Title: The Inexplicable Logic of my Life
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, 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.
Source: Thanks so much to Indigo Books & Music Inc. for providing me with a physical ARC of this book!
How I Found Out About It: Blogging
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 once it hits shelves on March 7th!☺️
*I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.*