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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.
This follow-up to 2012's Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, narrated once again by the cerebral Aristotle "Ari" Mendoza, resumes directly after the first book's end. Much to his surprise, Ari finds himself in love with charming romantic Dante Quintana. It's 1986; AIDS is raging, and being gay seems to Ari like a recipe for unhappiness. Instead, love proves life-changing. Over the course of his senior year at Austin High School, Ari grows closer to his postal worker father, another introvert with much on his mind; makes close friends; and through a journal in the form of letters to Dante discovers the power of words. In S enz's careful, poetic hands and Ari's stubborn, searching voice, the narrative follows the Mexican American couple as they "map out a new world" together, navigating desire ("A body thing. A heart thing. The body and the heart"), homophobia, racism, sexism, how to be a man without succumbing to toxic masculinity, how to cope with loss without giving in to grief, what it means to have and be a good teacher, and, fundamentally, how to love and be loved. Ages 14 up. Agent: Patricia Moosbrugger, Patricia Moosbrugger Literary.