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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

By: Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. Now it's senior year, and suddenly Sal is questioning everything.

ISBN: 9780544586505

JLG Release: Apr 2017


Sensitive Areas: Language: Strong Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion
Topics: Identity , Adoption , Families , Friendship , Death , Mexican Americans , Grief

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Awards & Honors

2018 Capitol Choices, Ages Fourteen and Up
YALSA 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults
CCBC Choices 2018 Choice: Fiction for Young Adults
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Teen Books
Goodreads Choice Awards 2017, Young Adult Fiction
BuzzFeed 28 Best YA Books of 2017
NPR’s Book Concierge, 2017 Great Reads

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

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Seventeen-year-old Salvador has always been close to his single, gay, adoptive father; his loving grandmother, Mima; his extended Mexican American family; and his loyal best friend, Samantha. After getting into two fistfights at the start of senior year, Sal finds that he’s “starting to ask myself a lot of questions that I never used to Seventeen-year-old Salvador has always been close to his single, gay, adoptive father; his loving grandmother, Mima; his extended Mexican American family; and his loyal best friend, Samantha. After getting into two fistfights at the start of senior year, Sal finds that he’s “starting to ask myself a lot of questions that I never used to ask. I used to be okay with everything, and now I was going around hitting people.” Things get more complicated after Mima’s cancer returns, Sam loses her mother in a car accident (and moves in with Sal and his father), and Dad reconnects with an old flame and begins dating again. As mild-mannered, self-effacing Sal narrates his story, readers gradually come to feel the profound importance of family and friends, the dignity and worth of the human spirit, and the transcendent power of love. Sáenz’s distinctive prose style is lyrical and philosophical: “Salvie, I have a theory that you can’t sell yourself on an application form because you don’t believe there’s much to sell. You tell yourself that you’re just this ordinary guy . . . There’s nothing ordinary about you. Nothing ordinary at all.” jonathan hunt

Book Details

ISBN

9780544586505

First Release

April 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

464

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.4; Points: 12;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.5; Points: 21;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Clarion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Strong Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion

Topics

Identity, Adoption, Families, Friendship, Death, Mexican Americans, Grief,

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