Why We Broke Up

Paperback | January 21, 2014

byDaniel HandlerIllustratorMaira Kalman

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The lavishly praised Printz Honour Award winner, now in paperback

Min Green and Ed Slaterton have broken up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they brokeup. A movie ticket from their first date, a comb from the motel room they shared, and every other memento 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.

Why We Broke Up is a sincere and moving portrait of first love, first heartbreak and all the firsts in between. Min’s smart, sharp, devastatingly honest voice is one of the most memorable in contemporary young adult literature.

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The lavishly praised Printz Honour Award winner, now in paperbackMin Green and Ed Slaterton have broken up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they brokeup. A movie ticket from their first date, a comb from the motel room they shared, and every other memento collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustr...

DANIEL HANDLER has written for grown-ups under his own name and for younger readers under the name Lemony Snicket. 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 and then by one who looked like Leonard Cohen.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:January 21, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443401900

ISBN - 13:9781443401906

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from not great found it was relentless and dragged on to much. At time it was hard to follow and it just is not a great read the hole novel is her writing a huge letter which is a dam book to her ex along with a box of things that remind her of him .
Date published: 2015-11-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't waste your money If you have low expectations for this book, than its for you, but if not, pass by it. Found it hard to follow.
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Why they broke up When I started reading it and realized that this whole book was a letter she was writing to her now ex boyfriend about why they broke up and weren't even together that long to begin with, I thought "Oh god, why did I buy this book?" But because the author is so creative and some passages were jut so relatable, and you grow to like these two completely opposite characters, I ended up loving the book. A fun, easy and quick read, brightens up your day and warms your heart. I give this one two thumbs up!
Date published: 2014-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is why they broke up My heart has gone through a cycle from being mushed and inflated up, to being stabbed a thousand times over, then left to mend slowly but surely. Okay, that has been exaggerated, but reading "Why We Broke Up" definitely elicited similar emotions close to that magnitude. Using various keepsakes from a box, Min Green writes to Ed Slaterton about each artifact explaining where they came from and why she's returning it to him. It paints an overall picture of a relationship - the kindling of a crush to a full-blown romance, and ultimately, the despicable demise of a short-lived courtship. These objects are the relicts of a passion set up to fail, and these objects are why they broke up. "Why We Broke Up" reminded me of David Levithan's "The Lover's Dictionary" where a love story is told through the A to Z of a dictionary. Insightful and creative, these two books are great companions to each other. The thing with "Why We Broke Up" is that I can see how schmaltzy and predictable it is but hardly bothers me at all. It is the novelization of the 90s cult tv show "My So-Called Life." It is the story of many teenagers and their first foray into love and sex. Predictable is sometimes fine, so long as that predictability is executed to the best it should be. "Why We Broke Up," with the stirring words of Daniel Handler and the striking illustrations by Maira Kalman, is one that achieves the best it should be.
Date published: 2014-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Broken as a fallen teacup Dumped. Like a dump truck. Like the cover of the teacup falling and then broken into pieces like this relationship. Sad and witty which made me wonder what could lead to such a “breakup”. Of course though, it would be bound to happen. Although I loved it, there were times when I thought to myself what am I getting out of this or searching for a purpose to follow along? WHY did they break up???! And in the spirit of really admiring Lemony Snicket from my childhood, there were also scenes that made you feel. When she looks at him, when he said I'm sorry (how many times? I don’t spoil). It's just beyond cute. It's something I would read in today's world and loved some little scenes. It made me reconsider maybe 4.5? But there wasn't enough to make it that rating so 4/5 it is. There are many sprinkles of what young adults are today and sometimes I wonder did teenagers do this before and still continue? It’s quite a great read, especially since it’s at the next level of Lemony Snicket’s children’s books. In fact it gets very sour, even to point of being very lemony.
Date published: 2014-07-01