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Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto by Eric Luper
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Mar 23, 2011

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bookshelves: 2011, teen, random-reads-column
Read from March 23 to 25, 2011

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 podcast called “The Love Manifesto.” After listening to his mom’s popular romance segment on the local radio station for years, Seth has also developed a love of the airwaves. Anonymously and with an altered voice, Seth begins to pour his feelings, opinions, observations, and personal encounters into his podcast, which is really starting to build a following.

Recording the podcast as not enough for Seth in terms of dealing with all the life-altering events circling his life. Especially when the podcasts consist of listing all the reasons he loves his ex. Seth decides to get a new job to replace his old job from which he was fired. How did they expect him to get back to work on time after the worst break-up ever? Seth gets a job at the country club where his friend Dimitri and Dimitri’s little sister Audrey currently work. Seth refuses to inform Dimitri about his current family problems, but things change when the two sight Seth’s dad and his mystery woman leaving a flower shop. Now the chase is on and Dimitri is in on it. From stake-outs to garage door clicker scavenger hunts to unexpected love, Seth and Dimitri uncover quite a bit of information that was extremely unexpected.

A whirlwind story ending at a prestigious golf tournament, Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto is a great example of the rarely seen “bro-mance” genre. Love mixed with humor, music, espionage, and golf proves to be an accurate recipe for success. Seth’s story forces you to cheer for the underdog and hope he makes the right decisions. Don’t expect a traditional, predicable ending because Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto is sure to catch you off your guard.

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