The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
Score: 4.5
From 7 Ratings

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life


  • Author : Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2017-03-07
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9780544583528


The Inexplicable Logic of My Life Book Description :

A “mesmerizing, poetic exploration of family, friendship, love and loss” from the acclaimed author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. (New York Times Book Review) 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.

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life


  • Author : Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-11-30
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9781471171048


The Inexplicable Logic of My Life Book Description :

A warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging, infused with humour, from the bestselling author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. 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? '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, author of The Surrender Tree ‘… another stellar, gentle look into the emotional lives of teens on the cusp of adulthood’ Kirkus Reviews Praise for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe: ‘… a smart, intelligent, engaging coming-of-age story and a deep, thoughtful exploration of identity and sexuality’ The Book Smugglers ‘Meticulous pacing and finely nuanced characters underpin the author's gift for affecting prose that illuminates the struggles within relationships’ Kirkus Reviews, starred review

He Forgot to Say Goodbye
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

He Forgot to Say Goodbye


  • Author : Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2008-06-17
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781416974949


He Forgot to Say Goodbye Book Description :

"I mean, it's not as if I want a father. I have a father. It's just that I don't know who he is or where he is. But I have one." Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove don't appear to have much in common. Ram lives in the Mexican-American working-class barrio of El Paso called "Dizzy Land." His brother is sinking into a world of drugs, wreaking havoc in their household. Jake is a rich West Side white boy who has developed a problem managing his anger. An only child, he is a misfit in his mother's shallow and materialistic world. But Ram and Jake do have one thing in common: They are lost boys who have never met their fathers. This sad fact has left both of them undeniably scarred and obsessed with the men who abandoned them. As Jake and Ram overcome their suspicions of each other, they begin to move away from their loner existences and realize that they are capable of reaching out beyond their wounds and the neighborhoods that they grew up in. Their friendship becomes a healing in a world of hurt. San Antonio Express-News wrote, "Benjamin Alire Sáenz exquisitely captures the mood and voice of a community, a culture, and a generation"; that is proven again in this beautifully crafted novel.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Score: 4.5
From 2,376 Ratings

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe


  • Author : Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2012-02-21
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 359
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442408920


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Book Description :

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents and his family that he has never asked before.

Last Night I Sang to the Monster
Score: 4.5
From 13 Ratings

Last Night I Sang to the Monster


  • Author : Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Publisher : Cinco Puntos Press
  • Release Date : 2009-09-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 1933693797


Last Night I Sang to the Monster Book Description :

"Sáenz' poetic narrative will captivate readers from the first sentence to the last paragraph of this beautifully written novel. . . . It is also a celebration of life and a song of hope in celebration of family and friendship, one that will resonate loud and long with teens."—Kirkus Reviews "…There is never a question of either Sáenz’s own extraordinary capacity for caring and compassion or the authenticity of the experiences he records in this heartfelt account of healing and hope."—Booklist "Offering insight into [an adolescent's] addiction, dysfunction and mental illness, particularly in the wake of traumatic events, Sáenz's artful rendition of the healing process will not soon be forgotten."—Publishers Weekly "Sáenz weaves together [18-year-old] Zach's past, present, and changing disposition toward his future with stylistic grace and emotional insight. This is a powerful and edifying look into both a tortured psyche and the methods by which it can be healed."—School Library Journal Zach is eighteen. He is bright and articulate. He's also an alcoholic and in rehab instead of high school, but he doesn't remember how he got there. He's not sure he wants to remember. Something bad must have happened. Something really, really bad. Remembering sucks and being alive—well, what's up with that? I have it in my head that when we're born, God writes things down on our hearts. See, on some people's hearts he writes Happy and on some people's hearts he writes Sad and on some people's hearts he writes Crazy on some people's hearts he writes Genius and on some people's hearts he writes Angry and on some people's hearts he writes Winner and on some people's hearts he writes Loser. It's all like a game to him. Him. God. And it's all pretty much random. He takes out his pen and starts writing on our blank hearts. When it came to my turn, he wrote. I don't like God very much. Apparently he doesn't like me very much either. Sad Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a prolific

Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood


  • Author : Benjamin Alire S‡enz
  • Publisher : Cinco Puntos Press
  • Release Date : 2011-05-10
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781933693996


Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood Book Description :

As a Chicano boy living in the unglamorous town of Hollywood, New Mexico, and a member of the graduating class of 1969, Sammy Santos faces the challenges of "gringo" racism, unpopular dress codes, the Vietnam War, barrio violence, and poverty.

Everything Begins   Ends at the Kentucky Club
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Everything Begins Ends at the Kentucky Club


  • Author : Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Publisher : Cinco Puntos Press
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN 10 : 9781935955320


Everything Begins Ends at the Kentucky Club Book Description :

Presents a collection of short stories about contradiction and conflict in the lives of those who reside on the border lands around the Rio Grande.

The Porcupine of Truth
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

The Porcupine of Truth


  • Author : Bill Konigsberg
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2015-05-26
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545648943


The Porcupine of Truth Book Description :

The author of Openly Straight returns with an epic road trip involving family history, gay history, the girlfriend our hero can't have, the grandfather he never knew, and the Porcupine of Truth

The End of the Day
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

The End of the Day


  • Author : Claire North
  • Publisher : Redhook
  • Release Date : 2017-04-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780316316767


The End of the Day Book Description :

A novel about life and death and a quest for moral purpose, by the acclaimed author of word-of-mouth bestseller The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. "Wholly original and hauntingly beautiful."--Kirkus "Funny, ambitious, immensely humane and full of philosophical panache."--Sunday Times Sooner or later, Death visits everyone. Before that, they meet Charlie: the Harbinger. Sometimes he comes as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. Either way, this will be the most important meeting of your life. But who will come for Charlie? "A fascinating exploration of what makes us human--and a riveting journey through life, and death."--The Bookbag "Reaffirms the passion and ambition that have made North such a consistently intriguing writer."--Locus More by Claire North:The Gameshouse84KThe End of the DayThe Sudden Appearance of HopeTouchThe First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter


  • Author : Erika L. Sanchez
  • Publisher : Ember
  • Release Date : 2019-03-05
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781524700515


I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Book Description :

National Book Award Finalist! Instant New York Times Bestseller! The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian meets Jane the Virgin in this poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican American home. Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents' house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga's role. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed. But it's not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend, Lorena, and her first love (first everything), Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister's story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?