Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
By: Benjamin A Sáenz
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pub date: 02/21/2012
Buy or borrow: buy
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 – Simon and Schuster
Aristole and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (ADDSotU) covered different facets of life, from a friendship between two young boys who on the outside seemed like an unlikely duo, to a family dealing with shame and regret in an unhealthy manner. Aristotle and Dante not only tried to discover the secrets of the universe but helped their families find a few of their own.
While reading ADDSotU, I found that the author treated each relationship with care. It was refreshing to read the fragile relationship between Aristotle and his father, the push and pull between Aristotle and his mother as well as how easy Dante welcomed Aristole into his life and family. I had no choice but to fall in love with both of the boys as they helped each other. I enjoyed this book so much because of the support each teen got from their family in every aspect of their life, even though each one showed it differently. ADDSotU reminds you that family is very important during the years when teens are still figuring out where they belong in this big world.
I also found that the writing was witty, simple and unrushed. Sáenz didn’t fill the pages with unnecessary details that wasn’t moving the plot along.
Aristole and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a self discovery book that would touch not only teens hoping to learn a thing or two about the secrets of the universe but adults could find some secrets worth discovering as well.
I’ll be posting my summer reading list. Let me know if you’ll be reading any books this summer.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Buy or Borrow : Buy
Sixteen year old Starr Carter shuffles between two different worlds. She is the poor black girl from the ghetto as well as the smart black girl at a fancy prep school in the surburbs. Her world carves in when she is the last witness the night she lost her best friend, Khalil at the hands of a police officer. As she tries to reconcile with what happened that night, the public wants to know what really happened and it’s up to Starr to decide if she wants to share her story and be ready to deal with the consequences.
One of the most RELEVANT and AUTHENTIC book I’ve read in a while! The Hate U Give (T.H.U.G) brings you into Starr’s world with superb writing as you follow her life after the night of the murder. You learn quickly to try to keep up because the ride is a fast and dangerous one.
T.H.U.G discusses the matter of race, politics, how the system is built to work against African Americans as well family values. One of the greatest points of this novel was the family dynamic and the realistic way Angie Thomas handled each character. The book doesn’t give false hopes but to shed a bigger light on the injustice towards African Americans in the United States.
People dealing with this issues will find a part of themselves within the chapters, while others who cannot identify, will gain a better understanding on why reforms are vital for the lives of many African Americans.
I’d recommend this book to everyone and to spread the word, “black lives matter”.
I read three books in total for October so I thought why not aim for three books this month? I know I can atleast finish them **fingers crossed**
The three books with that honor are:
The Statistical Possibility of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith. “Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves” -Google Books
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo “We Need New Names tells of the life of a young girl named Darling, first as a 10-year-old in Zimbabwe navigating a world of chaos and degradation with her friends, and later as a teenager in the Midwest United States, where a better future seems about to unfold when she goes to join an aunt working there”- Wikipedia
Let The Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger “Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.
Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life. When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And as the storm bears down on them, she starts to realize the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them” – Google Books
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The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen
Liz and her bff MacKenzie are about to have the best summer before their senior year in highschool. They are invited to hang out with the “IN” crowd of their small and narrow minded popular crowd, speared headed by Innis Taylor. Innis Taylor, son of the rich and famous Taylor family in their small town.As Liz and Innis are getting closer, Liz childhood bff, Jason, is released early from Juvie. The young boy who went off the rail and burned Innis older brother’s face many summers ago.
With Jason out of jail, Liz becomes more curious about the night her ex- bff committed the crime that affected many people lives, including her sister. They began to talk and hang out in secret as many facet of truth of that unfortunate night comes to light. Would they get to the truth in time or will more people get hurt in the process of unearthing the truth?
I liked this book because of the mystery to find out what really happened. It was interesting to see the way Konen wrote about how people’s perspective change due to circumstances. Liz was the young teenage girl that is still figuring out who she was, seperating herself from the identity her family was forming for her. Jason was very easy to like with his positive and “grown” outlook after spending time in Juvie reflecting his choices. I truly enjoyed the banter between Liz and MacKenzie because the fought and had different opinion but still made their friendship work.
