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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

by Benjamin Alire SŠenz

Published by Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
464 pages
ISBN: 978-0-544-58650-5

Age 13 and older

High school senior Sal(vador) Silva was 3 when his mom died. Adopted by Vicente, his momís best friend, the love between father and son is palpable. Salís best friend, Sam(antha) Diaz, has a single mom so wrapped up in her own life that Sam feels like an afterthought. Salís friend Fito lives in a family of addicts and works two jobs to survive, his hopes on college. Sal has a good life and he knows it. So why is he suddenly full of rage? He lashes out even before he learns that Mima, his grandmother, is dying. Mima means the world to Sal, his dad, and their extended Mexican American family, in which itís never mattered that Sal is white. Sal worries his instinct to respond with his fistsóto a whispered a slur about his dad, who is gay, or to a boy who treats Sam badlyóis a trait from the birth father heís never cared to find out about. It makes the letter his dad has given him, which his mom wrote for him before she died, too scary to open. Several explosive events disrupt the shifting currents of daily life in a deeply felt story also graced with moments of humor. Exquisitely realized and genuine, itís about living and struggling and loss and regret. Itís about changing relationships and growing up and friendshp. Itís about the power of language. Above all, itís about expansiveness of the words ďloveĒ and ďfamily.Ē ©2017 Cooperative Childrenís Book Center

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