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- ISBN-13: 9780544586505
- ISBN-10: 0544586506
- Publisher: Clarion Books
- Publish Date: March 2017
- Page Count: 464
- Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
- Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.25 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Sáenz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe) explores the relationships of a high school senior during troubling times, in a coming-of-age story suffused with warmth and compassion. Sal is devastated when he learns that his beloved grandmother, Mima, is dying of cancer, but that isnt the only thing on his mind. Hes frightened by the violent impulses within him that have unexpectedly surfaced after one classmate calls his gay adoptive father a faggot and another calls Sal a pinche gringo (Sal punches both offenders). Then theres the unopened letter from Sals late biological mother. Luckily, Sal has support from several loving individuals, including his adopted Mexican-American family, who welcomed him with open arms at age three, and two close friends: Sammy, who remains loyal even after suffering a tragedy of her own, and Fito, who has emerged a survivor despite an unstable family life. Written in short chapters that eloquently describe Sals deepest fears and most intense moments of affection, the story celebrates compassion and the love of family. Ages 12up. Agent: Patricia Moosbrugger, Patricia Moosbrugger Literary. (Mar.)
Relationships bound up in love
BookPage Teen Top Pick, March 2017
Set in the modern-day border town of El Paso, Texas, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life boldly shows the resilient humanity of three high school seniors—sharing their confusions, heartbreaks and thoughtfulness—as they grow to learn that “normal” is a term with far more than one definition.
Salvador is the caring, adopted, white son of an unmarried -Mexican-American man—a famous artist who is openly gay in a Southern town. Samantha is the sassy and smart Mexican-American girl from down the street whom Sal has loved as a sister for as long as he can remember. But Sam’s mother drinks too much, falls in love with the wrong kind of men and fights viciously with her daughter nearly every day. Fito is the gay kid at school who’s determined to graduate, save enough money to go to college and move away. He’s one of the smartest, kindest and hardest working kids at school, but he has never realized it because his drug-addicted mother and abusive family would never let him believe it.
As life toys with Sal, Sam and Fito throughout their senior year, they learn to lean on one another, pick up the pieces and face the world again—and that just might be enough for them to make it through and build a “normal” that’s all their own.
Following his multiple award-winning Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s fifth YA novel is yet another outstanding work of literature in a lauded career. In this noble portrait of a group of friends and their questioning minds, Sáenz has crafted characters so memorable that they’ll remain with you—and inspire you—for a lifetime.