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Why We Broke Up (Y por eso rompimos #1-8)

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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
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Published December 27th 2011 by Little, Brown Young Readers
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Jessica Chester I hope not. I don't think anyone will pay to spend 90 minutes with Ed and his insufferable friends.
Fran Becker There's also Daddy Longlegs by Jean Webster (on which the Fred Astaire movie was based) and Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn, which is pretty clever -- as…moreThere's also Daddy Longlegs by Jean Webster (on which the Fred Astaire movie was based) and Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn, which is pretty clever -- as letters of the alphabet are banned, citizens try to write to each other without using those particular letters. 84 Charing Cross Road is very touching, the letters exchanged between an American book lover and a British bookshop owner in the 1950s. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Eating Pie Society was getting attention a few years back. That should get you started. :)(less)
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Why We Got Together by Reynje

Dear ‘Why We Broke Up’,

It wasn’t that long ago that I thought I would be writing you a break-up letter. A terse, thanks-but-no-thanks, it’s-not-me-it’s-you-now-kindly-get-lost note. I can be acerbic when I’m annoyed and there it is, the admission, the honest truth that I thought you would annoy me.

It makes me wonder why I buy books sometimes, whether it’s truthfully the book itself I want or the simple act of acquisition I crave. Is it the words I tell myself I nee
Dec 29, 2013 Bern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with feelings.
I'm going to tell you something, whoever-is-going-read-this-review,

if anybody will be reading this piece of junk that I am writing as I go at all. I'm going to tell you something and you better believe me because if I bothered to tell you this, it's because it has to be true since I'm not one to give advice to strangers. I don't know how personal this might get or how convoluted and confusing the message i'm going to attempt to convey to you will be, but I guess it's what some people say, right
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I feel like I just went through a break up.
Tiphanie Neely
Let me tell you, book, why we broke up.

You were in first person, the narrator being a girl who (constantly, constantly) was being called arty, different, and who always hated it, who always repeated herself and wrote in run on sentences like it would sound different. And that's why we broke up.

Her boyfriend, this different girl's boyfriend, is a jock, and quite clearly from day 1 an asshat and a loser, and yet she dated him and loved him within two weeks of ever knowing him, and it was such a
Nov 11, 2011 Tatiana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kirkus
This breakup story has a nice premise, but the narrator, as written by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), is too artsy/quirky/hormonal/annoying for my taste. Her penchant for run-on sentences and pages-long angst-filled paragraphs is hard to appreciate. The dialog is mostly annoying too.

It is worth mentioning though, that this book got starred reviews from pretty much every major professional review publication. So I am clearly going against the grain here.
Nov 26, 2013 Oriana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
First, here's just one elided line—not even the most wonderful line, just a lovely one—out of a million beautiful lines that encapsulates why Daniel Handler is the most wonderful startlingly unique best ever: "You snacked away into the other room, and the rubber band sat in my hand, a loose worm, a lazy snake, a wide-open lasso ready to rodeo something." Who writes like that? Who is more fantastic than Daniel Handler? No one, no one, no one. Holy goodness gracious this book is so good.

Another t
Aj the Ravenous Reader
3.5 stars

What happens when an “arty”, “different” kind of girl like Min dates a popular, selfish prick like Ed? Why We Broke Up happens. ^^

Remember how your English teacher brought out the artistic and literary side of you when she/he tricked/forced you into telling something about yourself through show and tell? This book is kind of written that way. It is about a box of Ed Slaterton treasures Min Green collected during the entire course of their relationship.

It is a very cute concept with th
Jan 29, 2012 Caris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
God. Damn.

How smart and clever does a person have to be before the rest of us revolt and rip him to shreds, shamelessly holding on to the hope that we’ll each get to eat one of the pieces? I’m going to be completely candid here: I want to eat a piece of Daniel Handler.

There should, I think, be an award given for voice. Creating a unique voice for a character, something that makes her stand out, is incredibly difficult. But Handler does it without effort. I think the way Min thinks/talks will pu
 Imani ♥ ☮
I did not finish this book.

Nor, do I have any intention of doing so.

