This is How You Lose Her (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

This is How You Lose Her (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Junot Díaz

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Acclaimed author Diaz turns his remarkable talent to the haunting, impossible power of love—obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love—in this story collection.  See more details below


Acclaimed author Diaz turns his remarkable talent to the haunting, impossible power of love—obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love—in this story collection.

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This Is How You Lose Her 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author Junot Diaz has crafted a wonderful, intensely entertaining story about Yunior, a young Dominican immigrant who previously appeared as a side character in his Pulitzer Prize winning novel "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao". In this book Yunior is the central figure, occupying a place in nearly all of the nine tales within. The main theme of the stories involves his search for love. Like with most of us, the search contains a myriad of ups and downs. Yunior grew up in the macho, Dominican world of his male role models, namely his father and brother. While learning from their ways with women, Yunior finds himself interested in other, less macho pursuits, such as comic books and science fiction. The book jumps from his first days in the U.S. as a young boy (learning to speak English from TV) to his teen years and through adulthood. Diaz's writing is infused with pop culture references (most of which I got), Spanish slang (some of which I got), and Dominican references. The tales run the gamut from funny to sad to uplifting. The chapter about the death of his older brother from cancer was particularly affecting and stayed with me. Overall, it's a fascinating pastiche of stories, all with the central theme of love, romance, and even sex. Diaz has crafted a tale worthy of the many comparisons to author Phillip Roth. His stories all intertwine together with a familiar voice, to make a read worthy of a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the complexities of how the male psyche deals with love, culture, and finding oneself. If you enjoy this book, I highly recommend that you read Anthony Youn's "In Stitches." This immensely entertaining memoir follows the author, an Asian American, as he struggles with many of the same poignant relationship issues as Yunior, except with a completely different set of surroundings and upbringing. While reading Diaz's book, I was reminded many times of Youn's story, and the fact that our longing for love is universal, no matter our race, ethnicity, or personality. Youn's is a coming-of-age story that made me laugh, cry, and just overall feel. Isn't that what we all look for in a story, and, I suppose, life in general?
Asiaelle More than 1 year ago
Junot Diaz never ceases to wow me. Seeing more of Yunior in this book and Rafa. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was initially put off by the narcissistic, womanizing protagonist, but soon the interconnecting stories became more intriguing and the reader comes to understand why Yunior acts the way he does. Diaz deserves his many accolades.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although for an English audience this may be a little challenging because of the use of Dominican slang the overall concept is there. This book does not necessarily have your average plot of a developing story but rather a string of little novels that explain how Yunior was able to lose every female companion. Agreed it is probably not as adhesive as we are used to because there is not defined beginning, middle and end but that is what gives this book its character. Yes the book could come of as racist, but you have to see it from the point of view of the character and not the author. He came from another country and being raised by a father who was nothing less than ignorant then yes those views will most definitely embody the person Yunior turns out to be. But the gritty parts of the book: the romance or maybe lack thereof and the sex because there was no love making, were nothing but excellent depictions of what a lot of people frequently experience. Junot did an excellent job of letting us into this character's world and slowly revealing to us why Yunior turned out the way he did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE THIS BOOK! I have read the book "Drown" in my english class and liked it so much that I ordered this one. I found this to be even better. Im shocked that some people have given it one star. I guess people get upset by the bad language and such but the shock factor is one of the things that make it so great! Now I am waiting for "The brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" to come in the mail!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second collection of short fiction that I've read by Junot Diaz. Here Diaz explores various types of love (physical and romantic) through his protagonist Yunior. The writing is playful, fast paced, and full of references to popular culture. If your life is marked by being in and out of love, this collection could be a companion for your journey. Also recommended: "Jenna's Flaw"
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KatrinaO More than 1 year ago
Realistic and heart-breaking; a must read for everyone who has been, is currently into AND PLANNING into going through the relationship CHEATING. Haha. “A cheater’s guide to love.”
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BlkGrlwithLibrary More than 1 year ago
After reading "the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" I found myself hungry for other stories by this writer. This book was hardly disappointing and a quick, yet entertaining read. I absolutely adore the way Díaz gets right into the story weaving English and Spanish in a way you forget you are reading. Yet alone, reading in another language. 'This is How You Lose Her' makes you think about the relationships you have had and lost for whatever reasons, and how the really good ones you never really get over.
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Pura Principle is FUNNY chapter. It's not a great book but it's funny and interesting but make sure you speak spanish or hang out with dominicans. Just for the lingo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suitable entertaining, quick read.
ImagineNation76 More than 1 year ago
I was strangely enthralled by this book.  While I found some of it reprehensible, it nevertheless made sense.  I was surprised that what should've bothered me, though I did find it offensive at times, didn't really bother me.  I guess you can say that the story advances in such a way that what you find to be offensive or questionable is quickly brushed aside to make room for the new set of circumstances that is coming your way.   I can see that some people will have issues with the language, as Diaz freely peppers the novel with Spanish words and phrases throughout.  And, it's specifically of the Dominican persuasion.  So, even if you are fluent in Spanish, as I am, some of the terminology might be a bit difficult at first.  But, I say, roll with it. It truly is a great story of a young man with no real male role model being raised in an atmosphere rife with machismo that affects him and his relationships for years, culminating with how he loses the one woman that he ever really cared about.
rubenesque More than 1 year ago
I was pleased to find your page of discourse between two authors who are both friends and rivals. It has inspired me to start writing. I have been threatening for years to write of my life and some of the most amazing people anyone would like to meet. At this time in my life, (I am living in an assisted living facility) A friend and neighbor has labeled it as five floors of coconuts.
kirinicole More than 1 year ago
A breath of fresh air in fiction writing. I was left wanting more from Yunior.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great and entertaining book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite engaging from the get-go. Funny, poignant, desperate stories of love and longing. I especially enjoyed the intermingling of Spanish dialect throughout the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the changes in perspective throughout the text, forced me to consider the choices that I would have made their situation and recognize when I was being quick to judge characters for their behaviors. His writing is a wonderful flurry of life
luishi More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book but in my opinion you need to know Spanish to really understand its meaning and to truly enjoy it. The Spanish quotes are so clever and full of meaning that I almost feel the author should have taken the time to translate them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I should start by saying that I did not finish this book. I am not into trashy love stories and from the reviews I read I thought the book would  be beautifully written love story with a cultural twist. This book was not what I expected. 
Lees0909 More than 1 year ago
Kept reading hoping it would improve....2 thumbs down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago