Thoughts on This Is How You Lose Her
I think the world would be a dull place if everyone in it were the same. I love to read because reading allows me to explore other cultures and ideas so I was excited to pick up This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz, a novel about Yunior, a young Dominican immigrant. Yunior’s story is told through a series of inter-connected stories, most of which are narrated by Yunior. This book has received a lot of praise from the critics – Time Magazine named it one 2012’s best works of fiction – but the book just wasn’t for me. I think maybe I’m just too old and too uptight for it.
Yunior loves women, but struggles to remain faithful to them. He has done pretty well for himself, but can’t seem to leave his past behind. Under most circumstances, Yunior is exactly the type of character I like to read about, but for some reason, I struggled with this book. Maybe it was the crude language and vulgar scenes or maybe it was the overall grittiness, I’m not sure. Several of the stories are told from the second person point of view and that bothered me as well.
I listened to the audio version of This Is How You Lose Her and wonder if I would have enjoyed it more in print – for some reason language, etc doesn’t bother me as much visually as it does verbally. The audio is narrated by the author and he does an adequate job. The audio version is on 5 CDs and lasts approximately 5 hours.
Since so many critics have loved this book, I feel sure that I missed something when I read it. If it sounds at all interesting to you, you should give it a try.