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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

Written by: Benjamin A. Sáenz
Narrated by: Robbie Daymond
Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 who he thought he was, who is he?

This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph.

©2017 Benjamin A. Saenz (P)2017 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Friendships, family, grief, joy, rage, faith, doubt, poetry, and love - this complex and sensitive book has room for every aspect of growing up!" (Margarita Engle, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Surrender Tree)
"Narrator Robbie Daymond's soft, calming tone is appropriate for the peaceful world of 17-year-old Sal.... Daymond's narration, though low-key, gives rounded portraits of all the story's characters and doesn't minimize Sal's heartache or his attempts to control his temper." ( AudioFile)

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  • Chwisty Bawwett
  • 11-04-17

Happy Birthday to me!

I just want to say that I love the way his books make me feel. I love that there's no real plot, we just get to live with the characters for a snip-it of their lives. I love the way the author describes what's in the hearts of his characters. I just feel so good all over... I hope someone is loving this author. Cause I want to put him in my pocket and keep him with me always. I finished this book on my birthday, and there couldn't have been a better gift for myself.

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  • Rodrigo Chavez
  • 04-04-18

Nurture

Wonderful story telling. I love and care about the people in this book, he makes them real. Beautiful words.

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  • Anthony D Ungerman
  • 21-02-20

Boring and disappointing

After how much I loved Aristotle and Dante, I was shocked by the fact I couldn’t get through this one. Don’t even download it. It’s self indulgent and boring.

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  • Sara Kershnar
  • 08-05-19

A very moving story about loss and our ability to keep living and loving

A well written and thoughtful story of young adults struggling with life’s most painful and beautiful moments. Stories of the true power of love and what it means to stand up for and with those we love. Also a story about loss and how we get through it.

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  • JD Hood
  • 29-03-19

Simply Fantastic ...

Both the story and narration are extremely well done. Which is to say they are complementary in the very best of ways.

If your unsure, try the sample. But absolutely give this author and narrator the chance to demonstrate what others hope to be.

Great job!!!

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  • Silvia Gamez
  • 26-03-19

beautiful snapshot in Sally's life

I had read Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe and loved Final Fantasy XV. so when I heard the voice of Prompto did the audio book, I had to listen. While the book doesn't have an overarching plot, I think it makes it more relatable with memorable characters and a glimpse into a person's pains. the best part about this book was the platonic love. A love between Father and Son and amongst friends.

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  • Julie
  • 10-01-19

Tried, but did not finish

I loved Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe so much, that I was really surprised at my reaction to this book. I kept going, even as it seemed to drag more as I went, and while things happened in the plot, it felt more like just a series of events rather than a story that was moving intentionally in one direction. I love a good character-driven story, so the issue was not that this wasn’t a plot-driven novel. The other problem for me was that it felt like reading a story about high school kids written by an adult who thought this is how high school kids act and think, as opposed to a story with high school kids that felt authentic to who those kids are at that age and stage in their life. There was too much self-analysis and summarizing of feelings and action, which threw me out of the story and made it difficult for me to connect with the characters. The narration was very good, but after 7 hours, with 4 more to go, I felt it was time to move on to something else (even though I hate not to finish a book).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-19

Perfect

It was amazing you will have lots of questions and at one point or another it will be answered it has multiple cliff hangers at end of chapters absolutely perfect.

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  • Columbia Pete
  • 18-11-18

A touching coming of age story.

I enjoyed the story of Salvador and his relationship with his father, Sam, and Vito. The struggles he had dealing with his feelings, having lost his mother when he was young and the commitment of friendship make a very enjoyable listen.

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  • Ili
  • 03-11-18

Beautiful story and beautiful narration

Absolutely beautiful all way around. The story was really beautiful, but the narration took it to a whole new level.

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  • Charlotte Selby
  • 29-07-19

Writing outweighs the story

With this author I think I prefer his words to how he tells the story.

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  • Harpy
  • 02-07-19

Stunning

Another stunning book from an author who is becoming a firm favourite of mine. Beautifully written and full of love and grace.

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  • hantipa
  • 08-06-19

Sweet story and narration

This is another beautiful story by Benjamin Alice Saenz.
I love the pace telling the story, and the tones chosen by the narrator: his approach is not only thoughtful, but he successfully transmitted the joy of sharing this dramatic but fundamentally sweet story about coming of age, family and friendship. This narration definitely helps to make the experience of listening to this book more enjoyable.

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  • N. Arkasrivorn
  • 10-06-18

Beautiful.

A moving and emotional listen. Addictive as it was charming. As with Sánez's Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe, I have a feeling this will stay with me for a long time to come.

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  • moo
  • 18-07-18

Breathe taking

well written story describing the uos and downs of being a teenager truly beautiful and well read