Bought from Barnes & Noble
Published December 27, 2011
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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.
Why We Broke Up is one giant letter that a girl, Min, has written to her ex boyfriend, Ed, after they broke up. In the letter Min just doesn't list the reasons about why her and Ed broke up, but she also takes us back to the first time they met, their first date and just times they spent together.
Min was such a flawlessly developed character, I mean I feel like she is a real person that I have gotten to know very well. Her voice is so strong throughout the book, just when Min describes how she felt when she was with Ed or how she remembered every little thing that happened during their relationship was extremely heartwarming. Min is definitely one of my favorite main characters, her personality was so realistic and I adored her sense of humor.
Everyone can relate to Min's story. Even if you've never been in a relationship we all have those crushes and I not only felt like I was in Min's shoes because of Handler's amazing writing, but because she was describing feelings that we all have once had.
I love, love, love that the book had illustrations (by Maira Kalman) of everything that Min had put into the box that she was giving back to Ed. It made the whole expierence of reading Min's letter that much more real. All of the pictures were of objects that Ed had either given her or just things that Min came across while they were together. It was really touching listening to Min confess her thoughts, it just felt so personal.
"Love this song," Todd said, like it was unusually brave to like what was number one on the radio."
"Not quite everything, but everything but."
I'm so grateful that I was able to go on this amazing journey with Min while she tried to heal her heart after their break up. I can't say enough positive things about this book. Daniel Handler is an incredible writer who is able to create a realistic character that you can't help but fall in love with. It took me back to all the good parts of being in high school, like the butterflies you would feel when that special someone would look your way. I highly recommend that you read this absolutely perfect book, it left me completely blown away.