I fell in love with Junot Diaz when I read The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao in college. It's a sigh of relief and a breath of excitement to read sI fell in love with Junot Diaz when I read The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao in college. It's a sigh of relief and a breath of excitement to read someone writing about Latinos. I feel like my culture is invisible in this country, which is a damn shame because hey, we have interesting lives, too. Reading This Is How You Lose Her is a fantastic read from the first page to the last.
Although this book is technically a collection of short stories, it reads more like a short novel. It's evident from the beginning of the book that things are not going to end well, but as a reader you don't know how it's going to unravel. The switch in point of view isn't confusing and feels natural. The same goes for the change in narrator.
I love how original the stories are and how they are filled with so much passion. The characters are so flawed and in the end that's what makes them so human and real. There is a lot of humor in here but also much sadness and grief. Even though all these horrible events happen, in the end there is a tiny shard of hope that shines through. With This Is How You Lose Her, Diaz proves that he is an author that writes with both intelligence and emotion. ...more