Author: Eric Luper
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Hardcover, 293 pages
Date Published: June 1, 2010
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Seth Baumgartner just had the worst day of his life: His girlfriend dumped him (at Applebee’s), he spied his father on a date with a woman who is not his mother (also at Applebee’s!), and he lost his fourth job of the year. It’s like every relationship he cares about is imploding, and he can’t figure out what’s going on.
To find answers, Seth decides to start an anonymous podcast called The Love Manifesto, exploring “what love is, why love is, and why we’re stupid enough to keep going back for more.” Things start looking up when Seth gets a job at a golf club with his hilarious and smut-minded best friend, Dimitri, and Dimitri’s sister, Audrey. With their help, Seth tracks down his father’s mystery date, hits the most infamous bogey in the history of golf, and discovers that sometimes love means eating the worst chicken-salad sandwich you can ever imagine
Words cannot explain the awesomeness that is Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto. This is a gushing, glowing review filled with adoration and possible squeeing. Be prepared:
Seth’s journey to find out what love is and why we go back to after it tears us apart is heartfelt, touching, hilarious, and honest. Eric Luper writes with a fluidity and wit. His pop culture references lighten every page and make Seth, his best friend Dimitri, and Dimitri’s sister Audrey feel like they are teenagers from down the street.
Seth’s bitterness towards love and his father’s infidelity keep the story on track, despite the fact that every chapter holds some form of humor. We never forget that The Love Manifesto is about Seth’s anti-love sentiment now that his heart has been broken. We don’t forget, but Seth’s day to day life left me rolling with laughter, smiling maniacally, and often snorting so loudly I woke my cat. Seth’s soundtrack to his podcast had me scrolling through my iPod, hoping I had the songs to go along with what he was feeling, and lucky for me, I had more than a few of the songs.
Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto is more than just a breakup story that begins in an Applebee’s. It’s about first loves, first losses, family, and the desire to feel like love has a purpose, that it is so much more than a kiss and a look. Luper put it best, love is important, and this is Seth’s journey to find out why.
Opening line(s): “Come on, Seth. Say something.” ~ pg. 1
Favorite line(s): I felt bad for Audrey back then. She looked so tiny, so thin and delicate. Things sure have changed. Nowadays, I suspect Audrey could handle herself in a saloon full of undead barbarian pirate ogres. ~ pg. 117-118
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.
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