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15 March 2013

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Saenz, Benjamin. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Simon and Schuster, 2012.

From Goodreads: "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 was a faster read than I expected, considering its size. I enjoyed hearing the story from Aristotle's perspective, although I think this book could also have worked with dual narration.

I'm hesitant to talk about the story, because I'm not sure how to describe it without giving away too much. Suffice it to say that this was a good book, in spite of the 1987 setting. Or perhaps because of it. I can definitely see why it's on the Printz and Stonewall lists this year.

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