The Inexplicable Logic Of My Life by Benjamin Alire SaenzThe Inexplicable Logic Of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The Inexplicable Logic Of My Life

byBenjamin Alire Saenz

Hardcover | March 7, 2017

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A mesmerizing, poetic exploration of family, friendship, love and loss" from the acclaimed author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe . ( New York Times Book Review )

Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it's senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal's not who he thought he was, who is he?
This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph.
Multi-award-winning novelist and poet Benjamin Alire Saenz is the author of several acclaimed books for teens, including the much-lauded Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe . He lives in El Paso, TX. Follow him on Twitter @BenjaminAlireSa.
Title:The Inexplicable Logic Of My LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 inPublished:March 7, 2017Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544586506

ISBN - 13:9780544586505


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful coming-of-age story, but there are some mature themes Wow, oh wow. What a beauty. I had heard many bloggers rave about this book as well as Saenz's previous work, Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, so when I got the chance to get my hands on an early copy of this book, my grabby fingers hopped right to it!;) For a brief synopsis, The Inexplicable Logic of my Life revolves around Salvador, who was sure he knew his place in the world. That was, until a few rather catastrophic events happen. Through thinking and reflecting over these events, Sal realizes that he actually has no clue who he really is, and thus strives to find himself. I just wanted to point out that this is NOT a happy book. At all, actually. The characters go through many different hardships and fight many battles, but reading this is still definitely worth it to see how they turn out at the end. I found the characters to be very relatable and well thought out, especially our protagonist, Salvador. He was quite a curious, intuitive guy, and he seemed to have the guts to tell whenever something was wrong, whether it be about himself or something else. I would absolutely say that because of his warm heart and wise ways, Sal is the type of character who could give out the best advice to someone in need. He also went through quite a lot of character development, and I was very happy with who he became by the end of the story! I also really adored his best friend, Sam. The struggles she had to go through were just as terrible, if not worse, than Sal's, but she still stayed strong and fought through all the grief. Honestly, I don't really see the two of them getting together as a romantic couple, but they were definitely great as friends! The writing style in this book was downright beautiful! Metaphors, personification, and even MORE was included in this book to reel readers in, and I myself absolutely felt super engaged while reading. Overall, this story was a beautiful one- cover, writing and character wise. I can't wait to pick up Saenz's first book, as well as anything else he writes in the future! I just wish that this book could've been a bit happier and shorter, so this is why I am deducting one star. So, in short, if you're looking for a beautiful coming-of-age story but don't mind some mature, darker themes and a long length, then definitely check this book out! *I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.*
Date published: 2019-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from this is so sad alexa play despacito i wanted to love this book so bad!! i was so excited to read this book because i've heard so much hype around benjamin alire saenz but i just couldn't connect with this book like i hoped :(. look, the writing was amazing! it was so intoxicating and melodic, i was obsessed. but the characters and the plot, i don't know what went wrongggg... i mean, 3 stars is good! but i was expecting to be taken away with this book and it just didn't have that feeling for me. there were topics covered that i really appreciated and i loved the way they were handled, especially sal's confusion with his future. i loved how this wasn't a love story but it kind of was a love story to life, i guess. how things can be pretty crappy in life, but that's just the way life is and we deal with it and keep on doing our thing. it's about being happy sad. living in a bullshit world, but accepting that and doing the things that give us meaning.
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I love the characters and become really attached and invested into their lives, which makes me fly through the books.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful If Saenz's writing style doesn't captivate you from the start, his characters will. Even if the book dealt with heavy subject, such as grief, the way the author approches the subject is heartfelt and beautiful. It doesn't top Ari and Dante's story, but it's one that everyone should read!
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I definitely prefer Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe, but this was exceptional as well.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! After reading Aristotle and Dante discover the universe, I was expecting wonders, and this did not disappoint
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully heartbreaking. This book is an absolutely heartrending exploration of identity, family, and friendship, and I am so incredibly glad I read it. I really don't believe I have the words to properly describe how beautiful this book was, so I'll just leave it short. Saenz's writing is simple yet so, so full of feeling, and everything about Sal's story - his friends, Sam and Fito; his family, Mima and Vincente and Marcos; the mystery surrounding his adoption and mother.... I haven't felt so much for a group of characters for a long time.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect summer read. I think this is a wonderful read, especially if you read it at the beginning of the school year or during the summer because it is so light-hearted and just fantastic. I'd highly recommend this for anyone who is going into Grade 12, or starting (or returning to) university.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 (million) stars and more for such a beautiful book by a beautiful writer. Mr. Sáenz's writing is spectacular and wow I can't even express my thoughts properly because this book was a masterpiece. I loved, loved, loved all the main characters. The friendship between Sal and Sam was touching and I loved their word for the day (WFTD) and What if game. And I'm so happy that Fito became friends with them too because that boy deserves everything good in this world. He was my favourite out of the trio. Also Sal's dad and his grandma Mima were perfect too. Gosh, I'd love to be in Sáenz's mind and even have a fraction of his ability to craft such heartfelt and thought-provoking stories and characters. The quote that really stood out to me: 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.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked to the pages This book is absolutely amazing in so many different ways. What I loved was that he tackled the theme of loss right on, without trying to sugar coat or skip past it.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Benjamin Alire Saenz can do no wrong lol! Another great story from this Author that I have had the pleasure of reading. After reading Aristotle and Dante I have been hesitant to read any of his other novels because Ari & Dante is just so hyped up in my mind, that I didn't want it to overshadow the next thing I read by him. I went into this without reading the synopsis, so I was really intrigued that the MC's father was gay, but he himself was straight. This novel is so much more that any synopsis can possibly describe. Would recommend you give this novel a read if you are looking for a YA contemporary where family is the main focus as well as grief, family constructs, platonic hetero male/female friendship, coming of age, self discovery, queer representation, forgiveness and a plethora of other topics.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz I have such a hard time reviewing Benjamin Alire Sáenz's books because they really are beautiful stories it's just something about them doesn't click with me. I did prefer this story to Aristotle and Dante but I did still have a lot of the same issues. Starting off with the good, he writes amazing, realistic characters that you can't help but love. Furthermore, the relationships between these characters are downright amazing. While Aristotle and Dante was a romantic relationship, this one was more a familial relationship. You don't really get romance which was kind of cool but I was hoping for another gay couple. Oh well!
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely, natural example of the teen experience. Makes you forget you're reading a book! Full disclosure, I have not read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, so I’m going in completely blind. I expected his writing to be more poetic for some reason. It’s not doing a ton of things any different than the contemporary authors I’ve read lately. But it does feel very true to the teen experience, which I definitely understand why teens are so attached to his writing in that sense. I like seeing more and more stories written by male authors about boys who cry and feel things. It’s important for boys who read to see themselves in the stories they read, and be told that they’re allowed to be emotional, to let it all out. Toxic masculinity hurts boys just as much as it hurts girls in the realm of patriarchy and feminism. The narrative voice has character, it’s engaging. The dialogue is so realistic, and so easy, it’s easy to forget you’re even reading.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from he does it again bejamin alire sáenz is one of those rare authors that treat their characters with such high regard. everything in this book is beautiful. i'm a big fan of his other novel, aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe, which is so tender and skillfully put together, just like this one. it reads like poetry. it reads how beauty looks.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something I am deathly excited for. The previous book was outstandingly breathtaking- why would this be any different?
Date published: 2017-01-04

