Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
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.
This book should get the prize for the most interesting title and the author should get a prize for the best character development of all time. A Young Adult novel so not aimed at me as the prime target audience but somehow, once again, he make sme relate very deeply to the main characters to which I have nothing in common. As with his book, Last night I sang to the monster, I related very deeply to a 15 to 17 year old boy with serious identity, confidence, and other issues.
A book that just kept me reading. I had kind of guessed the end but the author handled it rather beautifully and undramatically.
This author is now on my favourite authors list (if there was actually such a list other than in my mind!).
5 out of 5 from me.