The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

Reviewed by Melanie on July 10, 2017


I’ve restarted this review a few times now. Nothing seeming to really express how much I enjoyed this book, and how beautifully it is written. It’s always difficult to write a review without giving away much of the story, so this will probably be short and sweet.

This book had me laughing out loud and also grabbing for tissues. All of the key moments of the book add up to this great culmination of a coming of age story. Of Sal finding his place not just in his family, but in his life, and being comfortable with who he is and how he arrived here.

All of the characters are beautifully written. Sal, by far my favorite has a perspective and understanding on life, and his life especially that many adults will never understand. He’s passionate about protecting those around him, and will do all he can to keep those he loves from being hurt. As Sal and Samantha both learn, you can’t always be shielded from pain and hurt.

I really enjoyed the book and struggled between four and five moose tracks. Never before have I considered a 4.5, but that’s where this is. Almost perfect!

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life Book Cover The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Young Adult, Contemporary, GLBT
Listening Library
March 7, 2017

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.

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