The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

“A beautiful story with many realistic events and friendships for life”.


The Inexplicable Logic of My Life is about the 17-year-old boy Salvador, ‘Sal’ or ‘Sally’ to his friends. His mother died when he was only three years old, after which he was adopted by Vincent who used to be friends with his mother. At one point, Salvador notices that his personality is changing. He gets angry very quickly and beats up his classmates. Salvador wonders why this is happening and he thinks more and more about his two fathers and his life. What aspects of his life have been influenced by his adoptive father and what with his biological father? Together with his two best friends Samantha, also known as ‘Sam’ and Fido, he reflects on the inexplicable logic of his life and tries to find out who he really is.


When I went to Yalfest in 2019 and heard Benjamin Alire Sáenz talk about his book, I knew that I had to read it. I’ve already read ‘Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe’ and was a huge fan of it, so I knew that I would enjoy this book as well.

The dreamy writing style in Aristotle and Dante is also featured in this book. The same realistic atmosphere and themes return. The short chapters ensure that you finish this book very quickly.

This does not mean that The Inexplicable Logic of My Life is a copy of Sáenz’s previous book. The storyline and the characters are very different. Sadly, this book was much less appealing to me. I’m normally a big fan of the poetic writing style, but this book just didn’t grab me as much.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz does manage to create a beautiful book. I think that a lot of people will appreciate this book more than I do, because I so get that this is a wonderful book.


A beautiful book with a dreamy writing style and small chapters. Unfortunately, this book was less appealing than the previous book, but I understand that loads of people enjoy this book more.

Product information
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Pages: 436
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 9780544586505
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