Book Review: This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

“The half-life of love is forever.”

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.(Goodreads)

“You don’t want to let go, but don’t want to be hurt, either. It’s not a great place to be but what can I tell you?”

There was a time when it seemed like everyone was reading this book and so I was so excited to finally read it. I do love the theme, with a chronic cheater’s love and life at the center. But I had a really hard time sympathizing with the characters in the book. The main character Yunior does not seem to learn anything, no development of character whatsoever. A lot of the actions and decisions made were very confusing for me. I know it’s probably because of the cultural difference too, but any well written book could have worked beyond those limits.

“And that’s when I know it’s over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it’s the end.”

I usually enjoy reading ethnic language mixed in the dialogue but the way it was used in this book was just confusing instead of enriching the experience. It was originally written and published as short stories so maybe that’s why it also felt a bit disjointed.

“My heart is beating like it’s lonely, like there’s nothing else inside of me.”

Overall, not a bad experience but not as brilliant as I expected. It started really well but it lost me at the middle, which is sad because this is a theme that would have been so interesting to explore. 🌸

Overall rating: 3/5

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