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Author Sáenz, Benjamin Alire.

Title Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe / Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2012]
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 95th Street Young Adult Fiction  YA SAENZ    AVAILABLE
 95th Street Young Adult Fiction  YA SAENZ    AVAILABLE
 Naper Blvd. Young Adult Fiction  YA SAENZ    IN TRANSIT
 Nichols Young Adult Fiction  YA SAENZ    DUE 07-23-20
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Description 359 pages ; 22 cm
Summary Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.
Subject Bildungsromans.
Families -- Fiction.
Mexican Americans -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Homosexuality -- Fiction.
Genre Young adult fiction.
ISBN 9781442408920 (hardcover)
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SRP 2012 X
August 21 2012
SRP 2012 REVIEW: I loved the voice of this book. You really get into Ari's head and hear his inner voice, and how much deeper he is than his inarticulate, gruff outer shell. The other characters also really come alive in this story, and you can feel them developing like irl people. I read it all almost in one sitting, entirely absorbed. The book tells the coming-of-age tale (I guess you could describe it that way) of Aristotle--Ari for short--as he struggles to come to terms with himself, his family, and his friend Dante. Yeah, the plot might seem unoriginal and "someone's already told this" kind of thing, but it's not. There's a twist to it, but I won't say because I don't want to spoil the surprise. I suppose the only things I wasn't so sure of in this novel were two things: the setting, and the ending. The novel is set in the year 1987, but I felt that the novel seemed too modern for the most part, as if the story were being told closer to the present day, but that could just be me. And I also thought the ending....well, I think it could have worked multiple ways. Don't get me wrong, the ending wasn't bad, it was just unexpected. Maybe I just didn't see the clues, or the protagonist didn't see the ending coming either, so the reader knew about as much as he did. However, I also believe that endings are one of the hardest parts of a story to write, if not THE hardest, so I'm cheering on the author for this chance to whet his writing skills further in his next novel!
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