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    5 stars

    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe tells the story of a young teenage boy named Aristotle, beginning in the summer between his sophomore and junior year of high school. Ari doesn't feel like he has any friends, and he always seems to be angry, yet he doesn't understand why. One day he meets Dante, a boy with a personality that is the complete antithesis of Ari's. Dante is happy and easygoing, he cares deeply about animals, and he is able to make friends everywhere he goes. We follow these two boys through the next year of their life, through happiness and sadness and injury and heartache. Typically I am really not a fan of contemporary novels, but I am so glad that I finally picked up this book. It is a book that celebrates and embraces diversity wonderfully. Benjamin Alire Sáenz has a beautiful, lyrical writing style that made all of the characters seem to jump off the page. The cast of characters felt so real, like normal teenage boys dealing with normal teenage boy worries, while their parents were trying to help them navigate through their teenage years. Something very unique and wonderful about this book is the presence and involvement of the boys' parents in their lives. Healthy family units are very rarely seen in young adult literature, and it was so refreshing to see both of these boys interacting with parents who genuinely cared about what was happening in their sons' lives. These families were not perfect, cookie-cutter households by any means, however. But that is what made their presence so special - the families had problems but they dealt with them together and supported each other. I am so used to reading about teens dealing with their problems all alone due to the absence of any kind of parental figure. Or, if an adult character is present, they are often portrayed as completely useless and not helpful to the teens at all. It was so nice to see parents that actually played a large role in the progression of the story. As we travel through this book with Ari and Dante, we learn lessons about acceptance and about love - familial love, love of oneself, and romantic love. Even though I would say one of the main themes of the book is love, it is not romance driven as most contemporary works are. This is not a love story - it is a story of love. If you have read this book, you will know what I mean by that. It is so much more than your typical love story. The boys must learn how to love and accept the problems of their families, their Mexican heritage, and the sexuality of themselves and others. I could not be happier that I decided to pick this book up and give it a try. If you are looking for a book to get you into the contemporary genre that isn't romance driven, this is it. If you are looking for a book that discusses diversity in the most wonderful way, this is it. If you are looking for a book that will make you laugh and cry and will warm your heart, this is it. This book had me crying tears of joy by the end because it was such a heartwarming and wonderful experience. Go give it a try! And Mr. Sáenz, wherever you are, please write more books because I will read them all!
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    I need a sequel to this.

    I can't even explain how good this book is. It's almost like poetry. It's beautiful... the words, the characters, and even the angst. I think I might have fallen in love with Ari and Dante.
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    One of my favourite books

    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is one of my favourite books of all time. It's truly beautiful book that needs to be read by everyone.
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    A heartwarming and lovely LGBT story

    When I first bought this book, I didn't know what to expect. On first impact, I thought the name of the book was kind of weird. But once I read the first few chapters I fell in love with the characters. If you're an LGBT youth, like me, this book is definitely for you. It's such a heartwarming and nice story of two boys discovering themselves. It thread together so well and I believe that this book will be one of my favorites. Definitely worth the read.
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    Must read !

    This book is just so beautifully written. Really touched my heart deep within with love and emotion. Very nice.
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