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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe | Benjamin Alire Saenz
This Printz Honor Book is a tender, honest exploration of identity (Publishers Weekly) that distills lyrical truths about family and friendship.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 friendshipthe 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.
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A beautiful five star coming-of-age novel about two Mexican-American boys discovering their identity and sexuality in the 80's. Loved the stream-of-consciousness writing, the quotes, the way it portrayed people dealing with trauma differently, and the familial relationships.

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#alphabetgame #LetterA Post an “A” book you‘d recommend. Be sure to include the author! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks One of my favorites was the tagged book. I loved the sequel, too!! If you‘d like to play, consider yourself tagged!

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GingerAntics
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This was such a sweet story. I loved every second of it. I can‘t wait for the second book to come in from the library. Ari and Dante are the best!!!
#BenjaminAlireSaenz #AristotleAndDanteDiscoverTheSecretsOfTheUniverse #PrideMonth #LGBTQ

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SOOOOOOOO unnatural!!! I‘m with Dante. I don‘t like shoes either. I wear them when I have to, and they come off as soon as I can get away with it.
#BenjaminAlireSaenz #AristotleAndDanteDiscoverTheSecretsOfTheUniverse #PrideMonth #LGBTQ

julesG Same! 1mo
Hooked_on_books Totally agree! My feet are bare as often as possible! 1mo
batsy Yep. Shoes can be nice to look at but generally not a great place for feet to be in 😂 1mo
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kspenmoll I loved this book! 1mo
Kdgordon88 Agreed! 1mo
Branwen Same! 😁 1mo
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GingerAntics
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Another book I‘ve been waiting a long time to read with a hold that came in just in the nick of time. I didn‘t know Lin-Manuel Miranda read this one. I‘m even more excited for it now. I think I have just enough time left in Pride Month to get through this one. I won‘t have the second book for about 3 weeks, but that‘s okay. I think we need Pride all year round at this point.

GingerAntics Plus, how much happier would life be if there was a bright rainbow themed parade somewhere, in every country in the world, every weekend? Imagine the fun!!! #BenjaminAlireSaenz #AristotleAndDanteDiscoverTheSecretsOfTheUniverse #PrideMonth #LGBTQ (edited) 1mo
Branwen This book is FANTASTIC! 😍💕📚 1mo
GingerAntics @Branwen LOVED it!!! 1mo
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Reyzl
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One of those books that one reads without effort because the characters capture you on the first pages. A story filled with emotions, smiles, and tears, como la vida misma. Muchísimas gracias @Sharv_Sona for this unforgettable gift of a beautiful story along with your annotated feelings?

Sharv_Sona You are most welcome! Then again, no need to thank me, after all, it was a well deserved gift! ❤️ 2mo
Reyzl @Sharv_Sona thank you indeed, because it‘s the second book that you have gifted me and I‘ve loved them both💗 2mo
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Reyzl

“Mrs Quintana looked different. I don‘t know, it was like she was holding the sun inside her. I had never seen a woman look more beautiful.”

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“The problem with trying hard to not think about something was that you thought about it even more.”

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“You like teaching?”
“Yes”, she said.
“Even when your students don‘t care?” (…)
“No matter what, Ari, my job is to care.”

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Reyzl

“Someday, I‘m going to discover all the secrets of the universe.”
That made me smile. “What are you going to do with all those secrets, Dante?”
“I‘ll know what to do with them”, he said. “Maybe change the world.”

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Reyzl
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@Sharv_Sona Beautiful moment ✨

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Reyzl
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I have received an annotated book as a gift from an adorable student. It comes with a key. This is definitely one of the most thoughtful and loving gifts that I have ever received. Thank you so much, @Sharv_Sona ❤️

Sharv_Sona I‘m so happy that you like the gift as I was VERY insecure when the time came to give it to you! Now, I only hope you‘ll enjoy the book! 😊 2mo
Reyzl @Sharv_Sona I‘m loving it ❤️ 2mo
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This book pulled me right out of my reading slump which I immensely thank it for. I missed reading and I‘m glad that I came back to it with such a good book! This time I‘ve tried out annotating my book and it was so much fun! I think that this book was great, and I can‘t wait to read the sequel! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Reyzl I love that quote❤️ 2mo
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rugma.m
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~12 June 22~

I loved the book, the story, the pace, the characters..it was just a sweet read.. A sweet read..a sweet read..😉
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#lgbtq #finishedreading #books #secretsofuniverse #parenting #bibliophile

IMAGE- A paperback copy of Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the Universe with glasses kept on top of the book towards the bottom left corner on a pink and white bedsheet background.

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StellaDz
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This book is an absolute gem. It‘s so beyond wholesome and real. As adults, I think we lose the joy of simple things, and Saenz brought that back in this coming of age tale. The secrets of the universe are found everywhere, you just need to look. It‘s beautiful.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Sharv_Sona

The problem with my life was that it was someone else‘s idea.

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Currently putting 2 books on hold to read this one. I‘m desperately trying to get out of a reading slump and the two books I was trying to reading have done nothing for me. I‘m just hoping this one will work it‘s magic on me!

