The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
Clarion Books | March 7, 2017
I really hate the title of this book. Trying to remember it is killer, I don’t know why. It doesn’t really roll off the tongue with ease, which means I always have to look at the physical book to remind myself.
Anyway, The Inexplicable Logic of my Life was an interesting read. There wasn’t a heavy plot, just a family of teenagers trying to figure out where their lives were going. The story had a philosophical tone to it I think may have rubbed some readers the wrong way, but this reader loved it. I love reading about characters who are introspective, I love plots that are thought provoking. The Inexplicable Logic of my Life was definitely both.
Sal, Sam, and Fido were an interesting group to follow. They had a really easy banter that made me chuckle, and it helped the story flow pretty quickly. Supposedly the book is over 450 pages, yet I feel like I blew through it. I didn’t even have a favorite between them. Each of them was an individual, yet somehow together they were like one. I should also mention there wasn’t really a romance in the story at all. Normally I like a romance that’s appropriate to the plot, but in this case it was perfect without a love story at all. This story was about friendship and family, a romance would have overshadowed everything. It would have detracted from the story.
What I loved more than the kids was Sal’s family. The entire family was incredible, but Uncle Mickey, Mima, and Sal’s dad Vicente were outstanding. Of course, since I’m a sucker for parental roles in books, Sal and his dad’s relationship was my favorite part of the story. I loved how they were as much of a focus as the friendship was. I’m drawn to healthy parent child relationships, and Vicente and Sal’s was remarkable. I loved Vicente.
Despite all that love, the book wasn’t without flaws. My rating fluctuates between 3.5 and 4 stars, which I rounded up for my review. My biggest issue was too much happened to the kids, and it made the plot feel unrealistic. For those of you who’ve read it, I’m talking about Mima, Sam’s mom, and Fido’s mom all dying in the same 6 months. (Highlight the above if you want the spoiler.) In my head a plot needs balance. It can’t tip too far into the heavy before I start to doubt what I’m reading. The Inexplicable Logic of my Life definitely tipped the scale too far for me.
Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, I only have one gripe. While it is a rather large one, it makes me feel more secure in my 4 star rating. My final thoughts: I liked this one more than Aristotle & Dante, but I’m not 100% sold on either of them. Maybe I’ll be blown away whatever he writes next. I have a feeling I’ll be reading that one too.