Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (audiobook)
by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Ari is a young man when he meets Dante, who offers to teach him to swim. Both boys are somewhat lonely, isolated from society in a way. They quickly form a close friendship. Their personalities are different, but they compliment each other. This is a coming of age story, and it is broken up into several parts. It would be hard to give too much detail without giving the story away.
What I liked about this book was the topic. It’s not that I particularly enjoy stories about young men or women coming out or discovering their identity, but I enjoy stories about people whom I cannot relate to. I really think people should read books about characters nothing like them, just to broaden their horizons. I think exposure to new topics will help to build compassion and empathy for others’ situations. I am not gay, so I will never understand what it is like for someone to learn to be comfortable with him or herself.
What I didn’t like about this book was the violence. It hurt my soul to read about Dante being beaten because of his sexuality.
Book 59 of 40 (40 Book Challenge)