on March 7, 2017
Genres: Family Life, Fiction, Homosexuality, Young Adult
From the multi-award-winning author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe comes a gorgeous new story about love, identity, and families lost and found.
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.
Benjamin Alire Saenz has such a unique and beautiful writing style that I think people will either love or hate, it can seem pretty choppy at times. But I personally LOVE his writing style it just makes the characters seem so real and genuine. He is also so good at writing characters that are different and maybe a little bit flawed. Basically they really do seem human. I didn’t love The Inexplicable Logic of My Life as much as Aristotle and Dante but it was still a really good contemporary filled with tons of diversity!
The thing is there isn’t really a storyline but yet so much happens as the characters grow. There is a lot of death but I think the character development couldn’t have happened without the deaths. I guess I’d say that this book is a perfect example of a character driven plot as opposed to being plot based. Another thing I love about Saenz is that his books are about love, growing up, and can be so freaking hopeful in the worst of times.
Anyway, the story centers around Sal, and his best friends Samantha (awesome name by the way haha) and Fito. Sal is starting his senior year and it is all peachy until he hits a guy who calls his adoptive father a faggot. This is a changing point for Sal and he starts hitting people that make him angry. This just isn’t who Sal is so this kind of starts a war inside Sal – where is this anger coming from? Sal goes through a lot of grief and changes trhroughout the story but with all of Saenz books there is hope in the end, and love really does conquers.
I liked all of the characters except for Sam. I don’t know I just did not click with her. She was annoying, and seemed kind of selfish. And she is huge part of the book so it isn’t like you just gotta deal with her every now and then. She also goes through a lot of change and character development but I still found her annoying even as the story progressed.
Anyways I really did enjoy The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. I think it is a really important book to read even with the little things I didn’t like such as Sam, or how sometimes it was kind of slow going.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.