Monday, December 5, 2016

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

My rating: 3.5

A coming of age, love story between two quirky boys. Ari (Aritstotle) is a young Mexican-American boy with few social attachments, dealing with his distant war-haunted father, his parents who refuse to talk about why his older brother is in jail and other secrets. Dante is a wise cracking boy with loving parents who has a unique perspective on the world.  When Dante & Ari meet at the local swimming pool, they gradually discover they have more in common than just being loners.

 I think listening to this on audio helped negate the "cheeziness" that others complained about as it came across more poetic. I struggled with how to rate this as I enjoyed so much of this book (especially the portrayal of the parents and the capturing of 'family') but the main characters vascillated between feeling too mature or too immature and the inconsistency was a bit irritating. All in all, I did enjoy it.

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