Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Critical reception and accolades

The book has been a critical success, with a Publishers Weekly review calling it "a tender, honest exploration of identity and sexuality, and a passionate reminder that love—whether romantic or familial—should be open, free, and without shame".[40] The book has won numerous awards, including the Lambda Literary Award[41] and Stonewall Book Award[42] for LGBT fiction, an Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award honor,[43] Pura Belpré Narrative Medal for Latino fiction,[44] and Michael L. Printz Award honor for Young Adult fiction.[45] The book has been positively received by readers as well; in May 2016, more than four years after its publication, it ranked first on a list of popular LGBT fiction on Goodreads.[46]

In an interview with NPR, Sáenz himself noted that "I've never had a book with this kind of response, not ever" and notes that "[Ari] is so afraid of loving [Dante]. And Dante isn't."[47]

There are plans for the book to be adapted for the screen by filmmaker Henry Alberto. [48]

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