Aristotle and Dante - Discover the Secrets of the Universe


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A story about Aristotle (Ari), 15 years old, who never got interested with hanging with other guys and make friends. Until he met Dante at the pool.


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.

Prologue

WHY DO WE SMILE? WHY DO WE LAUGH? WHY DO we feel alone? Why are we sad and confused? Why do we read poetry? Why do we cry when we see a painting? Why is there a riot in the heart when we love? Why do we feel shame? What is that thing in the pit of your stomach called desire?

The Different Rules of Summer

The problem with my life was that it was someone else’s idea.

Four

I looked at him suspiciously. If a guy was offering to teach me how to swim, then for sure he didn’t have a life. Two guys without a life? How much fun could that be?
I had a rule that it was better to be bored by yourself than to be bored with someone else. I pretty much lived by that rule. Maybe that’s why I didn’t have any friends.

We laughed again. We couldn’t stop. I wondered what it was we were laughing about. Was it just our names? Were we laughing because we were relieved? Were we happy? Laughter was another one of life’s mysteries.

I’d never really been very close to other people.
I didn’t find most of the guys that surrounded me very interesting. In fact, I was pretty disgusted.
Maybe I was a little superior. But I don’t think I was superior. I just didn’t understand how to talk to them, how to be myself around them. Being around other guys didn’t make me feel smarter. Being around guys made me feel stupid and inadequate. It was like they were all a part of this club and I wasn’t a member.

I guess I didn’t have it so bad. Maybe everybody didn’t love me, but I wasn’t one of those kids that everyone hated, either.
I was good in a fight. So people left me alone.
I was mostly invisible. I think I liked it that way.
And then Dante came along.

Five