Title: Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto
Author: Eric Luper
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Humor, Love
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.
So it all started at Applebee’s. Seth Baumgartner is on his lunch break with his girlfriend when she dumps him, she says she too “Comfortable with him” while she’s really into her co-worker Anders. It was then that his father walked in with a woman that wasn’t his mother, Seth’s heart was sinking. After his 30 minute lunch break, Seth goes back to his job at Belgian fries express where his boss fires him after his shift because he was late. YIKES! So Seth’s day isn’t going to well. Later that week, Seth launches an anonymous podcast called the Love Manifesto to talk about the reasons he loves his ex-girlfriend, Veronica, his investigation of his father’s affair and other things related to love and why it sucks. Seth’s father wasn’t happy he lost his job since it was his 4th job he got fired from so he gets a job at the country golf club where his family goes and also where he’s training for a father/son competition with his dad. Amidst all this he comes face to face with Luz, his father’s mistress, a few times and even goes in her apartment! Also, he gets in a fight with his best friend Dimitri…
I chose to read book because when Mrs. Yusko gave a brief summary of the book, it sounded really funny and interesting and it also seemed like the type of book I like to read. I think the theme of this book would be perseverance because Seth never gave up on what was going on around him. He got over Veronica and got a new girlfriend, got a new job, and never gave up on investigating his father affair.
I really enjoyed reading this book because it was a quick and easy read. Also, I liked reading this book because the author kept me wanting to read more after every page, in every chapter, the author threw something totally unexpected for me to absorb in. Overall, this book is going to get your emotions up and down like a roller coaster, one minute you are going to despite a character and another minute you will love them. I would recommend this book to teenagers and above and either boys or girls because there is some bad language and even though it’s written from a guy’s perspective, girls could relate to it easily also. Also, I would recommend this book to people who like stories with good twists, romantical comedies, and for people who likes golf because the book talks about some golf terms.
So… what would you do if everything you cared about fell apart in a matter of minutes?
--Nomin, 8th grade
I am so glad that you chose to read this book! As you know, it is one of my favorite stories this year (Top 10 for Summer Reading), and I did recommend it for this project. You can read my brief review here.