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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Review: Why We Broke Up

Title: Why We Broke Up
Series: No
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."

 There are two sides to every heart break. Whether it is right, wrong, or just not meant to be, the story told of Ed and Min's relationship is a complicated one. I liked being in Min's shoes and seeing why they broke up.

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!

Happy Reading!


  1. I enjoyed this one too. And I agree it might be interesting to see things through Ed's point of view. I think he acted a bit like a jerk, but at times I could see that there was someone deep inside that was not that jock persona that everyone knows... Min caught glimpses of it here and there.

    1. He did act like a jerk but I would like to know what was going on in his head. I agree that there is something more going on than what the reader sees.

  2. This sounds right up my alley! Adding it to the to-read pile :)

    The Muggle

  3. This is really high up on my wishlist! I may break down and go buy it this week, I keep seeing such great reviews on it!

    1. Warning, this book is heavy. Like it weighs a lot. LOL! Hope you like it!

  4. I haven't heard of Why We Broke Up until now but it sounds very interesting. Great review.

  5. Every time I read that blurb, I get intrigued as to how such non-related items add up to be reasons to break up. This sounds like one of those books where seemingly obscure things all tie together in the end, and I love books where that's done in a surprising way.


    1. Exactly Lori! After seeing each piece by piece get put together it made since in the end.

  6. I'm glad you liked this one! I'm currently on the waiting list for it at the library, it sounded like something I'd really love. It's good to see positive reviews. :)

  7. Would be a good idea for me to put together a box of why we are do you put amazing in a box?

  8. Lynette, so true! I've been with my hubby since high school. Our box will be full!

  9. I have seen different things about this, glad that you liked it. I am going to one day get my hands on this!


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