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June 02, 2015

Book Club Book Review #11 - Aristotle and Dante Discover the secrets ofthe Universe

Hi guys! First of all thanks for all the love on yesterday's post. You guys are the best.

A little over a year ago, Kari tweeted that she wanted to start a book club, and I responded to that tweet. This month marked 12 months since we started it. Yeah, its mainly been the two of us all along but its been so much fun choosing books with her, chatting with her and writing reviews on the blog. Thanks to all who participated over the year. A year has passed and we learned a lot of what works and what does not work. So next month there will be a relaunch of this book club making it bigger and better than before. But more on that later in the post - Im such a tease.

For now we review the last book of the year. It's book #11 because we skipped one month.

Aristotle and Dante

Benjamin Alire Saenz

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

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.

Oh guys, I'm glad we ended off the year with a book that in my opinion is 5 stars. I never really give 5 stars but this one deserved it. In fact, Im not always the biggest fan of YA novels, of which this is one, because many of them are straddle the edge of the "cheesy" cliff. This one was in no way cheesy however and I genuinely wish everyone would read this book. It gives me hope for future generations and makes me think that if the world were as tender and sweet as the world in this book, it would be a better place.

This sweet story is one of two friends, Ari and Dante, who meet during the summer they are fifteen. The story is narrated by Ari and the reader is taken on a journey through his eyes. It’s a story of their sweet friendship – which the author does a good job of portraying – and when that friendship turns into something more, a romantic relationship in fact, I found myself rooting for them both. Some may say the romantic relationship is the whole key that ties this book together, and while it was sweet in the way it was developed, it was the friendship and the characters that made me fall in with this novel.

Just a tiny bit about the story without giving away too much, Ari is a loner and a bit of a sad character whose family secrets and life kept him jaded and secluded, while Dante playful, fun and seemingly the complete opposite. Dante brought the novel to life for me, he gave it its heartbeat. The author however takes the reader on a journey so that we find out that they weren’t so different after all. Together they push and pull from each other and learn from each other. Ari, the angry loner learns to let go of some of his anger and Dante the more playful one, gets more wise by the novel’s end. The relationship that ensues between them, one that took Ari almost the entirety of the novel to embrace seemed natural, real and so sweet.

I loved every single character in the book and I also really appreciated that the author didn’t just focus on the friendship between the two boys but that their was focus on families, values, differences, relationships and how they all shape a young adult. I would definitely recommend. No doubt.

“I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone's hand.”

“The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.”

“I renamed myself Ari. If I switched the letter, my name was Air. I thought it might be a great thing to be the air. I could be something and nothing at the same time…”

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Earlier I say that the Book Club will be relaunched next month but bigger and better that before and we want you to participate!! Next month we will be announcing a new (and exciting) co-host that I love, a new name and button, a summer book challenge, twitter chats and lots more. I hope you join us!!! To say thank you for the year, we have decided to giveaway this book which was one of our favourite books from the year and another special surprise - Ill announce the surprise in another post, but you can enter starting today. 

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  1. That's so great that you have had this going for a year! I love reading your reviews.

  2. Book clubs are so fun! I just joined one last month. We all meet in a cafe, swap books and chat about it. It's just so amazing to connect book lovers! And this book sounds fantastic, is this contest open internationally?

  3. Looks like an awesome book! I will be putting it on my list! I would do the contest but I'd rather someone else got the chance!

  4. Yay! This is on my list of books to read. I'm glad you liked it.

  5. biggest smile! I can't believe I didn't get around to reading this book, whoops!!! Glad to hear you liked it though, I am reading it this weekend without a doubt!

  6. The names are so powerful in this book! With such a high review I need to check it out! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  7. This sounds like my kind of book and will be adding it to my to-read list. Can't wait to see the new button and co-host!

  8. The fact that you gave this 5 stars, definitely makes me want to go out and purchase this book. I love a good book that can allow me to dream. Thanks for posting this girl. I need a good traveling book.

    Kia / The House of KTS

  9. Ok I have GOT to get with this book club. This book sounds awesome, def adding it to my summer reading list!

  10. Ohhh this sounds like an awesome book!!! I will have to add it to my list. When do you announce the next book for the book club?

  11. Great. I'll check out your book club. I started a summer challenge of my own yesterday too. Great minds and all that 😀

    1. YAY!!! Ill join up your summer challenge too! The more the merrier!

  12. Wow you two are so committed! I have got to get back on the reading train (and fitness train, and blog train...) asap! Thanks for an as-always review. If it's a fiver star-er, I'll have to check it out for sure! ;)

  13. I'm glad you posted this because my coworker mentioned this book to me a couple of months ago and it sounded interesting, but I never wrote down the title. And then of course I forgot it. I'm running off to put it on my list right now!

  14. This sounds like a great book I'll have to add it to my list. Look forward to the details on the revamped Book Club.

  15. Sounds really interesting!!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  16. wow this book sounds so awesome! and i hope to participate in the book club. i love reading but can be a little slow haha.

  17. wow, a whole year doing this book club thing?? congrats, that's awesome!! when you restart it, no promises but I may try to join in on it! :)


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