Sunday, January 26, 2014

Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto by Eric Luper

by:  Eric Luper
published by:  Balzer + Bray
publish date:  June 28, 2010

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." 

Seth is having a terrible Summer.  He's lost his girlfriend, he's lost his job and he found out his dad is having an affair.   He starts a podcast listing everything he loved about his girlfriend and discussing what love really is.  Seth finally gets another job at the country club so he can practice his swing for the Father Son Golf Tournament and spend more time with his best friend and his sister.  He also realizes his best friend's little sister isn't so little anymore.

I read a lot of reviews about this audiobook and a lot of them mentioned this book being "bawdy" and "raunchy".  I was expecting it to be a lot dirtier than it was, something along the lines of Fat Vampire.  It was definitely more PG than R rated.

I liked this audiobook a lot.  I thought it was a great story and a great message.  So many of the disagreements this book could have been avoided with better communication and just telling the people around you what's on your mind.  I really appreciated that.  I would definitely recommend this book.  There might have been some off color language here and there, but I don't think it was that bad.  It would be ok for most YAs.  Seth was a fun character and I would definitely like more YA books like this.


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