Although Aristotle and Dante has a place in the classroom for discussing sexuality, it can also just be read as a coming of age novel. Ari experiences the difficult transitions of the teen years. For example, like most teens, he goes through the struggle of learning how to drive with his mom. "I had to take my mom out for a drive before she'd let me go out on my own. 'You drive a little too fast,' she said" (201).