I didn’t think that what truly happened that night truly makes up for the events that followed. The book needed to explain more on why Jason and Liz drifted apart initially. The way that the sisters relationship occured before Jason was released, while he was still the society’s pariah and after everyone was suddenly okay with him was rushed and needed to be more developed.
The author does a great job of capturing young love, friendship as well as loyalty to someone you believe in.
When by Laurie
One Word: Intrigued
Maddie can see the death date of anyone she comes across; as long as she can see their forehead clearly. With her gift, she and her mother charges customers to have their death date read to earn extra income for their household. Maddie can only relay the date, she cannot tell how the person will die, why they are dying or where they are going to die.
When one customer disagrees with Maddie’s revelation, and her prediction comes true, Maddie falls under an intense FBI investigation for committing murder. The same thing happens again and the targets are teenagers around their community that Maddie have had interactions with indirectly. Her whole life is affected, including those around her when the investigation gets longer and harder. Maddie knows she must try to clear her name as well as those that are getting implicated to ensure that she doesn’t spend the rest of her life behind bars. Who is commiting the murder? Why are they implicating Maddie? Will she be successful in her pursuit to clear her name?
I was surprised with how fast I was hooked and affected by this book. I went into the book with reservations because I shy away from suspense novels, especially YA suspense but I was not disappointed. Maddie was a character you get to like alot because her struggles will affect you as well as those around her. She was vulnerable and strong in making sure she could prove her innocence.
This book lay on the suspense side more than romance with how very subtle the author placed Maddie’s crush on the back burner of the story and just popped up when absolutely necessary. Friendship is promoted as well and it was mainly a platonic male and female friendship that didn’t build into a romantic one. This type of messages are important for our teens who read because it shows that friendship can occur among boys and girls without it always leading to a relationship. Enjoyed the book and glad I didn’t judge it too early.
Check out When by V. Laurie if you haven’t!
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhionielle Clayton
One Word: Shattered
I was seriously shattered when I was done with this book. Why didn’t I pick this up before now? Where have I been?
Gigi, June and Bette are prima ballerina at the ABC school looking to get the lead soloist in the school show. Gigi is a new student that earned the role but June and Bette will do anything to ensure they take it from her. The girls embark on a wild school year and with secrets getting out, scare tactics and budding romance growing, we, the audience are in for a wild and awesome show.
Gigi has a heart condition that she is keeping as a secret, June is battling an eating disorder and Bette pops pills to handle all the stress from her psychological abusive mother. All three girls must not let their guard down as their future hinges on how the role they’re playing. Who’s going to rise to the top?
I love this book! It is culturally diverse with witty characters, crazy scenes and expected teenage drama. Gigi is the only black girl at the school and the authors touch on the lack of diversity in the ballet works, the pressure to be perfect and how certain ethnicities are only casted in stereotypical roles. This book is a way to break barriers and show the ugly and beauty of the dance world.
As an outsider, I am given the rigorous life of what it means to be a ballerina and striving to be the best. Each character does what they have to do to be at the top, some take more drastic measures than others but as a reader, we’re left to see and understand why they make certain decisions. The story is expressed through all three girls perspective and we get each girls story first hand.
My favorite character is Gigi. I liked her optimistic outlook and how she didn’t give up. I think that her character played victim sometimes and hopefully she changes that in the sequel. The boys in the book are minor characters but important.
We’re left off with a cliffhanger and the sequel was released earlier this summer. I have ordered my copy and I’m waiting impatiently for it to come. (Updated… Received it and can’t wait.)
Interested in a diverse, ambitious group, mystery, drama and romance? Tiny Pretty Things is for you.
Summer is coming to an end very soon 😢😭 but that means Fall will be here soon 😊😍. Fall is my favorite season especially since it coincide with my Birthday. What’s your fav season?
I have my September TBR list and let me tell you, its quite ambitious. The readings are not difficult but I will also have my school work load with it, so wish me luck guys! But I think I can do it.
1. Shiny Broken Pieces by Clayton and Charaipotra
2. When by Victoria Laurie
3. The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen
4. Let The Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
5. Everyday Is For The Thief by Teju Cole
6. Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
7. Through To You by Lauren Barnholdt
What are you reading this month? See any you’ve read or would like to read?