Short Story Sunday: The Cheater’s Guide to Love

I was initially going to share another story this weekend (tune in next week to see what it was!), but the holiday mood (bitterness) struck me, and it felt more fitting to share this story instead.

The Cheater’s Guide to Love by Junot Diaz is, in essence, a story about growing up. It follows the life of a guy named Yunior for five years after he is thrown out by his fiance for cheating on her. Despite this character’s unsympathetic actions and the series of mistakes or poor decisions he continues to make throughout the rest of the story, Diaz is able to evoke a great deal of sympathy in the reader for this character. I think a lot of this can be attributed to his use of the second person in this story, which fits it so very well and is also neat as so few writers actually use it.

Diaz’s novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao has been hailed by some as the best book to be written in the 21st century thus far, and though I haven’t read it (yet), I can get an idea of why from this story. His prose is amazing, as is his storytelling, and the characters and situations feel relatable, even though some of them are far from what I’ve experience in my personal life. This is one of the best short stories I’ve had the pleasure of reading in awhile, and I definitely recommend it.

This story is part of Diaz’s short story collection This Is How You Lose Her, so you can check it out and get some of his other work as well.

And now I wanted to discuss a slight change in direction for this blog…

Moving forward I’m planning to change the set-up and release content on Sundays and Wednesdays. As you may have guessed, Sundays will continue to be short story reviews and sharing. However, I’m planning to primarily be writing book reviews to post on Wednesdays. This is both an effort to write better content and to force myself to read more (which for a writer I’m pretty bad at doing).

This coming week I’m planning on doing a review on William Gibson’s latest novel The Peripheral. After that…well, I’m leaning towards reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, but don’t hold me to that. I may very well change my mind.

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