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Reviewed by Diana Lopez for Readers' Favorite
Nate River is a sixteen-year-old teenager who ends up entering Café de Sophia on a rainy day. There he meets someone who calls himself Plato and they engage in a casual conversation. Nate didn't expect that this moment would be the first step on a path to self-discovery. After that meeting, Nate joins a group of friends interested in the study of and search for the truth. The dialogue in the book is developed through conversations in the form of a debate that follows the Socratic method. The exchange of ideas will motivate the reader to reflect on concepts such as justice, love, and other topics concerning knowledge. In this manner, M.A. Alsadah shares philosophical ideas in a contemporary context.
Café de Sophia is not only about the search for knowledge. The characters try to understand why all the topics they reflect on are significant. I appreciated the different opinions and belief systems involved because readers can draw their own conclusions. The perspective is one of a teenager open to accepting a diversity of ideas. The arguments are analyzed with examples, and the explanations are easy to understand. The topics covered are diverse and entertaining, and were derived from the most common notions explored in philosophy. M.A. Alsadah shares the message that it is possible to be a philosopher in everyday life. I consider this book to be suitable for young adults because the content is a great introduction to philosophical thought.