This is How You Lose Her


This is How You Lose Her

Author: Junot Diaz

Publisher: Riverhead Kindle Edition, 2012 (E-book)

Rating: 5OWLS


The short stories in this book are about love in all its shapes and forms, both beautiful and ugly. In the first few sentences of the book the main character, Yunior, describes himself as being like “everyone else: weak, full of mistakes, but basically good.” Through the different characters, you see that life and love are complex. For Yunior, many of his decisions are shaped by his circumstances and the examples that those around him have set. This is my second time reading this book and it drew me in both times, I couldn’t put it down. I plan to read Drown soon (I know, I am reading them out of order). Also, follow Junot Diaz on social media if you don’t already!

Memorable Quotes:

“And for a while after we got back together everything was as fine as it could be. But only for a little while. Slowly, almost imperceptibly, my girl started turning into another girl. Who didn’t want to sleep over as much or scratch my back when I asked her to. Amazing what you notice. Like how she never used to ask me to call back when she was on the line with somebody else. I always had priority. Not anymore. But every time I tried I couldn’t pull it off. I was into her for real. I started working over time on her again, but nothing seemed to pan out. Every movie we went to, every night drive we took, every time she did sleep over seemed to confirm something negative about me. I felt like I was dying by degrees, but when I brought it up she told me that I was being paranoid.”

“You’d think, given the blood we see, that there’s a great war going on out in the world. Just the one inside of bodies, the new girl says.”

“The houses are in terrible conditions; they are homes for ghosts and for cockroaches and for us, los hispanos.”

“And that’s when I know it’s over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it’s the end.”

“She’s sensitive, too. Takes to hurt the way water takes to paper.”

“Our relationship wasn’t the sun, the moon, the stars, but it wasn’t bullshit, either.”



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