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Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014


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  • Posted June 29, 2011

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    Fun book, Love the Male Perspective!

    SYNOPSIS: After suffering the worst day of his life; girlfriend dumps him, sees his dad with another woman, Seth starts on a journey of exploring love, it's meaning, it's purpose, if it's even worth it. He hashes is out on a podcast, in which he calls himself The Love Manifesto. In his explorations, Seth learns about the chemical ins and outs of love, some lessons in being a good friend and person, and the benefits to eating the world's worst chicken salad sandwich, ever!

    REVIEW: Some of my favorite types of books include 1. Girls who kick butt, and 2. Books told from the male perspective. Considering the title, it's pretty obvious this book is definitely not an option number 1. It's a double bonus when the book is written by a male author too, because it makes me feel like it's a more legit perspective. So here we have two for two! I'm not sure what draws me to male perspective books, except maybe because I'm female? I think had I been smart enough to have actually read books other than the ones assigned to me while I was in High School, and discovered said books, I may have at least had a little more understanding about guys. Or at least could assume that despite what the book may say, men are not from Mars and women are not from Venus. In many ways, it seems as though guys and girls have many of the same doubts and fears, and even expectations of others. It's just how the sexes react that seems to be different. But then again, I'm basing my analysis on a few fiction novels. Anyhow.on with the review, right?

    I felt like I could be friends with Seth Baumgartner. He was the slightly put off, a little sarcastic guy who was dealing with a large load, and in typical teenage fashion, was dealing with it on his own, even if he did have his friends right there with him. He makes honest mistakes and whole heartedly tries to correct them. His best friend, Dimitri, was the slightly overweight, comic relief of the book. Actually, he had some very insightful remarks, thrown in among some that were extremely gross, or mostly ignorant. Dimitri could have a book all on his own, I suspect he has a little bit to learn about self confidence, and perhaps when it's best NOT to say exactly what is on his mind. The relationship between Dimitri and Audrey was classic brother and sister, I honestly have never seen a more true representation in any book. It seems that all of the books I've read recently, the siblings are almost like best friends, but here the relationship is more of an "I'm going to get on your nerves as much as possible, but in the end I've always got your back," kind of understanding.

    While I love music incorporated into books, the "music" in this book was very part and partial to the story in my opinion. Yeah, Seth creates this "anonymous" personality and hashes things out while whining, complaining, and coming to some honest revelations via podcasts, and pairs up his findings with music. I was just not feeling the music, on my end. I was too wrapped up in the other parts of the story I think.

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

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    Hilarious & Heartfelt - I Couldn't Put It Down

    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

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