YAY FOR BOOKS THAT HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY AND FRIENDSHIP!
The first day of senior year:
Everything is about to change. Until this moment, Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family. But now his own history unexpectedly haunts him, and life-altering events force him and his best friend, Samantha, to confront issues of faith, loss, and grief.
Suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and discovering that he no longer knows who he really is—but if Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he? –goodreads.com summary
I’ve just been reading a lot of sad contemporaries lately! I love them because there’s usually something great to learn and they’re usually full of relatable and well written characters. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life is no different.
YAY FOR YA BOOKS THAT ACTUALLY INCLUDE FAMILY DYNAMICS! You don’t only see Sal’s family, who is supportive and super amazing, but you also see Sam and Fito’s family who aren’t always the best. There’s clear contrast between the families and it shows how life isn’t always rainbows and unicorns. It also shows how it’s good to have that family you can always rely on and how that family might not be your biological family. Family can meet more than just genetics.
YAY FOR THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP! A problem I find with a lot of popular YA right now is that it feels as if people think it HAS to include romance. Every book has some type of romance surrounding the main character, and while this isn’t bad, it can get old. I’m SO HAPPY that The Inexplicable Logic of My Life didn’t have any of the mains fall in love with each other, but rather focused on their friendship and how they were practically siblings in one big family.
The romance that did exist between Sal’s dad and Marcos was great! Nothing felt forced and it didn’t take away from the main story with Sal. If anything, this added to Sal’s story because you saw him dealing with his father’s attention shifting from him to both him and Marcos. It was almost like Sal had to share his father for the first time and I totally understand how that could make him a little bitter.
Sam: MY SMOL PRECIOUS CHILD OMG I LOVE HER! WRAP HER IN A BLANKET, GIVE HER SOME HOT CHOCOLATE, AND KEEP HER SAFE!
Sal: DID YOU SAY AN ACTUALLY FLAWED CHARACTER?! He’s so loyal and passionate and I love that! Yeah he gets into fights, but it’s because he CARES! He struggles with getting in fights but it is only because he is so passionate. He has room to change and better himself throughout the novel like any good character should.
The lack of a plot: SO this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It makes the novel feel more real since there isn’t too much of a structured plot, but it’s more like the characters just going through their everyday life. The downside of this choice is that it leaves me without much of a reason to want to stay up reading. I guess this is where the characters should make me want to continue reading but I actually read this one really slow… This isn’t a make or break thing but it’s part of why I didn’t give the novel five stars.
This was such a great contemporary! It talks about many heavier themes such as death, grief, and loss but it can also be heartwarming whenever Sal, Sam and Fido are just hanging out. Their friendship is the core of the novel and it is FABULOUS! Sal’s dad actually has a large roll throughout the novel and that’s something that should be included in more YA novels. It also has a beautiful cover so more reason to go pick this one up! 🙂
Deaths: Sam’s mom death was so sad. While her mom wasn’t really the best person and they didn’t have a great relationship, it was still sad. Sam’s coping with the death of her mother was really well done and I felt like I went on a journey with her and Sal.
Speaking of SAL! Mima getting sick was also HEARTBREAKING! It was so sad seeing Sal dealing with this news and how it hit him randomly throughout the story. Both of these deaths gave Sal and Sam another way to relate to one another and become closer.
Fito’s Mom’s Death: This death wasn’t my favorite… I don’t know but I just didn’t feel it was the best done. It felt kinda of unnecessary since his mom was already mostly out of the story and he was already kind of living with Sal and his dad.