Kerri's Favorite Young Adult Read of 2022!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐️️️️ What a beautifully moving coming of age story! Set in 1987, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz explores the relationship between two teenage Mexican-American boys. The two best friends navigate the pressures of high school (academics, jobs, learning to drive, girls, alcohol and drugs), as well as their complex relationships with their parents, while also grappling with their ethnic identities. I listened to this one; Narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the audio brings Ari Mendoza and Dante Quintana to life in this tale of self discovery. I highly recommend this YA novel with its rich character development and honest exploration of family, race, identity, and sexuality.