YA Book Review: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

 

 

Every once in a while a book comes along that is capable of capturing the essence of an experience. For almost anyone who ever had a short-lived but passionate first love, this book is it. Min has her life arranged comfortably around her loyal group of friends and her obsession with cinema. One night at a party, Ed Slaterton (co-captain of the basketball team and all-around Mr. Popular) throws her life on it’s head. Even though their relationship lasted less than two months, this book artfully illustrates the rollercoaster ride that is so often a high school relationship. As the book winds on, Min (through a letter to Ed and objects she is returning to him) recounts every instance of what kept her in love and what should have helped her realize she needed to walk away.

Try this if you like realistic fiction, drama, first-person narrative, or even a little mystery. Also, though significantly less solemn, this might be good for fans of 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

WhyWeBrokeUp cover

Book illustrations by Maria Kalman

 

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