Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 12/03/2013
“The Lemony Snicket author convincingly inhabits the mind of Min, a teenage girl reeling from her first heartbreak. This poignant, bittersweet novel centers on a box of objects infused with memories of her brief, unforgettable love.”
This is the box, Ed.
Inside is everything.
Two bottle caps,
a movie ticket from Greta in the Wild,
a note from you,
a box of matches,
the stolen sugar,
a toy truck,
those ugly earrings,
a comb from the motel,
and the rest of it.
This is it, Ed.
The whole story of why we broke up.
The thing is with your heart’s desire is that your heart doesn’t even know what it desires until it turns up. -Daniel Handler, Why We Broke Up
For the record, I’ve never been very interested in contemporary novels (unless it’s Morgan Matson). But even Matson’s books aren’t solely romance; they’re focused around family and friendships also. When it’s not, things just gets tiring for me…I reached about three quarters through until I skipped to read one of the last chapters (I know, awful). On the contrary, Handler’s writing itself is some of the best I’ve ever found in a young adult novel, but the topic just wasn’t in my interest.
I didn’t find Min very likable at all; Ed, and Al (her best friend) were okay, but everyone else in the book was basically just a major side character. Of course, because Min is narrating the story about every item in the box, the book is generally very focused around those three characters, which makes sense I guess. Besides that, the whole box idea is really unique and wonderful, and so was the artwork; those things were basically what motivated me to pick up Why We Broke Up. As Asia @LostArtofReading put it..I think it might’ve been me, not the book this time.
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