Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto

Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto by Eric Luper

While his girlfriend is breaking up with him, Seth notices his father at a close-by table, obviously having an affair with a Latina woman. Seth's summer seems to be spiraling downward, with the exception of his golf game, which remains exceptional.

While scheming to get back his girlfriend, he starts an anonymous podcast called The Love Manifesto to explain what love is--to himself and everyone else. The music listed as part of the sessions will appeal (for a few years) to many teens.

After landing a job at the golf club pro shop, Seth becomes obsessed with his father's mistress, finding out where she lives and meeting her.

Seth's hilarious friend Dimitri is obsessed with the one thing he can't have: a girl, any girl, and he provides the smutty dialog that Seth could never deliver.

Anyone can predict how things will go awry, and however predictable, we follow along laughing (mostly) all the way. Recommended for 8th grade and up. MJH

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