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Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto

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Seth Baumgartner just had the worst day of his life.

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.

To find answers, Seth decides to start an anonymous po
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Balzer + Bray (first published June 1st 2010)
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Marjorie Light
Jul 07, 2010 Marjorie Light rated it it was amazing
Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto should come with a warning: Do not read while drinking milk. It will come out of your nose.

“Seth Baumgartner just had the worst day of his life: His girlfriend dumped him (at Applebee’s!), he spied his father on a date with a woman who is not his mother (at Applebee’s!), and he lost his fourth job of the year.” So begins the blurb on the back of the book, setting up the premise for this hilarious novel. Seth tries to come to terms with his issues by creating ano
Steven Kent
This book starts like so many male-narrated young adult novels, with the protagonist getting dumped by his girlfriend. In this case, though, there is a twist. While he is at the restaurant getting dumped, he sees his father being seated with a woman to whom is definitely not married.

So here is Seth, a nice enough kid with college aspirations and an upper middle class life, dumped by his girlfriend and furious with his father. He slips out of the restaurant without being seen, but how do you eat
Aug 16, 2012 Annabelle rated it it was amazing
Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto is the first "optional" read book that I've read in the past three years. With high school honors and AP English's mandatory readings, I just haven't been able to read a book that I "want" to read. I was stuck at the library for a few hours so I picked up this book.

To be honest, I've always hated reading. I love the plots in books don't get me wrong, but the time and effort it takes to read a book have never been pluses for me. However, picking up this book was
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Seth's summer vacation seems to be starting off rather nicely - lunch with his girlfriend at Applebee's. Unfortunately, lunch ends with Veronica breaking up with him, and to make matters worse, Seth sees his dad having what looks like a rather intimate lunch with a woman who is most definitely not his mother.

Eric Luper's latest novel, SETH BAUMGARTNER'S LOVE MANIFESTO, is filled with one great scene after another. If you are looking
Michelle. D.
Dec 09, 2010 Michelle. D. rated it it was amazing
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Mar 15, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, guy_books, audiobooks

Nick Poedhel!

At the beginning: I'm struggling with whether I would like the Carter books, or Swim the Fly series, if I read them instead of listened to them...Because all of these books kind of sound the same, and I think I'm just entertained by Nick's teen boy voice...Or maybe I just find adolescent boy humor entertaining? Nah that's not typical of me..I think it really is Nick.

On a different note, Seth's making podcasts so this would be a good book for Teen Tech Week displays. Mix and Mash
Jun 07, 2010 Kate rated it it was amazing
For starters, SETH BAUMGARTNER'S LOVE MANIFESTO by Eric Luper is one of the funniest books I've ever read -- snorting, laugh-out-loud, funny. But what makes it even more terrific is that the humor is mixed with drama, hope, and the kind of heartbreak that only comes with being a teenager in love.

Poor Seth is having a rough day when the book opens. His girlfriend has just dumped him during her dinner break from work, and across the restaurant, he's just spotted his father on a date with a woman
Feb 22, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I'm not sure whether this is really 5 stars, but I'm going to bump it up from 4.5 because it made me smile and even, on occasion, laugh out loud. And, it's a book about golf. Seriously, a high school boy's dramatic summer and golf. How can that not be awesome?

The story: Seth Baumgartner's girlfriend dumps him at Applebee's (on her lunch break), totally blindsides him, and just as he's groveling, his father walks into the restaurant. With another woman.

It was an amusing snapshot of a sevent
Ben Klayer
Nov 12, 2015 Ben Klayer rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars, rounded up because I enjoyed reading it.

Before I discuss the great things about this novel, I want to mention the few nit-picky negative things. (view spoiler)
Mar 14, 2014 Jazzmin rated it liked it
This book was a pretty decent book. It wasn't the best. Seth is trying to be in love an be happy but his girlfriend dumps him at Applebees and he sees his dad with a girl there. He lost his job and his dad has been acting strange. his best friend is mad at him and he has a golf tournament coming up that is 5,000 to a college you want to go to. At the end Seth figures out that his dad has another kid with the girl he was with and he is a brother. Then finds out his love is his bestfriends sister. ...more
Krista Stevens
May 18, 2014 Krista Stevens rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, boys
Seth's life is not going as well as he would like with his girlfriend breaking up with him while at the same time seeing his dad having a date with another woman. An hour later, Seth is fired from his fourth job. Twists and turns as he plays golf, works at a golf shop, meets a girl, gets to know his best friend's sister a little better, and starts a podcast.

