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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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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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Nurture

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

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Dragged on

Beginning was good and the end was good...inbetween dragged on. The writing was good but not as beautiful as other books.

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Heartfelt and endearing, although a little simple

Another Saenz story that hits the heart and pulls the strings. I love the author's ability to develop characters that I find so similar to my own experiences. Excellent storytelling. A great read for a teen or adult.

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Such a great story

The story was amazing. I love the author. My only complaint is that the narrator’s version of a girl’s voice is not good. He had that cliche version that people use.

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good story, OK narrator

story alright, narrator does not pronounce words/names with mexican accent, ruined some moments for me.

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  • moo
  • 07-18-18

Breathe taking

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

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  • N. Arkasrivorn
  • 06-10-18

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.