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
I will start this review saying that I really wanted to love this book. I know so many people who went all crazy for this one that I thought I could be one of them. The premise is good, and I could see why Why We Broke Up could be a wonderful journey. I could see… Until I got to the reading.
I could cry, just because I was so disappointed! This book tells the tale of Min and Ed, and, obviously, why they broke up. With a young love portrayed, full of lust and romance, Min goes through the reasons they broke up telling us, in a letter, little stories about how they were together. Don’t seem too bad, right? But the way she does it is so absolutely annoying. I couldn’t stand Min and her personality. I couldn’t stand her voice in the narrative, and thought the book was too slow paced.
Ed isn’t all that great, too. As a reader, I couldn’t find myself in those characters, and as a person, I couldn’t see their reasons ad attitudes as normal, or right. How can you continue reading a book that doesn’t appeal to you at all? It was very difficult, but I was hoping, all the way, for a page turner event. For some real good ending, a perfect way to close this disaster. But the end was the most disappointing part: it was exactly what I thought it could be when I read the title of Daniel Handler’s book.
Not all was lost: I really liked the movies references, and that’s part of why I kept going.
It could really be a matter of taste, but I had too many problems with the way it was written that I can really say that is was a matter of execution. The book could be good, but has too much patronizing ideas along its pages, put in between the whining and crying of a girl I couldn’t like at all.