Lots of rude and crude references in here, a few funny lines. Lots of golf - kids who golf might like it, but the rest was more of 2.5 His f
Jun 17, 2010 Anna rated it liked it
A cute easy breezy "boy loses girl, boy wins (nicer) girl" kinda story, that's just in time for summer. Too much golf for my taste, but the writing is pretty great & so are a lot of the lines. A nice debut.
Jan 10, 2015 Lacey rated it really liked it
When I saw this book on the shelf at my library I knew I had to read it. The cover is very eye-catching, and the title is unique, as is what is inside. Basically, Seth finds himself on bad terms with love, after being dumped by his girlfriend and 2 minutes later seeing his father with another woman, so he consoles himself by making a podcast, The Love Manifesto, describing his troubles. But what he doesn't realize is that all that has happened to him isn't necessarily what he thinks it is- want ...more
Sep 02, 2010 Bunker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With a mother who is Albany's equivalent of radio DJ Delilah, one would think that Seth Baumgartner would understand the nuances of love. However, being dumped on his lunch break and inadvertently witnessing his father getting too close and personal with a woman other than his mother within the same thirty minutes has thrown him into a state of confusion. He is then thrown into a state of poverty when he returns late to his fourth job of the summer and hears the familiar phrase "You're fired!". ...more
Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)
After losing his girlfriend, losing his job, and witnessing his dad out with a woman that is not his mother, Seth Baumgartner realizes that he is having a very bad day. The disintegration of love around him inspires Seth to start a podcast aptly titled The Love Manifesto, in which he is decidedly against love, but in his summer without love, Seth begins to realize that maybe it’s there after all; you just have to look for it.

Words cannot explain the awesomeness that is Seth Baumgartner’s Love Ma
Jul 05, 2010 K rated it liked it
Shelves: library
Seth is having a bad summer. He gets dumped, fired (again), and clued in to a secret relationship his father is having. So, of course, the next step is to create an honest to a fault podcast. With a few minor attempts at anonymity, he puts it all out there. Seth isn’t an unlikeable character, but he’s not actually likeable either. He reacts instead of acts, has opinions only in relation to others’, and is generally lacking in personality. The story is pretty predictable, which is especially anno ...more
Seth has just been dumped. Not only that, but while being dumped (at Applebees!), he spies his father having lunch with someone other than his mother. To top it all off, these two incidents cause him to be fired from his fourth, yes, fourth job this year. As his life seems to be collapsing around him, he copes by starts an anonymous podcast called “The Love Manifesto” to try to help find out "what love is, why love is, and why we're stupid enough to keep going back for more." As Seth and his bes ...more
Haley Mathiot
Aug 24, 2010 Haley Mathiot rated it really liked it
Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto by Eric Luper
Genre: YA Fiction
ISBN: 9780061827532
Published: June 1st 2010 by Balzer + Bray
Rating: 4

Seth hasn’t had such a great love life in the past few weeks. His girlfriend dumped him, he saw his father with another woman, and he’s having some friendship problems with his best friend… add to that the fact that his father wants him to win a golf tournament that he really doesn’t care about, he can’t keep a job, and the most unexpected girl on earth starts hav
Aug 05, 2011 Linden rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young adult readers
Recommended to Linden by: Keegan and Undesirable#1
Surprisingly I read Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto at one sitting. Surprisingly, because I had expected to finish another novel that evening and surprisingly that I couldn't break it off in favor of the other book. Eric Luper introduces us to Seth at the crossroads of two big events: His girlfriend-initiated breakup at Applebee's and seeing his father in a warm moment with a woman who wasn't his mother at another booth.

Though I knew where the story was going about halfway through, it didn't m
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It kind of reminded me of a book that Sarah Dessen would write.