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CoffeeNBooks
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#BigJuneReadathon #PhotoChallenge #Secret I love this book, and I love Benjamin Alire Saenz!
@Clwojick

fredamans I love this book too! 2mo
Clwojick I still haven‘t read this one! 🫣 2mo
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StellaDz
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Somehow this went under my radar for LGBTQ reads, but a friend recommended it and I immediately bought it! Next up during Pride Month!

thereadingpal OH I LOVE this author 2mo
StellaDz @thereadingpal I‘m super excited to start it! I‘ve heard wonderful things! 2mo
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Branwen
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Pride Month: Day Five! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

These two books are super sweet and always make me feel so warm and happy when I think about them! 🥰 Taking place in the 80's, it features two very different high school boys who become friends and then fall in love. The pace of their relationship sets the mood for these books, which is very slow moving and beautiful -like watching a flower unfurl! 🌺

#catsoflitsy #chaplin #pridemonth #queerbooks #lgbtq

thereadingpal I really need to get the second book 📖 2mo
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thereadingpal
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#bookshelftour unfortunately my shelves are full of dust and I cannot clean them right now (i have s problem with my leg that makes it hard to stand) so here, a picture on the bed.

Who are your favorite authors? One of mine is sure Benjamin Alire Sáenz, whom I discovered with "Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe" :) I love his magical realism books as well, his style of writing, his stories.

PuddleJumper Is that David fun the Lost Boys? 2mo
thereadingpal @PuddleJumper yes I loved that movie x) 2mo
PuddleJumper @thereadingpal Amazing, didn't know you could get Funko of things like that. It is such a great film 2mo
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thereadingpal @PuddleJumper I'm not sure the other Boys were made as Funko's but yeah, you can! ☺️ And it's such a great movie, one of my faves 2mo
PuddleJumper @thereadingpal That's a shame! Marko as a Funko pop would be amazing 2mo
thereadingpal @PuddleJumper yes I LOVE Marko!!! 2mo
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rugma.m
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~5 June 22~

Q- What are u currently reading?

Am reading #AristotleandDantediscoverthesecretsoftheUniverse and almost halfway through it, I am loving the pace and the story so far..😊

#currentlyreading #books #bibliophile #pridemug #teatimereading

IMAGE- a lit bedside lamp, a small clock & slightly visible canvas painting in the background, a white pride themed mug on a peach color resin coaster with an open book and a bookmark on top.

thereadingpal I LOVE this author. Read most of his other books too 2mo
rugma.m @thereadingpal it is my first book by this author.. Would definitely try out his other works based on how this one turns out for me.. So far its going great😊 2mo
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rugma.m
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~4 June 22~

A candle to set the mood right..even better when its something you made yourself 😌

#booksandcandles #candlemaker #books #candle #junereads #nightreads #bibliophile #booklit

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rugma.m
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~2 June 22~
Words were different when they lived inside of you.

Hello Littens, starting my Litsy journey with this lovely quote.. Hope to have a simple and amazing experience here😊
Love from India 🇮🇳

#quote #Books #bibliophile #AristotleandDante

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BooksNBowls
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Beautiful coming-of-age story about family, friendship, acceptance, and identity. Beautiful prose and a tender love story! #lgbtq #YA #slowburn

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reading_rainbow
Pickpick

What a sweet and tender coming of age story. I can see why people love it. Quick read, will be sending it to my younger sibling 💌
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Book recommendation from my little cousin 💙🍦

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While there are aspects of this that feel a bit cliche, I enjoyed reading it. I clicked with Ari‘s thoughtful yet conflicted perspective. I love that the parents were a vital part of the story, that they were loving but imperfect. And the portrayal of a young person‘s coming to terms with their sexuality (and being concerned what parents will think/not admitting it to yourself) was honest. Once I got into it, I had trouble putting it down.

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“I was mostly invisible. I think I liked it that way.
And then Dante came along.”

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PuddleJumper
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Mehso-so

I think this book suffered from the hype around it because I went in expecting something amazing and found something mediocre

This isn't a bad book. Its not my kind of book, I found it stylistically challenging and the emo philosophizing was irritating.

I didn't connect with it in the way that I wanted to. I may return to it when I don't have covid as I may have more patience for it, I don't know. I'm disappointed

BkClubCare Sometimes, I want NOT to be excited for a book. It can really mess with enjoyment! 5mo
PuddleJumper @BkClubCare It really can and it's not the books fault! 5mo
BkClubCare @PuddleJumper - and, to me? This means that I need to be a bit more generous sometimes, that mood/time/space/magic can really play a part in that binary LIKE or NOT. #smiles 5mo
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PickettT
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Planned to take study breaks where I read which has quickly turned into reading breaks where I study. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Ast_Arslan
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Yesterday I finished the tagged book for #FabolousFebruary #readathon by @Andrew65

Such a nice and delicate story! I really liked it!

My goals:
1. Finish the tagged book ✔
2. Read Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe (by Benjamin Alire Sáenz) ✔
3. Read Bolla (by Pajtim Statovci)
4. Read Sisters (by Daisy Johnson)

Andrew65 Going well 👏👏👏 6mo
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peaknit
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Wonderful coming of age story read by the perfect narrator. And maybe the best part…there is another book about these two sweet, complicated boys.

