Monday, October 16, 2017
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
I listened to the audio version of this book because the narrator is Lin-Manuel Miranda and I figure that I will most likely never get to see Hamilton, and this is the closest I will get. He did a fabulous job reading the book and the book is totally excellent. The book begins when Aristotle, who goes by Ari, is fifteen years old. He has no friends because he is socially awkward. Ari is obsessed with the fact that his older brother is in prison, but his parents never talk about him at all. Ari is befriended by Dante, who teaches him how to swim and who is like no one that Ari has ever met before. Throughout the span of the book, over more than a year, Ari learns quite a bit about himself, about friendship and about his family. Several touchy issues are covered, including bullying, LGBTQ issues, PTSD and more. I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.