Good book. I’m not sure I’d call it Young Adult, however. though it’s often listed amongst the top YA novels of all time.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a coming-of-age young adult novel by American author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
Aristotle “Ari” Mendoza is the main protagonist.
He’s a typically angry, bored and confused teen. A loner.
Set in El Paso, Texas in 1987, the story starts when Ari meets another Mexican-American teen, Dante Quintana.
Dante is an admirable person in every way. It’s his influence and their friendship which finally helps Ari grow up.
A happy ending.
Several themes feature prominently. These include Mexican-American identity, gender and sexuality, particular masculine gender roles and homosexuality, intellectualism and artistic expression, as well as family relationships and friendship.