• Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World

  • Aristotle and Dante
  • By: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,033 ratings)

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Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World

By: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Narrated by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
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2022 BEST MALE NARRATOR AUDIE AWARD WINNER!
A #1 New York Times bestseller
Four starred reviews!
“Messily human and sincerely insightful.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is an “emotional roller coaster” (School Library Journal, starred review) sure to captivate fans of Adam Silvera and Mary H.K. Choi.

In Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, two boys in a border town 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 burying 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 of all kinds, 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 Sáenz. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

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See Beyond the Premise

Granted, there may be some readers who are uncomfortable with the premise of this story. After all, the main protagonists are two young men who are in their last year of high school, and they're madly in love with each other. They kiss a lot, but to the author's credit, their rather cautious sexual relationship is portrayed quite obliquely. It's implied, but not explicit. and that's great, because it doesn't distract from the many messages that probe so much deeper into the wonderful--and sometimes painful--mysteries of life.

This book is not a page-turner in the ordinary sense. I'd say it is more of a "page savorer". Well, at least I savored pretty much every page. Even in the midst of human awfulness, the author has managed to beautifully portray the delicious triumph of human goodness. The story doesn't deny the awfulness; it doesn't omit the reality of tragedy and sadness; it just gently and with wonderful grace shows the winning power of real love.

The Greek language has three words for love. There's "eros"; since we get our English word "erotic" from that, it's easy to see what kind of love "eros" describes. Then there's "philos", which is brotherly--or sisterly--love (hence Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love). Then there's "agape" (pronounced "AH-ga-pay", not "a-GAYP"), which is essentially unselfish love that seeks the good of the other. This story honestly recognizes the reality of each of these "loves" in the human experience, but the one that stands out beyond the others is agape.

I really liked this book for its sensitive portrayal of those things in life which really matter.

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cryin in the club

finally got around to listening to this and wow i’m not disappointed. i see myself in these characters and in this book, and it means so much to me to see it have a second volume. the listen is worth it, lin does an amazing job. and mr. sáenz good sir, you’ve reignited my passion for books and writing, so thank you ❤️

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No Sophomore Slump

The YA LGBTQ sequel to “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” is no sophomore slump. Ari’s largely internal conflicts in the first book become external in this book where Ari and Dante navigate their senior year in high school during the AIDS epidemic. Both discover connection, loss, prejudice, the importance of educators and family, each other, and themselves.

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read it its amazing

I loved this book so much, Aristotle and dante is a gorgeous series and I'm so sad it's over. if you're thinking of reading this amazing coming of age (book 1) and tear jerking (book 2) book then you 100% should.

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loved it!

great coming of age story and a great performance too by Lin Manuel Miranda!

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Such a great book!!

loved the book so much!!Lin Manuel Miranda is such a great narrator! love the storyline.

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A beautiful story about the complexity of life

A simple premise: two Hispanic highschool boys in love in the late 80's, dealing with everything that people go through when trying to find their place in the world. Lin-Manuel Miranda does a fantastic job once again as the narrator, bringing our protagonist Ari to life. I understand some people may not enjoy this book, and that is fair. It is very different from most other books I've read or listened to. However, I think that this book is beyond anything I've ever experienced before. You don't need a big plot with layers of complex characters. You don't need a full cast of voice actors to read it. This book speaks to the human experience and straight to the heart. I feel a connection to Ari and Dante, to their hardships, their love, their families. I feel like I know them and they know me. We all feel the same things: fear and joy, love and despair. We are all just humans, doing our best to survive the best we know how. And this book really shows, if we give people a chance they might just show us the humanity within themselves.

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Awful

I can’t continue this book. I’ve read or listened to more than half and I still cannot figure out what the plot is. Is just a young couple having conversations. Magically all of the family is very supportive of their same sex relationship and encourages them to be happy. I was a young gay girl coming out in the 80’s with liberal parents and I promise you not any of my friends or myself had any thing that even slightly resembles this. It’s just not realistic and it’s totally boring!!!

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Captivating

The long-awaiting sequel to a coming of age story the handles universal themes of love, loss, and liberation on a journey that everyone can relate to. Aristotle and Dante are a part of me now. Bravo. Will there be another installment?

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Nice young live story

Overall I loved the story and of course Lin Manuel was the best choice. Some lines/actions were repeated so often we started making fun whenever we knew it was happening. Otherwise great young adult queer story.