Saturday, February 11, 2017
Book Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda (audio)
I've rarely read a more powerful book about friendship, about love, about families, about coming to terms with who you are as a person, and about acceptance. I was really thrilled with this book showing amazing role models with the parents and showing a more understanding and open side of the Latin culture that is often portrayed as very macho and singular. Instead the world of Ari and Dante is multifaceted and has great depth. The book is brutally honest, in a way that sometimes feels like ripping off a scab, that can hurt. But that in the end also promotes healing by exposing wounds to the sunlight. It's a beautiful, powerful story I am so glad I read.
The narration was truly excellent. This audiobook was recommended to me by a teenage girl who is obsessed with Mr. Miranda, which is the only reason she listened to the audio, but for an Anglo women without much Latino exposure, having the accents perfectly right and the pronunciations, really made the book extra-accessible to me.
This review is a part of Kid Konnection, hosted by Booking Mama, a collection of children's book-related posts over the weekend.
I checked this eaudiobook out of the library via Overdrive.