Monday, November 1, 2010

Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto by Eric Luper

Title: Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto
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

After losing his girlfriend, losing his job, and witnessing his dad out with a woman that is not his mother, Seth Baumgartner realizes that he is having a very bad day. The disintegration of love around him inspires Seth to start a podcast aptly titled The Love Manifesto, in which he is decidedly against love, but in his summer without love, Seth begins to realize that maybe it’s there after all; you just have to look for it.

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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Coffee and a Book Chick said...

Ooh, this sounds delightful!!!! Great post and thanks for putting it on the radar!!

~The Book Pixie said...

I loved this book and think more people should know about it! YA could really use more novels like this. Glad to see you loved it as well. :D


Melissa said...

Sounds really good...going to add this to my WL.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I loved this book so much! And so much more than I imagined. It is well worth it :D

Bere said...

Oooooh goodness! Super brilliant review, Nikki! I have this one on my reading list but now with your review I feel like I need to get it ASAP! Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto sounds so good and like so much fun. Thanks so much, Nikki, wonderful review as always. =D

Candace said...

Okay, I missed this review before, but you sold me! It's going on my list for sure!

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