Review: Why We Broke Up
Title: Why We Broke Up
Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary
Author: Daniel Handler/ Maira Kalman
Publisher: Little, Brown for Young Readers
Release Date: December 27, 2011
Book: FC Sent by publisher
‘”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.”
Things are always complicated in a relationship and it’s good to see the whole side. Granted with what Min went through, I enjoyed her story of heart break. From the beginning of the relationship till the end, Min was nothing but honest in what she wanted. I liked that she didn’t pretend who she was but was herself. She stood tall when others said she was crazy and knew exactly who she loved.
Now, I don’t know all of Ed’s story but I would love to read his point of view as well. I think both characters took from some knowledgeable experience from this relationship. Both did stupid things, but hey, as a teen you make those kinds of mistakes.
But you know what I really loved about this book? How Min is so much more wiser in the end. Yes, she left a box of things for Ed, but as a characters she grew so much before my eyes. As I read her story and felt her heart ache she suffered, she learned the most valuable lesson of all, life goes on. And with that, Min can better herself.
This is a good book of heart break that everyone has gone through. What you thought you love, who you thought you knew, isn’t all what it seems.
I give it 4 BITES!