Everything about the book is absolutely pitch perfect...It's already my favorite book of the year!"--Michael Cart, Booklist columnist and YALSA past president

"Primarily a character- and relationship-driven novel, written with patient and lyrical prose that explores the boys' emotional lives with butterfly-wing delicacy."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Sáenz has written the greater love story, for his is the story of loving one's self, of love between parents and children, and of the love that builds communities, in addition to the deepening love between two friends."--VOYA

"Sáenz is a master at capturing the conversation of teens with each other and with the adults in their lives."--Library Media Connection, Recommended

"Sáenz writes toward the end of the novel that "to be careful with people and words was a rare and beautiful thing." And that's exactly what Sáenz does--he treats his characters carefully, giving them space and time to find their place in the world, and to find each other...those struggling with their own sexuality may find it to be a thought-provoking read."--Booklist

"This book took my breath away. What gorgeous writing, and what a story! I loved both these boys. And their parents! Don't we all wish we had parents like theirs? The ending - and the way it unfolded - was so satisfying. I could go on and on...suffice it to say I will be highly recommending it to one and all. I'm sure I'll reread it myself at some point. I hated having it end."--James Howe, Author of Addie on the Inside

"Benjamin Alire Saenz is a writer with a sidewinder punch. Spare sentences connect resonant moments, and then he knocks you down with emotional truth. The story of Ari and Dante's friendship widens and twists like a river, revealing truths about how hard love is, how family supports us, and how painfully deep you have to go to uncover an authentic self."--Judy Blundell, National Book Award-winning author of What I Saw and How I Lied



About the Author



Benjamin Alire Sáenz is an author of poetry and prose for adults and teens. He was the first Hispanic winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and a recipient of the American Book Award for his books for adults. He is the author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, which was a Printz Honor Book, the Stonewall Award winner, the Pura Belpré Award winner, the Lambda Literary Award winner, and a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, and its sequel, Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World. His first novel for teens, Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, was an ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His second book for teens, He Forgot to Say Goodbye, won the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, the Southwest Book Award, and was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. He lives in El Paso, Texas.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.3 Inches (H) x 5.6 Inches (W) x 1.4 Inches (D)
Weight: .95 Pounds
Suggested Age: 12 Years
Number of Pages: 368
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Sub-Genre: LGBT
Series Title: Aristotle and Dante
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Language: English
Street Date: February 21, 2012
TCIN: 13862812
UPC: 9781442408920
Item Number (DPCI): 247-07-0598
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship weight: 0.95 pounds
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4.9 out of 5 stars with 22 reviews
100% would recommend
4 recommendations

Great Novel

5 out of 5 stars
Farfalle - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
Really enjoyed this book. The characters are well written and the imagery within the author's writing style is incredibly lovely. Excited to read the sequel!
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Quick to read, quick to scoop you up

5 out of 5 stars
Queen - 3 years ago
I bought this book because the cover drew me in. I didn't even read what it's about, I just had a good feeling when I grabbed it. Boy, am I glad I did! What a nice story of friendship and love.
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love

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
eva - 3 years ago
this is the cutest book i have ever read
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5 out of 5 stars
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Kim - 7 years ago, Verified purchaser
I bought this book for my teen daughter. She really enjoys it.
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Great Book

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Lucky24 - 8 years ago
The book came in very good condition. The story is so good that makes you want to read again and again. This is one of my favorite books!
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This book was amazing.

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Book Reader - 10 years ago
I suppose I should review the book that I received from Target.com, and I will say that it was in good condition and everything, but the content of this book is the thing that made me love it. Aristotle is one of the most interesting narrators that I have ever read. He's introspective and inscrutable and utterly unique in the world of young adult. He has a Hemmingway-esque way of describing scenes, letting the reader see the scene unfold without commentary. There are entire chapters entirely in dialogue. Not even a "he said." The book begins the summer of his fifteenth year, when he looks out to another lonely year. But Ari isn't the typical narrator. He's a fighter. He has anger. He's alone but likes being alone. Mostly. He isn't the most reliable narrator, but he tells the story of his summer and the years following after he meets his first and best friend, Dante. This story is gentle and jarring in turns. So easy to follow, so grounded in truth and reality. I would reread this story all the time. I loved it.
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