Aristotles og Dante opdager universets hemmeligheder
Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Published in English: 2012
Dansk titel: Aristotles og Dante opdager universets hemmeligheder
Dansk udgivelsesår: 2018
Finished Reading: June 2018
Genre: LGBT, Romance & Fantasy
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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.
Before reading this, I read that the Author of this book decided to quit it after the first chapter and I felt terrified beginning it, had a feeling it would be bad, not worth my time so on. Boy was I wrong!
It was a very emotional book. I could feel its authenticity through the words and the characters it was so heartfelt. The language is easy to understand and can be read by anyone; any gender any age. Depending on your age it will mean different things, it is a rare treat given by the author. Some of the things happening in the book might be obvious to the elder people reading it, whilst the younger audience might relate to the actions of the characters.
Usually when reading a book it contains many characters, which is not important for the story to progress, usually used to highlight the main characters giving them more personality. Nevertheless, these protagonists being the parents of the main characters are well done! They might as well have their own books written.
The themes in this book are easily determined. It is a coming of age book. It`s about finding out about yourself, who you are and who you want to become. We follow the two main characters over a stretch of time making the progress of their evolvement more understandable. How they react in certain situations and how that reaction led them to discover a part of them, which wasn`t clear to begin with. It´s interesting and worth a read for sure. Some might put it back on the shelf not thinking too much about the book whilst others might think back remembering all the good emotions it brings forth.
I tend to read books based on the themes. It`s categorized as an LGBT – but I think it lacks in that department which isn`t necessarily a bad thing. I like the subtleties it works for this book.
After reading this I don´t think I`ve got anything bad to say. Nothing comes to mind. It was a good reading experience. Took me about a day to finish it – and about half a day to stop fangirling over the ending. I´ve heard rumors it will get a sequel now that will be interesting to see how that turns out.