Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz
So you know how I’m always moaning about how I can never find any LGBT fiction that is satisfying and about more than someone being gay? Well, guys, the search is officially over, I have found the book, it is beautiful and heart breaking and basically perfection.
I’ve wanted to read this book from the moment it started winning awards back last year, I finally found a copy and oh my good God, why did I wait so long?
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
It’s a bit of a weird thing to say, but this is a quiet novel, it reflected the personality of the narrator perfectly. Ari is the kind of kid who is happy with silence and his own company. But he’s also angry at just about everything, including his best mate Dante, who is by far the biggest ray of sunshine that I have ever come across in a novel.
This is different from any LGBT fiction I’ve read before, its rare enough to come across decent LGBT fiction, let alone fiction about POC. Everything about this book was perfect, the setting, the characters, the narration, the prose, every single thing. And that is a rare gift indeed. Benjamin Alire Saenz, you deserve every award you’ve been given for this book and more.