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Describe the plot of the story "Love and Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape."

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In Love and Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape, the plot is not so much a concrete narrative as it is a vague timeline of events that relies heavily on the inference of the reader. Amanda Holzer crafts a minimalist story that can have very different meanings depending on the personal experience and disposition of the person who is experiencing it.

The story tells of a romantic relationship. The author starts out completely alone, and then becomes interested in socializing with the purpose of meeting a significant other. After meeting and eventually marrying a suitor, the relationship begins a seemingly slow and painful downfall, involving infidelity and heartbreak. Eventually, the author seems to feel a sense of triumph, having overcome the pain of the break-up, though the story ends with the author all by themselves again.

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Amanda Holzer's created a very unique story using only song titles and musicians to tell a story. The story centers on the rise and fall of a romantic relationship.

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The story open with a lonely author in search of a meaningful relationship. She does find someone and they begin the dating process falling in love, until cheating is assumed and expected. She breaks off the relationship heartbroken and the story comes full circle again as she is once again lonely. We learn throughout the story the ebb and flow of life through the story. We gain insight into the desperation not to be alone and more importantly lonely, however it is even of more vital importance to underst what you require in a relationship for it to thrive in a healthy way. Perhaps you’re better off walking alone through the forest of life than to settle for someone who is bound to disappoint and break your heart.