Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Review


About: Aristotle and Dante Discovered the Secrets of the Universe is a fiction novel written by Benjamin Alire Saenz. This book was published on 2/21/2012 by Simon & Schuster Books, 359 pages. The genres are young adult, contemporary, GLBT, romance, and fiction. This author writes poems and many other books. He has a Ph.D from Standford University. His books and poems won many awards. This book is the only one out of his collections of books that more people are interested in, based on the ratings on Goodreads.


My Experience: I started reading Aristotle and Dante Discovered the Secrets of the Universe on 8/15/16 and finished it on 8/18/16. This book is a hilarious read. I find myself smile, giggle, laugh out loud, burst out laughing, and other forms of laughter that got caught by surprise. Other times, I find myself shed a tear, a tissue is needed since I couldn’t hold it in, and just happy tears. This is a book that should be read by all middle school and high school kids. It deals with teen insecurities growing up, changing from a kid to an adult. Even though the first person point of view is a boy, girls can definitely relate when reading this book. We all grow up and we all have plenty of questions. I like the family dynamic, very positive and loving. I like Ari, his thoughts, easy going personality, and sharp tongue. As a matter of fact, it seems like all of the characters in this book are witty, well, maybe except his dad. I like witty and fun characters and this book has it all. Dante is sweet, would be nice to read some of his point of views. He and his shoes are too funny. The easy conversation that they have just put a smile on your face as you read this book. The whole story flow well. I highly recommend this book. It’s a fun read. The author portraits the young teens very well, putting them in positions to ask questions where we all ask them as we grow. The writing is perfect and easy to read.


Pro: positive family dynamic, friendship, page turner, couldn’t put down kind of read, lots of laugh, love, stages of life

Con: how lucky is it to be witty and meet others that are as witty as you.. coincidences..

I rate it 5 stars!

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***Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from my local public library and my opinions are honest.

Have you read it yet? Did you like it?


22 thoughts on “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Review

  1. Nyse says:

    I haven’t read this book, but it seems like it’s a very good read. I personally love books such as this one, though I haven’t read them in a good while now. It reminds me a little of Wonder from R.J Palacio, I’ve wonder if you’ve read it before?

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  2. Jessica @ Pore Over the Pages says:

    I love funny books; in my opinion, they are much better than books that make me cry. This sounds like a great coming of age story that deal with common teenage issues. I’m so glad you mentioned the positive family dynamic. I think that parents and family in general are underrepresented in MG and YA. Great review and happy reading!

    Jessica @ Pore Over the Pages

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