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A Lógica Inexplicável da Minha Vida, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

sascharasch's review against another edition

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5.0

“maybe everything looked normal on the outside. on the inside, well, there was always some kind of hurricane spinning around”

this book was so amazing! i really loved it (maybe even more than ari and dante)
first of all, the characters where so amazing. i really loved salvador and his was of thinking. vicente was such anamazing dad in everything that he did. sam gave a bit more feist to the story which i really liked. fito was such a cute bean. everyone deserves all the hapiness in the world.
the plot was really amazing. i enjoyed every single page.
100% a 5/5 stars for me

voidfish's review against another edition

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5.0

I cried for about an hour after I finished reading this. Now that I've finished it, I guess you can say I was relieved that Benjamin's writing style was exactly the same, and some part of me was worried it would have changed. But it felt like coming home, and I think that was the biggest take-away from this novel: home is in the people you love and the ones you surround yourself with, and this book feels like what I always wanted home to be. I'll always come back to it.

bgjq1993's review against another edition

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5.0

"Déjate querer."

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life, in a lot of ways (all good) reminded me of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Sally's journey to acceptance and self-discovery was honestly beautiful and I bawled my eyes out at the end.

alfletcher's review against another edition

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dark emotional hopeful reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

infcrnos's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional hopeful inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.5

realbooksandwine's review against another edition

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5.0

The Inexplicable Logic Of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz is one of those books that I just HAD to read.Read my full review here Link goes live 8/11/2017

venereanlibrary's review against another edition

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4.0

i was really slow with this book.

i've had it sitting on my shelf for months, not really urgent to reading it.

i regret that now.

i've come to love benjamin's words, and how poetic he is with his descriptions, and how vivid and real his characters are. and i've come to love this book too. i love how it was about family, and identity, and not having one clue about who you are, and the stress of senior year and universities which is all too fresh in my mind, and it's also about love. and friendship. and how love can be found in many more forms than just the romantic kind.

i felt warm and loved reading this.

(i also cried but when do i not cry?)

conniexreads's review against another edition

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4.0

4.2/5 ★

sofiabookathought's review against another edition

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5.0


REALEASE DAY!


I want to thank Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review :)


I really liked it, like a lot!, I still like Ari and Dante a little bit more, but anyway the writing style of this book is just as wonderful


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4.25 / 5 Stars


I'll leave you a little bit of the synopsis so you can know what the story is about and we just start talking about it.

Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it's senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal's not what he thought he was, who is he? This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph.


I believe that the plot in brief is about Salvador trying to find himself and find out who he really is, when I started to read the story and I became more acquainted with this character, I immediately realized that he's a lost boy , ie, I like him and you learn to love him , it's sweet and generous, but at the same time things begin to happen to him, he has changes in her personality where he become aggressive at timest, his puzzles him and makes him think that maybe it's not as good as everyone says it is. Which makes you think that he sincerely can't find him place in the world and many things are going through him head. For what I could say is a self discovery trip to Salvador, where we will see him go through many stages of growth, we will see him suffer, laugh, and learn how life works.


Vicente is the Salvador's adoptive father , he's simply UNIQUE, I love this character from the beginning and I end up just loving him more, I'm amazed by his behavior, he's so warm, kind, understandable, he's just a Great Father, not just for Salavador, for Sal's friends too.
I like so much how he manages his sexuality, being open and honest with his son, I've highly valued that.


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Samhas been Sal's best friend since ever, and the relationship between them is quite particular to me.
They are completely opposite characters and even so they're capable to build one of the most solid friendship I've read.
Sam is strong and independent, she's very problematic on the one hand but on the other you can see how fragile she is, she needs that love that Sal offers and Sal needs the raw reality that Sam can offer him, they are a great team.
There were moments that I have to confess that I could feel a sexual tention between them at times or at least that's what I've perceive.
In short I've loved this relationship, one of my favorite things in the book.


Then we have Fito, also a friend of Sal, he is one of the most adorable people in the world, is that he has touched my heart, he comes from an abusive family and with a lot of drugs and yet he has had the ability to take care of himself and to be always directed to the right path, this character destroys my heart, because my mind can't understand so much suffering and loneliness for which he has passed and I just want to hug him forever.


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Family is the main theme of the book, that is very easy to see, the intra-family relationships and the different problems within it.

Each of these characters has a totally different life experience, which makes them unique and they can also have incomprehensible personalities, react in a way and talk in a way that seems inappropriate, but do you know what?
Yes, there were things that made me uncomfortable for moments, things that you will see when you read the book, but there is more than that, you have to keep in mind, that the ability to create characters so real that Benjamin has, is incredible, no one will react like another, and maybe that's a problem for you but it's the reality and I love the variety of personalities in this.
And I clarify this because I have seen that some people felt offended or thought that some expressions of the book were out of place, and that can happen , of course!, but that comes with the variety, and is that no one is equal to anyone, nor thinks the same as anyone, and above all no one is expressed in the same way and it's important to take that into account before judging an entire book just for a few unfortunate phrases, Just keep an open mind. But that's just my opinion :).


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If you want to know why my note hasn't been complete, it's simply because I felt that the book is too long, the chapters are short which is great, but at the same time there are repetitive chapters and that's annoying me.


Good to finish because I left a little long, YES.Will I recommend the book?
The plot is very complete, has topics such as adoption, diseases, sexuality, friendship, family, self discovery and loss.
If you are interested in something of this , then you will probably enjoy it.

lilyelfgreen's review against another edition

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5.0

Nádherný! Ten styl psaní je stejně úžasný jako v autorově předchozí knize Ari a Dante. A i ty úžasné myšlenky tady nechybí.
Krásný motiv nalezené rodiny (found family trope).
A bonus navíc, žádná romantická linka v téhle YA contemporary.