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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz Aristotle and Dante isn't my usual thing -- I lean more toward supernatural/fantasy YA, or coming-of-age stories with female protagonists -- but every so often the stars will align just right and I'll actually read up on current notable books and put a few of the not-my-usual-cuppa books on my wishlist just for kicks.

Anyway, after the first couple of chapters I was solidly in love with the way Sáenz writes, or at least how he wrote this story. It's lovely. Everything about Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is lovely, from the title to the last page. Melancholy and beautiful. Great characters and a slow and quiet story that sticks with you.

And because I'm old and notice these things now: The parents are loving and wonderfully written. Many bonus points.

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