Why We Broke up

Handler, Daniel

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Why We Broke up
Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown,, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0316127256
Branch Call Number: FICTION Han
Characteristics: 354 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Kalman, Maira


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Sep 09, 2014
  • nidofito rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

1 star because the only part I truly enjoyed in the book was during the last 10% where we found out the actual reason for the break up.

The writing style - I did not enjoy it. I went from being intrigued to being confused and bored to ultimately, being annoyed. Didn't help that I sometimes had trouble differentiating dialogues between the characters.

Moral of the story:

Girls: don't be like Min. I realize love gives you tunnel vision and makes you do stupid things but if you're having an emotional roller coaster every passing minute that you spend with your SO then honey, it's more than a case of just nerves. You need to sit down, take a good look inside yourself and trust your instincts.

Boys: don't be like Ed. Nobody likes a greedy boy. The world is more than just what is convenient for you and your needs.

Jul 28, 2014
  • madisonkenney rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. The illustrations added something unique. I really felt for the characters and thought it was very well written.

Apr 24, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Why We Broke Up is by Daniel Handler and features art by Maira Kalman, and both elements elevate it above your average high school romance novel.

Min has just left a box on Ed's doorstep. The box contains the pieces of evidence of their brief relationship, as well as letters explaining each piece's importance.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/why_we_broke_up_handler

Dec 29, 2013
  • blackjack2ne1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Quite the interesting read. The characters have depth and unlike some readers, I liked the old movie references. It shows Min's passion of things other people like Ed don't really understand. She's different from the other girls he dated and that's what made it interesting. The concept was well thought out and I loved every second of reading this book.

i love this book especcially the dialog it got only a little boring when talking about what they where doing hope you love it im only 13 im not bored very easily have a nice day !

May 31, 2013
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Earnest and nerdy Min tells her version of her first love. She and star basketball player Ed Slaterton have recently broken up. Each chapter is prefaced with Maira Kalman's colourful, spare, yet lush paintings of the mementoes Min kept from the romance. Min enlists these souvenirs to remind her of the reasons for the break-up and her first heartbreak. Witty and poignant

Daniel Handler is Lemony Snicket?

So he switched names.

Mar 15, 2013
  • ACatNamedTofu rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I read this because of Daniel Handler being Lemony Snicket but oh my god was it ever different. There was a great deal of underage drinking. It seems had there not been underage drinking, there might not have been a story. But I liked the concept, and the illustrations were really well done--even the ones of the condom wrappers which I must admit were kind of shocking because I didn't know the book would be like THAT when I started reading it. I don't know why so many people found the movie references hard to get. That was the point; only Min and her really good friends got them. Ed didn't, and Ed is the real reader. She just says how she feels and explains it with movie examples so don't have to know the movie to know what she's trying to say and that what's why I read this book to the end, but we're done now and you should know that's why we broke up.

Mar 12, 2013
  • unicornchick rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I found it very hard to read, due to the old movie references. Good plot and ideas, but not well written at all. Kind of like Stephanie Meyer..... I reccomend this book to anyone who loves old movies or want a challenge, but it isnt my sort of book.

i actually found this book pretty boring. the movie references were hard to understand, and it didn't make sense a lot of times. not horrible, but not good either.

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