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Monday, August 13, 2012

Why We Broke Up

I had heard through the grapevine that Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Moira Kalman was a fantastic break-up book, so of course I read it asap.  They weren't lying. 

Min goes to return a box of things that represent her relationship with Ed.  On the way, Min writes Ed a letter explaining why they broke up.  This is her letter.  It outlines their relationship.  It lays out the red flags that Min should have seen.  It bares Min's soul and her pain.  It's raw; it's real.

Talk about being blown away.  I was blown away.  How intense and lovely and open and heartbreaking and honest this book was.  It's told from Min's perspective in first person, and I felt like I was her.  I was falling in love with the super popular football player.  I was falling for his words and for his earnestness.  I ignored the same red flags that Min did.  And I ultimately had my soul trampled on by this horrible, inconsiderate boy named Ed.

The illustrations of the items in the box only heighten the hurt.  They only make it more real.  I really can't recommend this book enough.  It was the highlight of my week.

Kindle version on the left, hard copy on the right:

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