WHY WE BROKE UP by Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman (Illustrator)

Synopsis

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 thoughts

I have always wanted to read this book way back when I was still in (high) school, but I cannot find time to sit down and read. But now that I did, I feel so happy.

When I started reading, I thought, “Oh, they broke up.” So I was expecting that by the end of the story, I would be moving on together with Min, the main character of the story, and my expectations didn’t fail me.

The whole story is just a series of memories, of Min and Ed, of their story and the things they did together, of how their love started, evolved and turned and twisted into a lot of things. And here, Min writes to Ed about their memories together, through the things inside the box.

I have to say, that the two of them did lot of adventures, that in a short span of time, breaking up and moving on are the hardest things to do.

So I gave this book 4 shining stars. *wink*

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