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Ast_Arslan
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

💖 As I did not celebrate Valentine's day, I post the Greek Lovers bookmarks that my sister took for me in Greece 😂
💙 Tagged one that it will be a pick... or at least it seems to 😂
🖤 I'm grateful for the little unexpected moments of joy

@TheNeverendingTBR @Mavey @peanutnine @damselsgotballs wanna join?

damselsgotballs Thanks for the tag! ❤️ 6mo
Ast_Arslan @damselsgotballs you're welcome ❤ 6mo
peanutnine Thanks for the tag! I love those bookmarks! 6mo
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Ast_Arslan @peanutnine me too 🤩😂💙 6mo
Eggs Great bookmark 🔖 6mo
Ast_Arslan @Eggs thank you! 6mo
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Ast_Arslan
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133 pages left, but I really have to go to work soon 😅
Yesterday I was too tired to read after my shift, I really hope that today will be different 🤟🏻
Such a nice book! 🤟🏻

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TJAhearne
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This book is amazing and an interesting story about how to handle finding yourself. It‘s a great love story between families and teenagers and learning to know and talk to each other. It‘s a great YA novel.

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Ast_Arslan
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I'm finally reading this one! I'm already at part nr 2 🤩🤟🏻

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Mariasimon
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10/10. So amazing. So cute. I wish I had this book when I was in high school

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TJAhearne
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Starting a new book my students recommended. I‘m super excited even by the first page.

monalyisha Oh, I love this! I listened to it. It‘s read by Lin-Manuel Miranda. So good! 6mo
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Made this tangzhong half-whole-wheat bread yesterday while listening to Lin-Manuel Miranda narrating this great audiobook.

What celebrity-narrated audiobooks have you enjoyed?

DivineDiana This looks fantastic! 👏🏻 👩‍🍳👏🏻 Dan Stevens reading “The Angel‘s Game”. Superb! 6mo
Cathythoughts Yum yum yum 6mo
Simona 😋🤤Looks perfect and delicious! 6mo
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Juliev Loved Will (will Smith), Greenlights (Matthew mccoughnahey), The Storyteller (Dave Grohl) 6mo
bookishdawg A Man Called Ove, narrated by George Newbern & A Monster Calls, narrated by Jason Isaacs ❤️👍🏻 6mo
RealLifeReading @Cathythoughts I love bread 😄 6mo
RealLifeReading @Simona thank you 😊 6mo
RealLifeReading @Juliev oh I recently listened to Storyteller. What a great audiobook! 6mo
RealLifeReading @bookishdawg I already read A Monster Calls but Jason Isaacs?? definitely calls for a listen! 6mo
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Read4life
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Here‘s my #WeekendReading plan.

Andrew65 Loved The Making of Us. 6mo
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kspenmoll
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#12booksof2021 #10 #11

Two very different but best reads of October and November. Can‘t believe it took me so ling to get to Aristotle & Dante- such a beautiful lyrical coming of age & coming to terms with one‘s sexual orientation. The Thursday Murder Club- highly entertaining.

Crazeedi Thurs murder club is my doublespin this month!! Whoohoo!! 7mo
AmyG @Crazeedi It‘s my Bookspin. 👊🏻 7mo
Crazeedi @AmyG yay!! 7mo
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Nutmegnc Love me some Aristotle and Dante!!! 😍😍😍 7mo
sherrisilvera I listened to the audio of Aristotle and Dante read by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It was excellent! 7mo
Andrew65 Both great choices. 7mo
kspenmoll @sherrisilvera That must have wonderful narration!!! 7mo
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Ast_Arslan
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I'm in love with all my gift, the socks and the snowflake blanket are soft and warm 😍
I really can't wait to read the books and the comic 😍

Merry Christmas! 🎄❤

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AileenRR
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Re-listened and fell in love with these families all over again.

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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

This YA/coming of age/LGBT series-starter wasn‘t bad, but it didn‘t wow me (like it seems to for most people). Read my full review here https://debbybrauer.org/#aristotle-and-dante-discover-the-sec...

This is an impulse read for #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

#WrapItUpReadathon @keys_on_fire

keys_on_fire I always feel like I‘m missing something when a book that wins awards doesn‘t hit me the same way… 8mo
JoyBlue @keys_on_fire Same! I have a friend who felt meh about the book, too, but for completely different reasons than I. It was interesting to chat with him about that. He made some excellent points. 8mo
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Eva_B
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Mehso-so

I can see why teenagers love this book. For me, it was OK.

MrsMalaprop It‘s one of the first books I added to my Litsy #tbr. Still haven‘t gotten to it though. 8mo
Eva_B @MrsMalaprop Book 2 in the series has just been released. 8mo
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May112
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I already read it and it was so great! I rated it 5-stars and I was so excited to read the second series of this!:D

ozma.of.oz Welcome to Litsy!🎉🎉 9mo
May112 @ozma.of.oz

Thank you! It's my first time using it😍😍
9mo
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