Editorial Reviews

[A] mesmerizing, poetic exploration of family, friendship, love and loss. In Sal, Saenz gives his readers a young man equal parts strong, vulnerable, wise and loving." - New York Times Book Review "Saenz's optimistic view of young people - and adults in general - shines through and lifts the reader up." - "This new novel has all the same qualities that made you fall in love before: deeply human protagonists, a gentle, warm manner of addressing difficult issues, and finding a sense of identity." - Bustle "Saenz is a treasure whose works should not be missed? " -VOYA "Saenz's distinctive prose style is lyrical and philosophical? " -Horn Book ? "The themes of love, social responsibility, death, and redemption are expertly intertwined with well-developed characters and acompellingstory line. This complex, sensitive, and profoundly moving book is beautifully written and will stay with readers. VERDICT A must-purchase title, recommended for all school and public libraries." -School Library Journal, starred review ? "The well-constructed pacing of the novel, with its beautifully expansive prose punctuated by text messages between Sal and Sam, demonstrates the author's talent for capturing the richness of relationships among family and friends. The author of Printz Honor-winning Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (2012) offers another stellar, gentle look into the emotional lives of teens on the cusp of adulthood." -Kirkus, starred review ? "Written in short chapters that eloquently describe Sal's deepest fears and most intense moments of affection, the story celebrates compassion and the love of family." -Publishers Weekly, starred review "As Sal tries to understand the way his fists seem to be acting on their own, as he sorts through memories and feelings about mothers in general and his mother in particular, Sal wraps readers in a 464-page hug, sharing longing and insight that ultimately affirms the goodness of strong families with the generosity to draw in and rescue those in need of steady, solid, unconditional love." -Bulletin "What the world needs now is a book like this one. Profoundly important and moving. Read it."-Bill Konigsberg, Stonewall Award-winning author of Openly Straight and The Porcupine of Truth "Thought-provoking and uplifting, this compelling coming-of-age novel treats the complexities of being human with compassion, and-above all-love."-Francisco Jimenez, Pura Belpre Honor-winning author of Breaking Through and Reaching Out "A needed, lovely, and powerful book"-Connie Griffin, Bookworks, Albuquerque "Saenz presents readers with several beautifully drawn relationships? Sal is one of those characters you wonder about after the book is closed. Maybe Saenz will tell us more." -Booklist"