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

I heard about this book from a book tuber on YouTube, sadly I don’t remember which one. Anyway, the title of the book got me hooked, and I just had to have it.
Let’s start off with the cover. I love it, it’s glossy, blue and has Aristotle’s truck on it. The cover itself could be one of the secrets of the universe. It’s one of those covers that makes you buy the book, regardless of whether you’re going to read it or not.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

The story is told from Aristotle Mendoza’s perspective. Aristotle, or Ari is a Mexican boy living in the USA. He has two older sister and an older brother who is in prison. He father is used to be in the army and is now a mailman, and his mother is a teacher. The whole internal conflict with Ari is that he is a recluse but he is plagued with questions about a brother he hardly remembers and his parents refuse to speak of. And then there’s his dad who is still scarred from the war in Vietnam and never opens up about it. Then there’s Dante. Dante who saves sparrows and cries for the littlest things. Dante with the cool parents. Dante who Ari saves from getting run over by a car. I’ll admit the car thing is a bit Bollywood.

This novel has a lot of dialogue and very little description. I find this to be quite common in the romance genre, probably because there isn’t really much to describe. So there’s a fair amount of lovey-dovey sappiness, but I find it somehow works for the book. I’d say that if Nicholas Sparks wrote gay romance novels, this is what he’d write. I had higher expectations for this book. It didn’t really disappoint but it didn’t impress either. If you like romance, it wouldn’t hurt to give it a read.

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