By Elizabeth Wroten
Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz
On 18, Mar 2013 | In Review | By Elizabeth Wroten
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.
This was a rare book for me. I actually put it down after about 60 pages. I never do that. Especially with YA where I can usually say that I personally am not interested but can see a books merit for its intended audience. Aristotle and Dante was not one of those books for me, despite what the Printz Award committee might say.
Mostly I found the book to be incredibly boring with copious amounts of terse dialog that was hard to follow in a lot of places. The story and secondary characters seemed very implausible to me too. I also found the names of the characters to be incredibly pretentious and unlikely.