Why We Broke up

Why We Broke up

Novel

Book - 2012
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Min Green and Ed Slaterton have broken up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is every item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship and each item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2012
Edition: 1st Canadian ed
ISBN: 9781443401906
Branch Call Number: YA HAN
Characteristics: 354 p. :,col. ill. ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Kalman, Maira

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kg09
Aug 04, 2016

The best part of the book was the last 25 pages. Other than that, the book was good but not amazing.
Really cool concept especially with the illustrations.The actual plot, character development and writing style were just ok.

A satisfying relationship post-mortem that will surprise you with its emotional depth. The illustrations and general framing are very effective at taking you right back to that 'first love' feeling. I would have liked a more nuanced approach to sexuality (e.g. an actual gay character rather than just gayness being used as a point of debate), and for the narrative to push back a bit more against the harmful 'you're not like other girls' idea.

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cara123
Jun 12, 2016

Interesting concept for a book. Was a quick and easy read, however I felt that there was limited character development, but it does a good job at touching on relationship issues of adolescent love.

LPL_CentennialC Jan 26, 2016

We’ve all been there. Break ups, especially in high school, can be rough. This novel, written by Daniel Handler & illustrated by Maira Kalman, tells the story of Minerva & Ed’s high school romance.

If you’re a masochist who loves break up stories, this book is for you. If you’re not so sure about them, there’s still plenty in this story for you. The concept of the book is something special. The story is told in letter form, from Minerva to Ed. This format brings a unique perspective to the story, and works beautifully paired with Daniel Handler’s rhythmic prose & fast-paced dialogue. Each chapter begins with an illustration of an object relating to their relationship, and tells the story relating to it. The illustrations are simple & vibrant, and the intrigue of how the object related to the story made me keep reading onto the next chapter...and the next...until I finished the book in one sitting.

Overall, the story isn’t groundbreaking. But somehow, the familiarity of it makes this book all the better. Why We Broke Up is a quirky little piece of storytelling, and I’d highly recommend it to any teen (or adult)!

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jul 16, 2015

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

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lanapea17
Apr 02, 2015

I honestly love this book. After breaking up with my boyfriend this book helped me get through it alot easier. I'm so happy that I found this book! All the characters in this book were so descriptive and relatable. I really enjoyed all the old reference sin this book!!
Overall 10/10

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nidofito
Sep 07, 2014

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.

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madisonkenney
Jul 28, 2014

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

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blackjack2ne1
Dec 29, 2013

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.

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Readalot_123
Aug 05, 2013

I liked the book but I was also quite frustrated with Min most times as well. The way the book was written was quite annoying to me, and I just kept getting confused by the series of events. Although I love the concept of the book, it fell a little flat to me.

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nptne
Aug 08, 2012

I love this book. It's about a girl who broke up with her boyfriend. She expains their memories and the stories behind each object that she has in a box. She expains them in a letter & gives the letter & the box back to Ed, her ex. It's a really good book

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