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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on December 3, 2013
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(Last Updated On: November 28, 2021)
I'm telling you why we broke up, Ed. I'm writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.
Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.
First things first: I’ve never read a book like this. It was so unique and mesmerizing-just the whole concept in general. Each chapter is a story based on one of Min’s memories of her and Ed Slaterton, with a picture of an object to help remember the memory.
Min put all of these objects into a big box along with a story about why they broke up. I find the fact that she felt the need to put all of this together extremely sweet.
The other cool thing about this book is the fact that the author is Lemony Snicket! I used to love reading the Series of Unfortunate Events as a kid, so it was cool to read something much different than that written by the same author.
I really loved Min and Ed’s relationship. They were so different from each other, yet they worked so well. They accepted and loved their differences, which was extremely cute.
I loved how reassuring Ed was about why Min was different, though sometimes Min took that the wrong way. I also loved how obsessed with movies Min was; I definitely learned a lot about movies that I didn’t know.
I just hope that Ed appreciates the fact that Min took all this time and went through all the effort to really think about the relationship and realize why it didn’t work out. If a guy went through all the effort to do something like this for me, I’d definitely want to take them back.
In all, this book was really sweet and I really enjoyed it. If you’re looking for a cute contemporary read, definitely pick this one up. It’s really different and just so amazing!
Have you read this novel? I’d love to hear your thoughts!