Why We Broke Up

Why We Broke Up

Book rating: 04 Paperback Electric Monkey

By (author) Daniel Handler, Illustrated by Maria Kalman

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  • Publisher: Electric Monkey
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 143mm x 198mm x 20mm | 444g
  • Publication date: 6 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1405261358
  • ISBN 13: 9781405261357
  • Illustrations note: Colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 6,888

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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. This is a new edition of this stunning, internationally acclaimed YA novel. "A poignant tale of adolescent heartbreak". (Telegraph).

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DANIEL HANDLER has written for grown-ups under his own name and for younger readers under the name Lemony Snicket ('A Series of Unfortunate Events' and 'All The Wrong Questions'). He was dumped at least three times in high school. MAIRA KALMAN acclaimed artist and designer, has created many books for both grown-ups and children. Her heart was broken in high school by a boy who looked like Bob Dylan.

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By Writer For Misfits 12 May 2014 5

Back in October of 2013, I was laid back in bed, thinking of probably something crazy when I decided to read a new book. I am a huge fan of Lemony Snicketâ??s novels and the man behind it. As you all might have known by now (unless youâ??ve been living under a rock, I donâ??t blame you), Lemony Snicket is none other than Daniel Handler and writes Lemony Snicket books for kids or teens, or whoever loves a pessimistically good yet unfortunate story while as Daniel Handler, writes adult books. Why We Broke Up is one of them.
The title is very self-explanatory. It narrates the story of a girl named Min Green, going through her break-up and explaining to her ex-boyfriend the reasons of their break-up. One thing is for sure: THIS BOOK IS ONE OF MY UTMOST FAVORITES!

Itâ??s fun that Daniel is writing in the perspective of a girl, which is very challenging especially if the writer is not very good in analyzing women, or have very poor research references. But Daniel pulled off just fantastically and the story could even pass off as a womanâ??s. But Min Green is not a very girly-girly type, but kind of odd and even normal. And one common thing among these types of stories is that the jock falls in love with them. I thought I would hate the premise of it, but why not? She broke up with the guy anyway. So, the story is very laid-back at first, with Min giving out details of how she met Ed and peopleâ??s reaction on their relationship. But then it got intense, with her giving Ed the box of things that Ed gave her, like roses or little notes, with her explaining the story behind all of them with the reason of why she broke up with him.

Min is vulnerable and kind but also very smart! Ed is also kind and sweet, and loves Min, but there are just things that donâ??t work out in the relationship. I love Edâ??s sister to be honest though sheâ??s not really as outgoing as Ed is. Characters are very diverse too! Teenage drama is so colorful sometimes, that you cannot hide the fact that it would actually hurt. Why We Broke Up is a testament to that. And I've noticed not many people like it, but I honestly did and I don't regret a second bit of reading it.

The writing style is funny and smart and is something for everyone to read, no matter what gender or even if you are in a relationship. You may end up considering writing your ex a letter with a box of things from him/her. Itâ??s one, quiet piece of revenge.

By Stephanie Forster (Stepping out of the Page) 18 Jul 2012 4

As soon as I heard about this book from American book reviewers, I began wishing that it'd be released here in the UK. My prayers were answered by Electric Monkey and I was so unbelievably excited to start reading this book as soon as it came into my home! I didn't know all that much about the book - the short blurb doesn't give that much away, but I liked it that way - It was fantastic to discover more about Why We Broke Up as I worked my way through the book.

Sleeping is my favourite thing to do, yep - even more so than reading. However, this book stole my sleep from me. It takes quite a lot for me to stay up flicking through pages, but this one managed it. There was something about this book that was just so compelling and made me want to keep reading just one more page. I wanted to know what happened next, what Min was feeling, just exactly why they broke up.

The book is written as a letter from Min to her ex-boyfriend, Ed, explaining why they broke up, using a variety of objects (illustrated by Kalman). It is a very simple concept, but I absolutely loved it. It really made for an interesting and heartfelt story. I did connect with Min, though I did have my reservations about Ed from the moment they entered a relationship. The reason why Min and Ed do break up is quite predictable but to be honest I don't think that matters because, in truth and as Min explains, there were several things that contributed to their eventual split.

The characters that were included in this book were very strong - even those who were only mentioned sporadically. I really liked Al and Lauren, Min's closest friends. It was interesting to see how her relationship with Ed affected her friendship group. I really loved the bond between Min and Al and I really felt for Al as he became distanced from Min. He is genuinely one of the nicest, kindest characters I have come across. I did like Min too - I thought she was quite easy to connect with - she was a generally likeable character. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on the way you look at it!) I didn't really fall for Ed - although to a lot of people he may seem near perfect, he just didn't sit right with me and I found him to be a bit immature.

If you've gone through a break-up as a teenager, then I think you'll appreciate this book. It feels real and although it doesn't feel overly intense, there is definite feeling behind it that runs quite deep, the fact that it is written in epistolary form only adds to this feeling. I think that the emotion behind this book is very interesting, though hard to put into words. It is quite easy to relate to, in my opinion, though I think every reader will have a different experience with this one.

I haven't read any of Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket)'s previous books, but if he does write more young adult contemporary reads like this one, I would definitely pick it up. I also really enjoyed the illustrations - they simply added some extra enjoyment to the reading experience. I have found this book difficult to review as I do think it's really quite personal - everyone has their own individual pasts and I think that will affect how you read this book. For me, this book was addictive, different and extremely enjoyable.

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"Readers are taken beneath the surface of what will no doubt be one of the most talked-about romances in teen literature...A poignant, exhilarating tale of a love affair gone to the dogs" - Kirkus Review