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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a novel written by American Book Award Winner: Benjamin Alire Saenz. It tells the story of two Mexican-American teenage boys struggling to understand their families, each other, and most importantly, themselves. The story is set in the 1980s in America. Aristotle, an angry and confused teen, meets Dante, a boy who seems to be philosophical and bright but is decidedly just as confused. They bond immediately after meeting, and they soon form one of the most heartwarming friendships. Their relationship reveals itself to be truly one of a kind, as they struggle through the process of understanding themselves better.. The story details the moments that account for the gradual change of boy to man, including car accidents, muddled romantic encounters, and violent brawls.  The author writes in Aristotle’s point of view the entire time, which I thoroughly enjoyed, since it reveals the intricacies of his personality. Despite this, the reader is still never completely able to comprehend the complexity of Aristotle’s character, which is what makes him incredibly unique. A setback to this style of writing is that the reader is not able to analyze Dante in the same manner they would Aristotle, but I found this enchanting, since the reader is able to view Dante in the eyes of Aristotle. This is a story of family, friendship, and a difficult love, making it is a wonderful read for LGBTQA+ readers. Since it also contains quite a lot of profanity, it is more suitable mostly for young adults and older.

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