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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Book Review - The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Review by Suze

Sal and his adoptive father have a strong bond. Sal's father is single and it's always been just the two of them. Their life has been stable and peaceful until things suddenly change. Sal loves his lively Mexican family and likes spending time with his best friend Sammy and very good friend Fito. Sal's dad is gay, but doesn't have a boyfriend, so his dad's life has naturally evolved around Sal. They were perfectly at ease together, but lately Sal starts to feel differently. He's angry when someone offends his family and even hits someone when he's being provoked. He's questioning life in general, his origin and the person he is inside. Will he find the answers he seeks?

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life is a beautiful heartwarming story. I love stories about family in many different forms and this is definitely a good one. Sal and his father have a gorgeous special bond. I absolutely loved that aspect of the story, nothing can break them apart and Sal’s father will do anything for his son. Sal is lucky when it comes to the people who love him, as he also has two incredible friendships. Sammy is fierce and tough, she can stand her ground, but she's vulnerable at the same time. I liked the way they communicate, the honest way they talk to each other and the way they support one another no matter what. Fito comes from a broken home, his life is pretty terrible, but because of Sal he has somewhere to go and people to help him. Sal will never let a loved one down. The connections between the characters are making this book incredibly special.

In The Inexplicable Logic of My Life nobody has to do everything on their own, the main characters are figuring things out together. That doesn’t mean they share everything straight away, their support also means waiting until someone’s ready. The story is all about friendship, loyalty, love and family. Being there for one another is important and there’s always a solution when you’re surrounded by people who love you unconditionally, which is such a gorgeous strong message.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz has written a brilliant book about kindness, caring for each other, standing up for one another and love in many forms. The main characters in The Inexplicable Logic of My Life aren’t flawless, it’s their faults that are making them interesting. There's plenty of work to be done that should allow them to grow as a person, but also as a group, which is something else I really loved about this book. I highly recommend The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, it's a wonderful mesmerizing and thought-provoking story.

Advice

If you love YA about interesting heartwarming family connections and beautiful friendships you don't want to miss The Inexplicable Logic of My Life.

16 comments:

  1. Is this a sequel to ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE? Either way, sounds cool!

    --Trix

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  2. I love family stories too. This sounds like an emotional journey and I'd like to see why Sal is so angry and how he sorts it all out.

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  3. It really sounds so good and very different from anything I have read . Thanks for sharing it.

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  4. I heard good things about Benjamin Alire Saenz, Looking forward to reading one of his books.

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  5. Beatiful review! I love the blurb and the cover is so gorgeous.

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  6. This is a new author for me so thank you for your honest review!

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  7. Love a good book :)

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  8. I don't read many books from a male love, but this one sounds sweet.

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  9. This looks like it could be a wonderful and unique coming-of-age story. I'd be especially interested in seeing how [Mexican] cultural elements might be woven throughout.
    --Ann

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  10. Great review. Will be interesting to discover the author book.

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  11. I enjoy stories that make me think.

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  12. To be serious for a moment, being openly gay in some parts of Mexico can be akin to signing your own death warrant. Benjamin's personal experience of growing up gay and the importance of friendship to survive in a repressive atmosphere is bound to shine through in this novel. An important piece of work.

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  13. Sounds like a very touching read!

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