The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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"A story set on the American border with Mexico, about family and friendship, life and death, and one teen struggling to understand what his adoption does and doesn't mean about who he is"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston ;, New York :, Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780544583528
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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JCLChrisK May 04, 2017

A third of the way into this book I was liking the story well enough, but I was feeling the characters were just a bit too nice. Their ease with each other and their problems, their lack of negative reactions and mistakes, their ability to love and take care of each other, while good, didn't seem to provide enough conflict and drama for a moving story. I was underwhelmed.

Another third of the way through and I realized my feelings had changed. I became aware that every time I read a portion of the book my mood improved. I felt more general happiness, more easily accepted hardship, and thought more often of my loved ones. I felt more love.

Don't think that means the book is free of conflict, hardship, anger, and fear, or that the characters don't suffer and hurt each other. They are believably real people dealing with more than their share of tragedy. It's just that those characters also know how to take care of each other. They are extraordinary in their ability to be vulnerable and to love, particularly protagonist Salvador. And that makes this book particularly affecting by example.

This is an introspective story with a more leisurely pace than many. It's not necessarily one I would call "clean" or devoid of rough content, but it's definitely one I would call positive. Without any saccharine elements or forced optimism or anything didactic, this story gently demonstrates how to become a better, more wholehearted person.

PimaLib_MaryG May 01, 2017

A beautifully written story of a teen working his way through the difficulties life throws his way.
The deaths of loved ones and others not-so-loved, friends' pain, and all the while knowing he needs to finish the essay for his college application. Many trips back and forth between El Paso and Las Cruces. Sal doesn't always respond the way we want him to; more importantly, he doesn't always respond the way he wants himself to. This book grabbed me on the first page and held me all the way through. Benjamin Alire Sáenz is one of my favorite writers and he came through once again.

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amistein
Apr 28, 2017

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KateHillier Apr 22, 2017

I'm a huge fan of the author's previous book and while this book is quite different in most ways it hits you in similar emotional spots and it is fantastic. We're in the present day here and we follow the story of Sal. It's his final year of high school and things are changing. He's quicker to throw a punch then he used to be, he worries about his best friend Sam's taste for bad boys, he worries about his friend Fito's family life, he worries about the health of his beloved grandmother.

Sal has a fantastic relationship with his gay father, really his adopted father, Vincente. He has no idea who his real father is and his mother died when he was a toddler. Vincente is a fantastic man in so many ways and everyone needs a Vincente in their life. This last year of high school has a series of terrible and hard things happen to Sal and his friends but the love they have for each other and the strength of that love is what sees everyone through. It was incredibly satisfying to read even through the hard parts.

It was fantastic and I loved it to bits.

TSCPL_Anna Apr 17, 2017

I will say my review is probably biased, because I keep comparing this novel to Saenz's Aristotle and Dante, which was one of the best books I read last year. I did enjoy this book, but not nearly as much as I was expecting. I think if the book had been shortened by 50 pages, I would have loved all of it; some parts were simply too slow and repetitive for me.
Here are the things I absolutely adored about this story, though:
I love that this is a love story, but not your typical love story. Though there is a romantic relationship in the book, it is mostly about the love of friends and family. I cannot emphasize enough how much I love that Sal and Sam are a guy and a girl who love each other only as friends. You can be best friends with someone of the opposite sex, and this book proves it. Sal's relationship with his father is exquisitely told. Even though Vicente isn't his real dad, he proves time and time again that being adopted into a family means you are as authentic to that family as if you were born in it. And lastly, Saenz did not disappoint on creating 3D characters. No character is minor, and they all add their own personal flare to the story.
Even though I didn't give the book a full five stars, I recommend it to anyone seeking a slice-of-life story about family, life, and death.

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singidunum_25
Apr 05, 2017

I have just finished reading this compelling, coming of age novel for teens.This is my second book by the same author, Benjamin Saenz, who wrote Aristotle and Danté discover the secrets of the universe. It is a story about grief, friendships, self doubts, but above all, about family. Novel is written with lots of love and author's self reflection as well. Very wise, very lyrical....
" Do you think the heart needs love to keep on beating?"

AL_JENNIEB Apr 05, 2017

A beautifully lyrical novel about love, loss, language, and acceptance. Benjamin Alire Saenz has crafted another brilliant story that demonstrates the importance of family, not necessarily the family you are born into, but the family you create for yourself with the people you love, and who love you.

AL_PRINAL Apr 01, 2017

So many lines to ponder and cherish on the meaning of love, friendships, loss and grief. A gentle, unfolding read.

DCLteens Mar 20, 2017

A quiet lyrical coming of age story about identity, friendship , loss and family. This should get nominated for a Printz award.

JCLKariE Feb 17, 2017

Saenz’s writing is poetry. You cannot help but smile when you read some of his beautiful passages. The struggle to find yourself is perfectly captured in this novel. I enjoyed this novel so much because I remember feeling the way Sal does, waiting for something to happen, but then it is often hard to deal with being a young adult and facing responsibility.

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JCLChrisK May 04, 2017

I’ll always remember that look on your face. You saw me. You’ve always seen me. And I think that’s all that anyone wants. That’s why Fito loves coming over here. He’s been invisible all his life. And all of a sudden he’s visible. Seeing someone. Really seeing someone. That’s love.

JCLChrisK May 04, 2017

Before I nodded off, I thought about what my dad had said—​that life wasn’t all nice and neat like a book, and life didn’t have a plot filled with characters who said intelligent and beautiful things. But he wasn’t right about that. See, my dad said intelligent and beautiful things. And he was real. He was the most real thing in the entire world. So why couldn’t I be like him?

JCLChrisK May 04, 2017

Words exist only in theory. And then one ordinary day you run into a word that exists only in theory. And you meet it face to face. And then that word becomes someone you know. That word becomes someone you hate. And you take that word with you wherever you go. And you can't pretend it isn't there.

JCLChrisK May 04, 2017

If there’s no heaven, I don’t really care. Maybe people are heaven, Dad. Some people, anyway. You and Sam and Fito. Maybe you’re all heaven. Maybe everyone’s heaven, and we just don’t know it.

JCLChrisK May 04, 2017

“Anger is an emotion. But there’s always something behind anger. Something stronger. You know what that is?”

“Is that a trick question?”

“It comes from fear, son. That’s where it comes from. All you have to do is figure out what you’re afraid of.”

Oh, I thought. Is that all?

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