This is How You Lose Her is a collection of short stories chronicling love won and love lost by Yunior, a swaggering, science-fiction loving Dominican immigrant from New York who lives in the shadow of his beautiful older brother, Rafa. Through the stories, you cry, laugh, and root for Yunior, who watches his father and his brother philandering with other women, who cheats himself and then realizes the horrible consequences of his actions. The book is not only about Yunior’s search for love, but about Yunior’s ultimate choice: to let himself be vulnerable and completely available to one woman, or to hold up a mask and keep from getting hurt.
The last story, “The Cheater’s Guide to Love”, is particularly fantastic. It starts out with Yunior’s confession: “Year O. Your girl catches you cheating. (Well, actually she’s your fiancée, but hey, in a bit it so won’t matter.) She could have caught you with one sucia, she could have caught you with two, but because you’re a totally batsh*t cuero who never empties his e-mail trash can, she caught you with fifty!”
For anyone who has found love and lost love, this book is for you. For anyone who has tried to win back an ex, this book is for you.
Availability: COSMOS, USMAI, SMCM
Review Submitted by: Andrea Gesumaria
Rating: Highly Recommended
Challenge: Book Read in One Day