Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is the story of two vastly different boys searching for meaning through a valuable friendship. Ari is obsessed with dark thoughts of his older brother in prison and tends towards the melancholy side. Dante is intrigued by poetry, art, and philosophy and thinks deep thoughts about the world around him. When Ari and Dante meet for the first time they form an unbreakable bond and share everything together. As their friendship deepens they must each find their own truths and discover the power of true love.
This book is simply breathtaking. Saenz’s prose is stellar and moving and the characters leap from the page. It’s been a while since a book made me cry happy tears for the sheer beauty of the story, but this novel did just that. From the very beginning I fell in love not just with Dante and Ari (who are both amazing and wonderful characters) but also with their parents. They relationship each boy has with his family is moving and beautiful. The sheer love their parents have for them is evident in every movement and Saenz does a fantastic job of depicting that love on every page.
This is one of those novels that I connected with immediately, despite the fact that I am nothing like the characters in the book. There is a beauty and simplicity to the prose that grabbed me from the start and I was emotionally invested in the outcome of the characters. In the great moment of revelation in the story I was moved to tears. The sheer love in this story is inspiring.
I highly recommend Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe for readers of any age. I can’t say enough how much I loved this story.