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Seth Baumgartner's love manifesto
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  Booklist Review

In rapid-fire succession, Seth gets dumped by his girlfriend, Veronica; spots his dad cozying up to a woman who most certainly isn't his mom; and gets canned from his fourth summer job. He pours his heart out in a series of anonymous podcasts he calls The Love Manifesto, which, naturally, don't stay anonymous for long. Chapters oscillate between heartbroken musings; idle time on the golf course with his snarky best friend, Dimitri; and some light detective work tracking his dad's side woman. At the same time, Dimitri's gangly younger sister suddenly isn't so awkward, and Seth eventually realizes that there's a difference between relationships of convenience and those of genuine feeling. It's a fairly white-bread read, but Luper earns some marks for likable characters who arrive naturally (though sometimes painfully) at universalities that will ring true for many teens. The shelf life of some of the pop-culture references will be fairly short, but for now, this is entertaining summer reading with heart and soul worn proudly on its sleeve.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

When Seth's girlfriend dumps him during her lunch break at Applebee's, he is not only heartbroken but totally grossed out: While Veronica squelches his dreams of love with nonsensical platitudes like, "I'm too comfortable with you," Seth spots his father having an intimate meal with a sexy woman who is definitely not his mother. Oh, and then he gets fired. From a French-fry stand. Overwhelmed by his messy tangle of feelings about love, Seth records and uploads an anonymous podcast called The Love Manifesto. As his podcast grows in popularity, Seth progresses from utter dejection and know-it-all cynicism to optimism and a grudging acceptance that love isn't an all-or-nothing proposition. All the while, he is supported by his often absurd but deeply loyal best friend, Dimitri (a bit too strongly reminiscent of An Abundance of Katherines's Hassan), and Dimitri's charmingly no-nonsense sister, Audrey. Luper weaves together many themestrust and secrets, lies and truth, love, lust and, of course, golfin a way that even the most introspection-hating male reader will eat with a spoon. Derivative but supremely enjoyable. (Fiction. YA)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
<p>Seth Baumgartner just had the worst day of his life.</p> <p>His girlfriend dumped him (at Applebee's), he spied his father on a date with a woman who is not his mother (also at Applebee's!), and he lost his fourth job of the year. It's like every relationship he cares about is imploding, and he can't figure out what's going on.</p> <p>To find answers, Seth decides to start an anonymous podcast called The Love Manifesto, exploring "what love is, why love is, and why we're stupid enough to keep going back for more." Things start looking up when Seth gets a job at a golf club with his hilarious and smut-minded best friend, Dimitri, and Dimitri's sister, Audrey. With their help, Seth tracks down his father's mystery date, hits the most infamous bogey in the history of golf, and discovers that sometimes love means eating the worst chicken-salad sandwich you can ever imagine.</p>
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