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The highly anticipated sequel to the beloved cult classic about family, friendship and first love, from award-winning author Benjamin Alire Sáenz. This lyrical novel will enrapture fans of John Green, Love, Simon and Call Me by Your Name.

A love story like no other.

In Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, two boys fell in love. Now they must discover what it means to stay in love and build a relationship in a world that seems to challenge their very existence.

Ari has spent all of high school hiding who he really is, staying silent and invisible. He expected his senior year to be the same. But something in him cracked open when he fell in love with Dante, and he can’t go back. Suddenly, he finds himself reaching out to new friends, standing up to bullies and making his voice heard. And, always, there is Dante - dreamy, witty Dante - who can get on Ari’s nerves and fill him with desire all at once.

The boys are determined to forge a path for themselves in a world that doesn’t understand them. But when Ari is faced with a shocking loss, he’ll have to fight like never before to create a life that is truthfully, joyfully his own.

©2021 Benjamin Alire Saenz (P)2021 Simon & Schuster UK

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Just Beautiful

This book has consumed my heart. It is incredibly beautiful and deeply meaningful. I wajt the words of this book to live inside me. I am just in shock at how a book like that can make me feel. I'm now going to buy the physical copies and highlight every word and recite phrases in whispers under the stars.

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2022 52 Book Challenge - 21) Published by Simon & Schuster

This book would have been perfectly fine if Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets to the Universe didn't exist, because this is a pale imitation of that.

Book 1 was amazing and thought provoking and tear worthy, but this book, I was so bored listening to it that I had to have breaks.

It didn't really feel like Dante was in this book all that much and as a result it felt like it revolved around Ari. Because of this, it felt like he was suffered from a little bit of Main Character Syndrome. For example, one of the new characters Cassandra opens up about something that was deeply personal to her and Ari makes it revolve around him and his issues and she just let's him. This continues through the entire book.

A major event happens within Ari's family later in the novel and aside from a couple sentences addressing it occassionally, the family just feel flat and unemotional about it and move on in what felt like one chapter.

The language didn't really feel right in this book. The teenagers really didn't sound like teenagers, or at least, like any teenagers I've ever met, and nearly every conversation turned into a monologue of profound drivel that feels entirely forced, unrealistic and out of place.

I just found this book to be a disappointment.

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Did not finish at 50 %

I hoped this was about the relationship of Dante and Ari but it is the same as book 1. Lots of side characters, lots of nice family scenes, and sometimes the boys meet and express their affection. In short: boring.
Five stars for Lin Manuel.

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great book

what a wonderful story. Had tears in my eyes. A story to make you think and smile.

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A must listen!

This book covered some great topics it was hard to listen to at points because of the sadness it conveyed but also beautiful moments of love and friendship and I think it talks about lessons that would benefit everyone.
I loved it and think Im going to find it hard to find another book this good this year to top it, will definitely read this again and would recommend this book to anyone

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Exceptional, rare and beautiful

The young people who read this book have been given a gift so beautiful and wise that I am unreasonably green with envy. Treasure the words, let them infuse your life and help you navigate that strange and challenging world of love. This is so much more than a guide however. First and foremost It is about humanity and as such it is relevant to all - young or old, gay, straight or somewhere in between, the self-assured or the vulnerable. This book has something important to say to you all. Read it, wonder at its wisdom and be grateful.

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Brilliant sequel and narration again..

All the stars for this one, absolutely outstanding!! Yet again, as with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, the narration by Lin-Manuel Miranda was stunning, and ought to win a shedload of awards. I tried to listen as slowly as I possibly could...I really did, but sometimes this story just carries you away. I thought Ari did a lot of growing up in this one, however Dante didn't seem to mature that much at all 😕.

It was full of love, of feels and it has to be said, a lot of tears on my part. AIDS naturally plays a huge part in the storyline, as does being brave enough to finally accept and 'own' who you are and come out to your friends...and Ari gathers some great friends into his own 'family'. Yes, we still have Dante, Soledad and Sam Quintana [and their new little arrival], but Suzy, Gina and a new friend Cassandra, were all connected by what happens in the story and were there for Ari when Dante sometimes wasn't. There were some very sad moments, some wonderfully uplifting moments and some serious social commentary from the Author too, making a point of mentioning the way that some [but not all obviously] white Americans were fantastically racist in the way they treated not just people from Mexico, but also black, gay and other minorities during the time period covered by the story. Has anything really changed in the years since then? Sadly, I think not 😒. Quoting the story 'We're a country of immigrants that hates immigrants'.

I have to say that based on my reading/listening of the story, there does not need to be a book 3, but I would also be extremely happy if there were. I love these two boys and the world they live in to bits!!

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noooo

the first boos was obviously better. I did not want them to break up, even though that was a realistic take. I did not expected it because everything fwlt too good too be truth sort of book. some times it felt too cheesy. this book will a one time read, unlike the first one. maybe a third might come, but I doubt it.