Book Review: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman (Illustrator)

Why we broke up

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Book Description (from Goodreads):

I’m telling you why we broke up, Ed. I’m writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.

Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item 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.

Book Review:

In this story, through a long letter that Min is writing to Ed, we explore their relationship since they met until their breakup.

What I loved: The beautiful illustrations by Maira Kalman that enrich the story.

My favorite characters: Ed (for most of the book) and Al (Min’s best friend who was incredible supportive of her).

The story is rich and descriptive, I read the book in two days, I couldn’t wait to find out more about Min’s box and the story behind it and I was more caught with each page.

The book has some really mixed reviews in Goodreads, for that reason I think is important to mention that the writing is more complex than in other books from the same genre (the author definitely has his own style), there are some really long sentences and references that sometimes can make you lose track a little (I had to re-read some paragraphs but this didn’t make me enjoy less the book).

Would I recommend this book? Yes, because is a story full of emotions, has a good plot and because it kept me intrigued until the end.

My favorite quote from the book “You either have the feeling or you don’t” Hawk Davies.

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