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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life | Benjamin Alire Saenz
Friendships, family, grief, joy, rage, faith, doubt, poetry, and lovethis complex and sensitive book has room for every aspect of growing up!Margarita Engle, Newbery HonorWinning author of The Surrender Tree Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But its senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sals 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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MelKelsey
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"I guess there were some women who just knew how to make tortillas, who liked making them, who fed people with their art."

?? How easy would it be to trade the word "women" with "people" and how much less degrading?

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MelKelsey
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Mehso-so

5: A coming of age story about death, family, adoption, and nurture v. nature. It was a fast read, but the banter was annoying. The character development was limited, and, while they were supposed to be intelligent, the vocabulary they purported as advanced was actually quite common. The WFTD they texted each other were especially basic. It seems unlikely that Mexican American kids, fluent in Spanish, would use "No Bueno" as a catchphrase.

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Soubhiville
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I listened to this because I remember loving Aristotle and Dante a couple years ago. This was just as good!

It‘s the story of Sal, a senior in high school, and his two best friends and his dad. It‘s a story of being an adopted kid trying to decide if you‘d want to know your birth parent. It‘s a story of adolescent anger. It‘s a story of knowing that a loved one is dying of cancer. And it‘s beautifully told.

YA #Recommendsday

CoffeeNBooks I loved Aristotle and Dante, and I loved this one even more! Such a great book! 1mo
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Book_yogi
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Saenz writes quiet and beautiful stories. It‘s funny to say, “quiet,” because there are so many, violent, life changing moments, but that is how his writing feels. He always has at least one parent relationship that is the gold standard, which is also funny because it is often amidst such horrible adult role models. I didn‘t attach to this book quite as much as Aristotle, but appreciate the beauty in his writing non the less.

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StaceyKondla
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Just finished this audiobook. It was lovely and I thoroughly enjoy the voice. I struggled a little with how perfect the family is, but it really is a feel good book. The narration is also excellent.

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In case you need a reminder...

MellieAntoinette Beautiful! 12mo
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Wandering_Resident
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I couldn‘t put this book down. I loved Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, and this book grabbed me in the same way. It‘s hope in a hard time.

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Tianareadslgbt
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“‘Déjate querer.‘ Let yourself be loved.”

Focused on identity, prejudice, and grief, this book is an easy read that deals with complex topics and emotions. Benjamin Alire Sáenz always does such a wonderful job of creating characters that are so beautiful and sweet. This is a great book to read while waiting for the Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe sequel to finally be released!

#lgbtreads #gayya

CoffeeNBooks I love Aristotle & Dante, and I loved this book even more! 13mo
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This is one of those books that would not let me put it down. I know it is an added bonus that I grew up in El Paso, I can see and feel parts of this book in my mind.

The words are beautiful.
Déjate querer.
Let yourself be loved.

CoffeeNBooks I loved this book!! 14mo
tomcat Me too! 14mo
Eggs Loved this book 14mo
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edennugget
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So many important things to learn from this.

Relationships. Friendship. Family. Grief. Interiority. Violence. Anger. Love. Our lives, however inexplicable and illogical and confusing and scary - are what we make them. How we react and what we do with our emotions matter much more than what is thrown at us and what struggles we face.

Also appreciate the diversity and representation. A moving masterpiece. I definitely cried at the ending events.

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'That's the way it was when you loved someone. You took them everywhere you went - whether they were alive or not.'

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'Grief is a terrible and beautiful thing. The hurt means you loved someone. That you really loved someone.'

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'Déjante querer. Let yourself be loved.'

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'We're not pigs, you know. We're not supposed to live in our own shit.'

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edennugget
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'Maybe everyone's heaven, and we just don't know it.'

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'Seeing someone. Really seeing someone. That's love.'

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'Maybe you think you need to be perfect. If you think of that word, don't listen to it.'

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'Sometimes when you laugh, it has nothing to do with whistling in the dark.'

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'But on that day she was wearing dignity. So much more beautiful than pearls.'

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'Just because my love isn't perfect doesn't mean I don't love you.'

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'Sometimes there were moments when time didn't exist. Or maybe it did exist, but, well, it just didn't matter.'

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'Show me a man without regrets and I'll show you a man without a conscience.'

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'I know you sometimes think that people are like books. But our lives don't have neat logical plots, and we don't always say beautiful, intelligent things like the characters in a novel. That's not the way life is. And we're not like letters - we can't put what we are and stuff it into an envelope and say this is me.'

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edennugget
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I adore this WFTD idea. It's actually something I do - I have the Word Of The Day app and every day I learn a new word 🙈💕

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edennugget
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'Everybody has their own way of loving.'

Love this recurring motif. His grandma loves through food. His uncle through money. Sam's mother through some messed up ways. But the love is there, even if sometimes you can't feel it.

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edennugget
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'Why does it hurt when you love someone? What is it with the human heart? What was it with my heart?'

