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“I spent last night with Yunior. I read his heartbreak on the treadmill. I carried his infidelity with me into the bath. I laid down with his grief over losing his brother to cancer, and his incomprehension at losing his father to another woman. I awoke to his final story - "the cheater's guide" -...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Perhaps my own failing as a reader influenced my evaluation, but I found the litany of women used by this first-person narrator insulting: like a list of conquests with a caveat of "I'm sorry I did this because I really loved . . . " a weak excuse for flaunting his conquests. The writing did...”see full review » see other reviews »
“It was a story about a man's experience with women as well as his brother's. It was boring to me. He used Spanish expressions I did not understand as well as no quotations for the spoken words. I was also confused at times because he would start a first person paragraph but I had to clue who the character was at that point .”Lisa wrote this review Friday, May 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a very interesting book, while bizarre, I couldn't put it down. Makes you think a lot..got some good quotes. ”Daniel A wrote this review Wednesday, May 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The contrast of Yunior's insatiable search for love and his complete inability to commit makes for an interesting character portrait. I found the structure of the novel to be unique and the writing style was refreshing even if forcibly raunchy at times. All in all, it was fairly enjoyable but also somewhat forgettable. Diaz seems like a smart guy, so I imagine there are some hidden gems for the reader who wants to take the time to pick it over with a fine tooth comb. ”David wrote this review Tuesday, May 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I can see now why Miguel Syjuco is compared to Diaz. I much preferred this book to Oscar Wao.”iyadls wrote this review Monday, May 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is How You Lose Her is a novel written in short story form. The main character, Yunior, is a tragic but compelling individual. I really liked him, even though he liked to sleep around on his women and had some of his own issues to get over. Living in America but born in Santo Domingo, Yunior was trying to adjust and live life, all while chasing as many women as possible.
While I was reading, I came across this quote that made me laugh. This occurred while Yunior and his mother were discussing a neighbor who didn’t have any children:
“Maybe she just doesn’t like children.” ”Nobody likes children, your mother assured you. That doesn’t mean you don’t have them.” (p. 153)
I highly recommend this book!
Thanks for reading,
Rebecca @ Love at First Book”
“There is no denying that Junot Diaz has a very unique voice. He expresses certain ideas and emotions in a way I have never read before but still, this book left me dissatisfied. The protagonist, Yunior's entire life seems like an exercise in self-sabotage rooted in his displacement, his turbulent relationship with the men in his life and contradictory one with women. There is very little about the immigrant experience that has not already been written and this book does not add another dimension to it. I finished it with the thought, " Can someone please explain what all the hype is for again?" Though, to be fair, it has expanded my vocabulary of Spanish curse words significantly.”aditisodhi wrote this review Thursday, April 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“They are short stories so closely linked that I felt like I was reading a novel. Diaz writes with great skill and a deft touch. Funny, poignant, and a real page turner. ”Brian S wrote this review Saturday, April 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“my third read by J. Diaz & I still don't understand all the hoopla over this author, maybe it's that I don't feel the use of four letter words as 'literature' but i don't know..... plus the sequence is all messed up, why?”scotie wrote this review Thursday, April 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
"It's a start, you say to the room.
That's about it. In the months that follow you bend to the work, because it feels like hope, like grace-- and because you know in your lying cheater's heart that sometimes a start is all we ever get."