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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen contemplates family, grief in slow but wise novel.

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Despite moments of extraordinary drama and very short chapters, Benjamin Alire Sáenz's moving novel about an adopted teen trying to figure out where he belongs progresses at a glacial pace. But patient readers who stick with The Inexplicable Logic of My Life will be rewarded with remarkable characters and relationships and a sincere message about finding hope in times of darkness and uncertainty.

Sáenz beautifully captures the camaraderie of adolescent friendships, from affectionate teasing to deep philosophical discussions. Texting reinforces the close tie between Sal and Sam, who sometimes chat via text even when alone together in the same room. Holding the emotional center is Sal's father, whose gentle spirit and fierce compassion show the sustaining power of love. There are precious few certainties in life, Sal grows to understand, but there is a special beauty to letting go and accepting change, however unexpected.

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