While it would be far too long to explain everything that makes SAL AND GABI FIX THE UNIVERSE supremely magical, I’ll cover the highlights at least. First, Sal and Gabi are characters who feel so authentic. Sal’s voice is honest, hilarious, and thoughtful. It’s amazing witnessing the story from his perspective because there is never a dull moment, and there is always a certain amount of tenderness behind his actions. He and Gabi are both characters who feel like your own friends just a few chapters in.
Beyond their individual strengths is the heartwarming strength of their friendship together, and their friendship with Yasmany. More than anything, I think this series is about the love of friendship and family (in all forms- found, made, genetically linked, etc). It examines what it means to be a good friend, to be a good family member, and to make sure you reach out to your support networks when you need them. It also shows what can happen when you lose some or all of that love and the pain that comes with it.
Another favorite element in this series is the humor. It’s rare I actually laugh out loud when reading, but this had me full on snort-laughing. I nearly lost it every time someone was called a sandwich.
Packing love, humor, and a quick paced plot, SAL AND GABI FIX THE UNIVERSE is one of my favorite middle grade reads of the year. This is absolutely a series that will go on my “to re-read” shelf.