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Thursday, July 19, 2012

{Review} Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Why We Broke Up
by Daniel Handler
Publisher:  Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages:  354
Source:  Won
Available as of 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.


My Review:
I decided to read Why We Broke Up for the irony of my most recent break up. The summary sounded intriguing and I thought it would be a great read. Sadly, it wasn't as great as I had hoped. 

This book is a letter. A super long letter that Min is writing to her now ex, Ed, detailing the numerous reasons for their break up. As she writes, she sees all the signs that they wouldn't last. She realizes how naive she was to think that Ed, the senior co-captain of the basketball team, her polar opposite, would be a good match.

Did I enjoy reading Why We Broke Up? Yes, but so much of the novel had old, obscure movie references that I didn't get. I loved the idea of the story, the reasons, and the illustrations. The pictures were gorgeous, but some things, such as Ed always saying "No offense," just grated on my nerves. Honestly, when someone says "no offense" they don't mean it. From page one I hated Ed, but he was painted, in the beginning, to be a sweet guy. Don't get me wrong, I laughed frequently while reading, but this book just wasn't for me.

Overall, Why We Broke Up was a decent read, but it took me a while to get into and in the end I was counting down the pages until it would be over. If you intend to read, I recommend borrowing. 


Evie said...

I see the irony in that, too, especially after reading your last night's email (LOL!!!). I'm sorry to hear this book didn't prove to be more meaningful or enjoyable. I did hear similar things about, tho. It seems to me that writing a book to your ex (supposedly a letter, but still), is a little bit.. pathetic xD I hate when people chew on things that are better left forgotten. Just get a life, move on, find a new boyfriend~! (boyfriendS?! :D). Don't be a loser dwelling on the past! :D RIGHT?! :) So not healthy! I am steering clear off that book for sure! But hey! At least you didn't pay for it, so it's not THAT bad :) Great, honest review!

Oh! And I am out for the day (book event with the author of Seraphina), so I'll write you when I get back, late at night! <3 <3 <3

C.J. Listro said...

It's too bad this book didn't live up to your expectations. That always disappoints me, especially from an author I love. However, I will go into it with a fresh mind when I get your copy in the mail and perhaps I'll get something different out of it. I'm at the year stage of post-breakup, so maybe the different perspective will be interesting. I think it's an interesting idea, actually, a letter in a book. So many people deal with heartbreak in so many different ways. I'm still curious.


city said...

thanks for sharing.

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