Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Sáenz)

I’m at page 118 of 359. And I might DNF this book.

I might.

This is not like Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Attachments had a plot. It just took it’s time to get there.

This book… has like nothing happening. Like something’s happening but nothing’s happening. Do you know that feeling? Like you get the story but then you don’t get it.

Damn. I’m not giving up yet.

Okay update. 17/08/2017.
I’m DNF-ing this book too at page 167/359.


I see where this book is going, I know what it’s trying to do. But I don’t feel it. It’s about this confused guy who does not want to admit he likes guys. So he’s got a lot of angst and he’s in denial. Okay. All good.

But damn.


It’s not exciting for me.

Ari’s angst is so low key angst that doesn’t have horrible consequences. Like I wish it did more damage. Then it’d be exciting because things burn down. Shit hits the fan. But no. Nothing hits the fan for the longest of time. It’s just his feelings. All about his feelings. All about how he feels to different instances. He doesn’t make things happen.

Dante is more likeable.

But anyway. It just feels like random things happening for the plot to move on to the inevitable of Ari admitting to his sexuality. Thats how it felt like for the 100+ pages I read.

Like Ari meets Dante by chance? Well they both like swimming, so why has Ari only seen Dante now.

Suddenly there’s a car accident, Ari saves Dante and I guess this is where Ari starts to slowly realise he likes Dante and hates himself for it.

Even all of this is okay.

But you know what I can’t stand?

I can’t stand how Ari is all like ‘who am I, what am I doing” but doing absolutely nothing to find out. He just sits around thinking how shitty his life is. And how he feels about his life. Like do something Ari?! I think he’s gonna start doing something in the next 20 pages. But I’m giving up.
I need an exciting book.


Just realised I didn’t put up the synopsis for this book.

Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante s fair skinned. Ari’s features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.

But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other – and the power of their friendship – can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side.

The one thing I was really looking forward to was the ‘brother in prison’ storyline which didn’t happen for the 167 pages that I read. Upset.

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