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Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto

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Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto

Intro Music: “It’s Not Over” by Daughtry

Seth Baumgartner is perhaps experiencing the worst day of his life. His girlfriend, Veronica, decides to dump him at Applebee’s over their lunch break. He is fired from his fourth summer job after returning late from his lunch break, and to top it all off, he catches his father cheating on his mom with another woman --- at Applebee’s! With no place to turn, Seth decides to express his feelings in the only way he sees fit: a podcast. Cleverly titled “The Love Manifesto,” he plans on working through his feelings of being dumped and watching his father cheat.

Seth also manages to find some solace in his best friend, Dimitri, and the relaxing game of golf. Dimitri happens to work at the local country club, and besides a round of golf every now and then, he is able to secure Seth a job there. Seth starts to unwind and relax a little, especially when he’s hanging out with Dimitri’s younger sister, Audrey. With a new job, his golf game picking up, and his podcasting moving full steam ahead, Seth’s summer is starting to look better.

Unfortunately, Veronica won’t leave him alone. As much as she told Seth she wanted a clean break and didn’t wish to even talk to him, she can’t leave him alone ---  showing up at the country club on the Fourth of July, occasionally stopping by the house to see what’s up, and continuing to pester Seth about his dad’s mystery woman. Even with Veronica’s annoying presence, Seth manages to ignore her and instead decides to take matters into his own hands concerning his father’s mistress. He even goes so far as to track her down at her home and doesn’t escape unscathed from a chance encounter.

With his ex still hanging around, his conflicting emotions surrounding his father seeing someone on the side flaring up, and his potential romance with Audrey beginning to bloom, Seth is starting to lose it. He can’t handle the pressure of trying to stay composed in all situations. As the annual father-son golf tournament rolls around at the country club, he still hasn’t found a way to confront his father, his ex-girlfriend, or his potential new girlfriend. Before the ball drops into the cup on the last hole, Seth will have to reconcile his feelings and deliver perhaps the most infamous bogey in all of golf history.

Outro Music: “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz

Writing used to be the main way for teenagers to express and work through their feelings in a safe and reliable way. Now, in the digital age, they have a variety of formats from which to choose. Seth Baumgartner uses podcasting to express his in THE LOVE MANIFESTO, and the results are hilarious. In a format anyone can relate to nowadays, he works through typical teenage situations and manages to do so with humor and a hint of charm. Readers will enjoy the funny predicaments in which Seth constantly finds himself, and you’ll want to put his “The Love Manifesto” at the top of your playing list!

Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on June 8, 2010

Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto
by Eric Luper

  • Publication Date: June 8, 2010
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray
  • ISBN-10: 0061827533
  • ISBN-13: 9780061827532