Every Wednesday I will be posting Wonder Crush Wednesday which will be dedicated to non-cis het white males. These posts will be for my amazing ladies, my amazing poc, my amazing lgbtqai+ community, my amazing authors/characters/other that were not born with the same privilege white men were…
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Goodreads blurb goes as follows:
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.
Writer Benjamin Alire Sáenz is an American author born in a family with Latin American traditions. His culture shines brightly through his work and so does his self-exploration of gender, identity, and class. It is a book written by a poc made to be read by a poc.
He also makes a point of fighting the stereotypes of Latin Americans made by White Americans. He wishes to oppose the “anti-Mexican rhetoric” by writing about Mexican-American families. Regardless of its focus around Mexican-American families it is easy for anyone with a dash in-between their two nationalities to understand. As a second generation immigrant I relate a lot to the struggles of the characters in his books.
Sáenz is a multidimensional individual; a former priest, a doctorate in creative writing, and a skilled poet. Now he seeks to explore his own identity by writing inclusive books of Latin American families and LGBT characters. His book Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is as cathartic for the reader as Sáenz claims it was for him to write.
This is an author I believe we have only seen the beginning of and I cannot wait for more.
Check out his bibliography, every book on there deserves a read!