AE Monthly Book Club: December 2016 – Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe

As we move into December, we also move into winter which means that we are already looking forward to the warmer summer months. So instead of cowing to the season, we’ve chose a book that’s sure to recall summer memories.


Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

For December we are going to be reading Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s coming-of-age young adult novel, Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe. Released in 2012, it follows two Mexican-American teenage boys who become friends and must navigate their increasingly complicated feelings for one another. The publisher’s description reads:

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

The novel is split into six sections, each with a varying number of chapters so for the sake of balance, the shorter sections have been combined into one week. Here’s our reading guide:

December 1 – December 10: The Different Rules of Summer, Sparrows Falling From the Sky, and The End of Summer

December 11 – December 17: Letters on a Page

December 18 – December 24: Remember The Rain

December 25 – December 31: All the Secrets of the Universe

As with every month, we will hold Twitter polls and an opportunity to join the conversation with the hashtag #AEBookClub. If you’d like to suggest a cinema-related book for future book club readings, please e-mail your suggestion to or contact us on Twitter .

Happy Reading.

Featured Image: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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Ryan MacLean
Born and raised in the frigid wastes of Canada, Ryan is a part-time critic and a full time movie lover. He has an embarrassing amount of knowledge on all things nerdy.