Fiction · Julia P · Page-Turner · Relationships · Young Adult

Why We Broke Up | by Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011, 368 pages)

This Printz honor book was a quick read for me. Min and Ed have broken up and the book takes the form of a letter Min has written and is planning to drop off at Ed’s house, complete with a box of things she kept throughout their relationship. We are taken through the whole relationship, from the very beginning when they got together, through the highs of a new relationship, to it’s ending. Handler does an amazing job capturing the voice of Min through the letter. Not to mention the art provided by Maira Kalman only enhances the experience of reading this book.

While you’re reading you’ll undoubtedly reflect back to what it was like being in a relationship in high school – the intense emotions Handler describes are spot on 😉 I really enjoyed this title, though it took me a little bit to get acclimated to Min’s “voice” – it comes across as stream of consciousness writing at times, which is fitting, but can take some getting used to. Also, there’s a tumblr called “The Why We Broke Up Project” which allows you to share your own stories of heartbreak.

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