CoffeeNBooks Great book!! 1y
edennugget @CoffeeNBooks Loving it so far! Definitely living up to the excitement around it :) 1y
CoffeeNBooks @Eden.Ng I didn't think I was going to like this one as much as Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, but I actually liked it more! 1y
edennugget @CoffeeNBooks Wow, really? I'm desperate to read that as well, so hopefully I find it in my local library. Or hey, Christmas is coming up ;) 1y
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'There are only two things you need to learn in life. You need to learn how to forgive. And you need to learn how to be happy.'

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'If it weren't for the river, the whole area would have been nothing but desert. But the river brought water to the fields and turned the landscape into a fertile valley. And I thought, my dad, he's like the river. He bought water to a lot of people – mostly to me, but also to Sam.'

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edennugget
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'She had a beautiful face and a beautiful mind. But there was more to the question of being a person than a face, a body and a mind. There was that other thing called a psychology.'

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edennugget
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'When is the right time for anything? Who knows? Living is an art, not a science.'

Jee_HookedOnBookz True that! 1y
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edennugget
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'It's not where I come from that matters - it's where I'm going.'

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'People hate what they don't understand.'

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'Maybe we don't always know what we have inside us.'

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edennugget
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Also added a dollop of nutella but it looked messy afterwards so luckily I took this safety photo!

CoffeeNBooks I really liked this book! And your food looks delicious! 1y
edennugget @CoffeeNBooks I can't wait to get around to it. I keep featuring books on my TBR in my photos because I have tonnes of school work and no time to read. And thank you! It was delicious! x 1y
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Elma
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Day 16: #bluebooks
Most of these are on my #tbr pile from the library.

#31bookpics @howjessreads

Jee_HookedOnBookz I loved The Nightingale! 1y
Elma @Jee_HookedOnBookz Me too! It was one of those books that I stayed up all night to finish. 1y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Elma 🤗❤️ 1y
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Nutmegnc
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Well-written, accessible for teens, exploration of self, dealing with loss, with subtext of gender identity, lbgtq.

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Kipper-Blackmore
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Did anyone else find Sam's grieving for Sylvia unrealistic and rather jarring? It felt shallow and forced to me.
I enjoyed Aristotle and Dante and felt that the emotional side of that book was handled well, unfortunately, I'm not finding the same with this one.

#lgbt #YA #death

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DragonAuthors
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Just $2.99 for the ebook right now!

A brilliant story of youth at an end, adulthood on the horizon, the meaning of family, the many faces of love, and the difficulty of knowing how to hold on while at the same time letting go. Think of it as a cross between a journal and a memoir, written by a modern teen with an old soul.

https://dragonauthors.com/bookwyrms/2018/09/09/inexplicable-logic-sale/

CoffeeNBooks I just listened to the audiobook of this recently, and I really liked it! 1y
DragonAuthors @CoffeeNBooks Oh that's awesome! I've been starting to listen to audiobooks every once in a while, too. I don't think the narrators always do them justice. Was the narration good too? 1y
CoffeeNBooks @DragonAuthors I thought the narration on this one was pretty good. I definitely think the narration can affect how you feel about a book! 1y
DragonAuthors @CoffeeNBooks Oh, me too! So much! 1y
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Dorianna
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“But you know we‘re always going to have to rely on the goodwill of those of you who are straight for our survival. And that‘s the damned truth.”

TheAnitaAlvarez I loved this book! Specially because the father shares a name of one of my closest friends growing up (full name, even!) (edited) 1y
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Dorianna
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Since I‘m still not over the high Aristotle and Dante gave me I decided to start another Sáenz book and see how this one holds up.

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CoffeeNBooks
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When I first started this one, I didn't think I was going to like it as much as I'd liked Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. But, this one quickly grew on me, and I actually ended up liking it more. It deals with the strong bonds of family, both biological family and chosen family.

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Stephaniereads1
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My book club is doing a readathon. So excited. https://www.facebook.com/groups/693260370883251/

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MatchlessMarie
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When your fave notices you on twitter. 😍💀

elyseh I love that! 1y
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Stephaniereads1
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Using this book as my 30 hour#24in48 under the Radar challenge. No one mentions this book and it is beautiful, and sad. It‘s a must read for me. I absolutely loved it.

MatchlessMarie I almost used this one too. I think I loved this one even more than Aristotle and Dante and I loved the shit out of that book. 1y
Stephaniereads1 Same! I thought Aristotle and Dante was amazing and then I read this one. What a beautiful book! 1y
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Victoriahoperose
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This book was awesome. It started off a little bit strange and I wasn‘t really sure what was going to come of it, but it was a story about non traditional family, hardship, and love in every form. It‘s great for YA, but as an adult, I really loved this and could relate. #goodreadsgiveaways

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Benjamin Alire Sáenz is quickly becoming a favorite #YA author. His are books that are inclusive of Latinx LGBTQ characters with wonderful emotional depth... They also give us a peek at the acceptance (or non-acceptance) of said characters based on their Cultural views. This book was 4/4.5🌟

minkyb So true. 2y
vkois88 @minkyb 👍👍 2y
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