“Maybe we don’t always know what we have in us.”
Title: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Rating: 5/5 ⭐️
Thank you to the publisher for sending it to me on netgalley.
Synopsis: Salvador was adopted when he was three. He was adopted by a gay artist. Sal faces many challenges when people start to make fun of his dad right in front of him. Sal starts to lose who he thought he knew who he was. He just doesn’t know anymore. He loves spending time with Sam, his best friend since they were five. Their duo becomes a trio when, Fito gets added to their mix. A story about finding yourself and finding what makes you happy.
Thoughts: I was moved by this story, Benjamin has such a way with words that made you not want to put the book down. It was such a beautiful read. He is very quotable, he is the next John Green. After reading Salvador’s story it made me so happy. Just the story in a whole was destined to be great. The fact that Sal is raised by a gay dad is just a realness of today’s society. The family aspect was really well made in a way that you don’t have to be blood related to be family. Sal’s family consisted of his dad, mima, Sam, and Fito. Sal does many things for his family like: punching a kid in the face because he called his dad a faggot, punching and yelling at a guy for treating Sam like crap, and giving Fito a home, food, love, and affection; and not reacting to his dads boyfriend. Sal isn’t perfect but he had good intentions whenever he did something bad like punching people in the face and gut. His family always brought him back. Sal is such a relatable character. He doesn’t always seem to fit in,but when he’s with his people he is who he is. Sal faces hard times throughout his senior year of high school. His mima is sick. Her cancer is back and even worse than before. Sal doesn’t know how he’ll cope after what happened when his grandpa died. He received a letter from his dead mom. He comes to a realization after everything happens. It helps him write his college essay for Columbia. I really loved this. I will be picking up my own copy on March 7!