I recently forced myself to finish reading This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz. It’s supposed to be this generation’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower but I disagree. How can a book so critically acclaimed also suck so badly?
First of all, why is a shorter book, only 150~ pages, cost the same as a longer book? I hate paying $15 (or was a $12?) for something that takes me only three hour-long baths to finish reading. And no, I’m not a fast reader, but this book isn’t exactly cerebral.
It’s about this guy whose name is Yunior or at least that’s what people call him. He’s Dominican and apparently a sleazeball when it comes to women. However, he seemed less sleazy than his brother or a few of his friends. So basically there’s a lot of cheating going on in this book, or at least that’s what you’re led to believe. It skips around a lot and tells some random stories about some random people right in the middle that left me feeling a bit confused. The book doesn’t really have any sequence to it and I was pretty far into it before the author even mentions that it’s set in the 1960s and not in present day. While the year isn’t a character in this book, it’s still nice in terms of context and visualization to know WHEN the book takes place. It would have read a bit differently from the get-go and looked different in my head. Oh well. I’m not going to go back and read it again.
So his girlfriend finds a journal of his where he documents his sexual encounters but when he retells them to us, it doesn’t sound like any of them actually overlap with him dating her like I assume it’s supposed to.
The story was so-so and perhaps if I were male I would have enjoyed it more (or at all).
So there you go, Dad, a book review per your request.
I’m currently re-reading the Harry Potter series to help me fall asleep. It isn’t boring enough to make me doze off, but being familiar with the story allows me to read it a bit more casually this time around. I’m not as focused on it and can therefore drift off rather than stay up all night reading them like I did the first go-round.