A Reading Group Guide to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz About the Book
When Aristotle, a loner, meets Dante at the swimming pool, the two strike up an unparalleled relationship. Dante is everything Aristotle wishes he were: articulate, smart, and self-confident. Together they begin questioning the secrets of the universe and navigating the painful journey from adolescence into adulthood. Sharing books, dreams, a near-fatal accident, and a year apart, the two discover the power of their friendship and develop an inseparable bond. Prereading Questions
1. Do people always have to understand the people they love? Why or why not?
2. What characteristics are most admirable in a close friend? Questions for Discussion
1. Aristotle (Ari) Mendoza is one of four children. His two older sisters and his older brother no longer live at home. Describe his relationship with his siblings. Why does he feel like the family mascot?
2. How does Ari meet Dante? Compare and contrast their personalities.
3. Why do Ari and Dante become friends? What personality traits does Ari most admire in Dante and why?
4. Does Ari have a close relationship with his parents? How does his relationship with his mother differ from his relationship with his father?