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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Lesson Plan

Introduction to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a coming-of-age novel written by Benjamin Alire Saenz and published in 2012. The novel opens in the summer of 1987 in El Paso, Texas and follows Aristotle Mendoza’s journey toward self-discovery. He becomes fast friends with Dante Quintana, who is equally trying to understand himself. They face many internal struggles, revolving around their Mexican heritage, their relationships with their family, their futures, and their sexuality. Dante is comfortable with his homosexuality and falling in love with Ari; Ari, on the other hand, is still trying to convince himself that he prefers girls. Their friendship and love for one another...

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