Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Narrator: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Published: February 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Synopsis: 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.
As I was heading home from BEA I realized I needed a new audiobook to keep me company. I looked through my planned reads for the month (themed months remember) and then my hold on this audiobook from the library popped up in my email I knew that it was decided. I had seen that Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe was narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda and I knew that I had to listen to it. And I'm so glad I did. Not only did he perfectly capture the characters and tone of the story but what a beautiful and moving story.
But so much worked so well. Usually when I love a book I can go on and on about how wonderful it is but for Aristotle and Dante I feel like I can't even put into words how brilliant it was. There is a lot of talk lately about diverse books in YA and this is without a doubt one of the best I have ever read. It handles ideas of race, sexual identity, and socio-economic status with care making an interesting and provocative story that will stick with you long after you have finished reading. It's a quick read and worth every page.
I give Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 9.5 out of 10 stars
Buy/Borrow/Bypass: BUY! An absolutely beautiful and brilliant story. I know so many people who love this book and I completely understand why. The writing is lyrical and engaging, the plot is interesting and complex, and the characters are likable and well-rounded. It is one of the best contemporary novels I have ever read. I loved it!
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