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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
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May 11, 2008

it was ok
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Read in January, 2009

The title character of this book is an obese geek, whose main problem is that he can't seem to get anyone to love him, as explained by his never-ending virginity. And, unfortunately, Oscar's virginity seems to be the focus, rather than his loneliness. Oscar's story gets really tiresome, really quickly. But, luckily, the book focused on more than simply Oscar's loneliness. The other characters are far more interesting, especially his mother and grandfather. Thankfully, the middle sections of the book focus on these other characters.

The writing style is at times elegant and simple, but too often the author attempts to be overly cool, throwing in slang that detracts from the pacing. Also, Diaz has an annoying habit of dropping the subject of the sentence before the verb. While that is correct in Spanish, it's a bit grating in English.
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