Thursday, January 28, 2016
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Review
This Prinz Honor Book is a "tender, honest exploration of identity" (Publishers Weekly) that distills lyrical truths about family and friendship.
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 extremely good. It wasn't at all what I expected and the be honest I thought the book, based and its title, was going to be a pretty happy go lucky book. Nope, so far into the book Aristotle gets his legs ran over and shit started to happen.
Aristotle was so much more relate able to me personally. Having to be the perfect child and feeling so angry at the world is something that I feel often: more often then some people would admit out loud to others. He also found a way to find his own happiness, and even had let go of some of the anger that was pretty much haunting him at the beginning of the book.
Dante on the other hand, personality wise, reminded me a lot of my best friend. The both looked at the world in such hope, and don't let others bring them down. He also had this nice person vibe about him, that made him almost exactly like her.
I was pleased about how the author decided to end the book, along with their relationships stand point. Aristotle finally sorted out his feelings and Dante finally figured out what the hell was going on with Ari at the end of the book.
4 out of 5 stars