This one is told from Seth's point of view. He just broke uo with his girlfriend (amongst other things) and is basically having a crappy time. He starts the podcast as a way to "release" his feelings, or better yet talk to someone he doesn't know. Like a bunch of people that can gossip and figure out it was him anyway.

The book had some pretty funny lines. I laughed out loud a bunch
Seth Baumgartner summer is panning out to be less than ideal. They say bad things happen in threes, which in Seth’s case proves to be very true. In one day his girlfriend dumps him, he sees his dad out with a woman who so isn’t his mom and he gets fired from yet another job.

Another great read narrated by my personal favorite narrator the talented Nick Podehl. SETH BAUMGARTNER’S LOVE MANIFESTO is one of those witty coming of age stories that you just can’t help but smile through. Eric Luper has
May 02, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
One of the most interesting things about this book for me was the fact that it takes place in my home town. I imagine that people who live in big cities like New York experience this more frequently than most, but this is the first book I’ve read (at least since I’ve been old enough to appreciate it) that takes place in Albany, NY. It adds a whole new dimension to the story when you can visualize the streets and landmarks. When Seth drove through Washington Park or turned from South Lake onto Ne ...more
Oct 24, 2010 Erika rated it really liked it
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Jan 01, 2014 Dana rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-read, ya
A very solid four star read. Seth was a relatable character and he and his friends spoke like real teenagers. They were clever and fun and mouthy, but not TOO clever. I really liked that Seth played golf, and all the details about his golf game. I could believe that it was bothersome to other readers, but I’ve been a golfer for about as long as Seth and Dmitri have, so I really enjoyed it, followed all the technical talk, and related to it. Overall, the voice and style of this book were positive ...more
Maximillian Jackson
Sep 09, 2011 Maximillian Jackson rated it liked it
Shelves: english-412
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Rhyme-igi Mananquil
Sep 23, 2013 Rhyme-igi Mananquil rated it liked it
Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto. The review that said anyone who went through a break-up, no matter what type is ought to read this book, made me buy it and read it.

It wasn't exactly that book that wants you to dance in your room because it is that good. It's those kind that makes you feel good and ponder about yourself, how similar your situation is with his and what would you do if you were in his shoes.

I was glad I was able to read this book. The podcasting was very welcome for me. I didn't
Apr 12, 2011 Brandi rated it liked it
There’s nothing worse than visiting your girlfriend at work during your lunch break only to discover she is planning on dumping you. That’s what Seth thought until during his heart-wrenching breakup, his recently proclaimed ex-girlfriend notices his dad on a date with a woman who is definitely not Seth’s mom. Now Seth doesn’t know what to do. Does he confront his dad about his romantic Applebee’s affair or does he run to his mom and spill the beans? Seth turns to a neutral outlet, his new podcas ...more
Jun 28, 2011 Anita rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, young-adult
GENRE: Young Adult – Fiction
FORM: Book (Library)

SYNOPSIS: After suffering the worst day of his life; girlfriend dumps him, sees his dad with another woman, Seth starts on a journey of exploring love, it’s meaning, it’s purpose, if it’s even worth it. He hashes is out on a podcast, in which he calls himself The Love Manifesto. In his explorations, Seth learns about the chemical ins and outs of love, some lessons in being a good friend and person, and the benefits to eating the world’s worst chick
Aug 08, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: realist-fic
great book!
I grabbed this book of the shelf only because i recognized it from my to reads list and if was the only one i could find. But as a began reading i really enjoyed myself.

Seth Baumgartner (if you have trouble with the last name like i did listen to Eric Luper's Harperteen Podcast) is ready for the summer of his life, happy family great friends (or friend) and a girlfriend he simply adores. but then nearly his whole summer plans change in one fatal day.
His girlfriend, Veronica, Dumps h
Feb 21, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok
I wanted a change of pace from all the girly books I've been reading, so I decided on Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto by Eric Luper. Probably 95% of what I read, both fiction and non, is written by female authors with female main characters. It's always been that way. I don't like reading things I can't relate to, which is why I've never gotten into fantasy or science fiction genres.

This novel was an exception. I don't know what it's like to have a guy's perspective, to face the problems men
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