Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe | Book Review

Hey everyone,

and welcome back. I finally read a book. Well, I am actually scheduling this post so by the time you read this I would have probably read another book or two. But after days and days of whining about my reading slump I finally picked up this book.
Book Review embellName – Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe

Author – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Publisher – Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

Publishing Date – 21 February, 2012

Genre – Young Adult Fiction, Bildungsroman

Length – 359 pages


Summary – Aristotle is an angry, fifteen years old teen with a brother in prison. Aristotle has no friends and likes to be left alone. But that was before he met Dante. Ari and Dante immediately develop a special bond as they try to discover all the secrets of the universe. However, they have to face various problems and struggles as they try to discover the secrets of the universe and most importantly, themselves.



It’s so hard to review this book because here’s the thing, this book is mainly a character driven book. There is no major plot. So I am not sure how I am supposed to talk about this book but I’ll try. So before starting this book I was super excited, mainly because I had not read a book in the longest time. When I started reading this I felt like I should not read it because I wasn’t in the mood. But I still decided to give it a go.

I feel that this book is more about discovering yourself rather than discovering the secrets of the Universe but I guess it’s the same thing. I love all of the characters in this book. The character development is spot on. I particularly loved Ari. I could see myself in Ari. What Ari was feeling, going through, it all was shown wonderfully.

Dante was also a wonderful character but I am not sure if I like him a lot. At certain places I found Dante confusing and a bit difficult to understand. He would do something but I would never understand why he did it.

But I LOVE Ari and Dante relationship. They’re so cute together. I love it when one of them says something the other repeats it. They’re seriously meant for each other.

I absolutely loved Ari and Dante’s parents. They are so freaking wonderful (even Ari’s Dad). They were so supportive and so sweet. And I loved how Dante’s parents loved Ari a lot and Ari’s parents loved Dante a lot. Like Family relationship goals. Family bonding and relationship was a major part of this book.

Another thing I absolutely love about this book is the author’s writing style. This book had so many wonderful lines/quotes/paragraphs which just touched my heart and were so beautiful that I had to tag them. Also if you are that kind of reader who uses post it notes to mark their favourite lines, then you might need to buy some extra. Like I had barely read page 20 and my post it notes were over.

The chapters in the books are short so it feels like you’re reading a lot more which is something I like, because I seriously don’t like long chapters.

The plot or the concept of this book was real. I am using the word real because I feel it describes the book perfectly. This book is real. Everything it contains is real. The feeling, the problems and the characters. I liked how the author portrayed that each and everyone us is fighting  war inside us. And how we look perfectly fine from the outside but are actually broken from the inside.Is it bad if I say that I wasn’t satisfied with the plot. I mean it was good, really good, but I don’t know, I was expecting something else. Maybe the cover misled me.

I wanted more of Gina and Susie. I felt that they were just there to fill the absence of Dante. At first I hated those two girls( especially Gina) but that after reading certain number of chapters, I realized that they were really keen on helping Ari. Because of which I need to know more about Susie and Gina’s past.

Here’s the thing, I actually did not enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. Like I started enjoying it very late. Mainly when we got to the part where we learn why Ari’s brother was arrested or why Ari’s father keeps to himself and doesn’t talk much. Also I have so many questions regarding the side characters which weren’t answered.


Almost everything but mainly –

≈ The characters

≈ The Family bonding or relationship

≈ The cover


Dislike is a really strong word for this book and the only problem I had with this book was –

≈ The plot could have been a bit better.


Story/Plot – 4.5/5

Writing Style – 5/5

Characters – 4.5/5

Pacing – 5/5


“I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.”


As Dante was watching me search the sky through the lens of a telescope, he whispered.”Someday, I’m going to discover all the secrets of the universe.”


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This book is all about exploring.  Exploring friendship, exploring sexuality, exploring the universe and most importantly exploring yourself. This book was a warm, wonderful and a great read. I didn’t want it to end. I want more. I want more Ari and Dante. And I know we’re getting a second book but I want it in my hands as soon as possible. Also I used Caps lock like a lot of times in this review, which is new for me. Also, this post is getting way longer than expected. So I hope you liked this review. Tell me in the comments whether or not you’ve read this book and I’ll see you next time.

Thanks for Reading***

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13 thoughts on “Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe | Book Review

  1. I loved it.I think I should read it too then.You are so magical into making me like this book knowing that I usually prefer crime and thriller genre.Well that’s what sets a writer apart,doesn’t it? And you are one awesome writer!Kudos to you.

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