Monday, March 4, 2013

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

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Good Reads Summary
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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.

My Thoughts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

beautiful even with all the sad that's in it.
or is it beautiful because of the same?

it's sad,
he's sad,
in fact, most everyone in this is...

with all those questions, and then more of those feelings? it's one of those books that slowed me down, i'd normally go through something like this quickly (it isn't such a thick book, right?) but all those feels had me slowing down; a fact that has me coming away from this with a clearer picture of both boys and their families.

aristotle, at first there was this disconnect from me to him, the same way perhaps he had this disconnection with everyone else. he's simply so matter a fact... bit by bit though, we see more: brave kid, funny kid, wiseass but just a kid after all. a kid who loves his mom, doesn't know his dad and feels like he doesn't fit in. 'feels like' hmph... he actually is different and it's a difference that's made even more obvious as you see him and dante. 

because dante? he's brave too, he's out there... and them together? their's is an easy connection initially, but instead of becoming an easier one, things get complicated.

it's these complications have more of the real coming out. so that we see they may be different, but they're the same too: just kids, both unsure, sometimes afraid then other times brave.

there's that lovely the difference between them, that's almost  complimentary. where one asks, the other listens, and where one is brave, the other is trying to be. how could i not love them? not so little mysteries of why his not dead brother is never mentioned then the biggest one of all of  who they are for each other.

plus, i didn't think i was going to cry.
i did. 

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