This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz

13503109-1Novel: This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz | Goodreads
Release Date: September 11, 2012
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed
Rating: 4 stars

On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness–and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own.

In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that “the half-life of love is forever.”

This Is How You Lose Her is a collection of short stories following characters from the Dominican Republic who have immigrated to the United States. The stories are centered around relationships, love, family, and the idea of being with someone and what that means. The collection is full of manipulation, both by males and females, strife, stereotypes, and foul language. I found it eye-opening.

The first story was by far my favorite. It chronicles the fall of Yunior and Magdalena’s relationship and I thought it was well constructed and well done. Díaz managed to portray the situation in such a realistic way that really reached out to me as a reader. The last story, “A Cheater’s Guide to Love”, was probably my second favorite and also the longest. Most of the stories follow or contain Yunior, but others branch off to follow different characters, all of whom are experiencing the hardships living in America brings and forming connections—both good and bad—with other Dominicans.

Overall, I really enjoyed This Is How You Lose Her. It sparked my interest in Junot Díaz’s other books and gave me new perspective on a facet of hispanic (mainly Dominican) culture and society, especially within the United States. The collection of stories is not beautiful in a happy way; it’s actually kind of a downer filled with tragedy, repeated mistakes, misery, and heartbreak. While some of the stories were dull, I thought the entire collection as a whole was cohesive and illustrious, and I recommend giving it a shot if the premise interests you. I’m glad I did.

Thanks for reading.

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Top 10 Favorite Fictional Relationships

Hellooo. In honor of Valentine’s Day this past Sunday, I thought I’d compile a list of my favorite bookish relationships (because aren’t fictional relationships the best kind?). I am definitely a fangirl, so narrowing down my list to ten was a little tricky. But without further ado, here are some of my favorite couples in literature! (P.S. They aren’t in order because that would just be too hard.)

  1. Katniss and Peeta The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
  2. Will and TessaThe Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare.
  3. Adrian and Sydney | The Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead.
  4. John and Savannah Dear John by Nicholas Sparks.
  5. Celaena and Sam | The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.
  6. Aelin and Rowan The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.
  7. Violet and Finch All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.
  8. Étienne and AnnaAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
  9. Alice and Jasper | The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.
  10. Juliet and Warner | The Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi.

There are so many other couples I love, especially ones where I love one of the characters so much and the other is just fine, so they didn’t make the list. I don’t want this list to be confused with being my favorite romances, because while some of these are, many are not. (For example, I adore The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, but it’s kind of tragic and contains one of my favorite characters, not couples.)

What are some of your favorite fictional couples?

Thanks for reading.

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