I don't pretend to be an expert on Lemony Snicket or whoever. I did not read that 'series of unfortunate events' series and frankly, never plan on doing so, either. But I can say, that this author, has-theoretically-disappointed me.

It's not that the plot was bad...necessarily.

It's just that...the whole thing was very annoying. I didn't like the main characters. I didn't like how every little thing of every thing someone did had
Feb 12, 2013 Ariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I haven't read something I so enjoyed in quite a long while.

I read this book with my friend Jesse. Every day we would set a target and read up until that point, sharing what we thought of that section, gushing or ranting. That experience was so much fun and it definitely added to the reasons why I loved it - it was something I shared with a friend.

However, this book didn't need that added loveliness for me to give it five stars. The biggest point of WOO for me is the writing. Daniel Handler
Jun 05, 2013 Jon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to tear their eyes out
My old review was pretty terrible so one of these days I'll rewrite it!
Nov 12, 2011 Alexa marked it as didnt-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, arc, tour
I read up to page 41 in Why We Broke Up, and I could not bring myself to read more. I felt like the story was going so fast, and I got irritated with Min's voice (the story is a letter Min wrote to her ex-boyfriend, some jock guy from her school called Ed). And Ed? Who? I couldn't even picture him in my head. Seriously, I just saw a blob. I even skimmed to see why they broke up, and it was very annoying. If I actually read the entire book, I'm pretty sure I would have gotten a headache.

Now, with
Raeleen Lemay
May 12, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This book was BEAUTIFUL and AMAZING, but something that bothered me was how some of the things Min talked about made me think the book should have been titled Why We Shouldn't Have Dated in the First Place . You can see how these things about Ed bothered her right from the beginning, but she just went with it anyway. grrrrr.
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
I'm going to try to keep my review brief... I did not like this book. At no point in the book was I enjoying the process of reading it. The relationship felt ridiculous and nonsensical, and I spent the entire 375 pages wondering "why did they get together in the first place??" This question was never answered for me. The lead character, Min, was pretentious and unbearable. And every time a character said she was great because she was different, I wanted to throw the book across the room. I hated ...more
Jul 11, 2015 Hassan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
when i saw that book in the bookstore i really liked how it looked, and the illustrations were amazing
it was very tempting to buy, so i did buy it, not expecting for a book with this amazing illustrations and an author like Daniel Handler a.k.a lemony snicket, to be bad
but sadly All that glitters is not gold.

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i had a lot of major issues with this book
like the second person point of view narrating, and the characters who didn't actually feel like humans, they're like a human qualities had been pe
ravngirl ((prv. Jxsxph.k))
What is this? What is this?

I think I've left a piece of my heart somewhere between the first page and the last one.

Just 80 pages in and I've been crying like crazy (and I'm not a cryer) , and my god I can't breathe and as much as I tried to hold it in, the tears just kept coming like an uproar from my throat, and I can't feel my eyes anymore, what is this life, I feel nude in the middle of a hailstorm, as if the writer searched deep into my soul, because the writing is so so so beautiful and
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I read this novel last week, so I don’t remember much of how I felt while I read it, except from what I have to go by from my notes, but I do remember thinking, the very moment I finished it, that I hated it. I hated this book with a passion. Ironically, it wasn’t even because I didn’t like it – it was because I liked it so much, I was so sucked into this tale and its characters and wrapped up in this crazy, beautiful, teenage dream that was the life of the main character
I have never experienced a break up.

You know, one of those, ‘she doesn’t have to have her fresh young fellows tape back, but there’s not a long of things that she’ll take back’ kind of break up or the ‘And I’m here to remind you of the mess you left when you went away-It’s not fair to deny me of the cross I bear that you gave to me’ angsty throw yourself across the room break up. Or the pathetic ‘It’s been seven hours and 15 days / since you took your love away’- no… can’t say that I have… unle
Carolina García
Dec 09, 2014 Carolina García rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
· "My hymen is extremely flammable" ·

Debo admitir que me compré este libro por los dibujitos () y, sin siquiera haber leído la contratapa, lo empecé a leer. Ya desde el comienzo, me sorprendió mucho la originalidad de la historia, es decir, que la protagonista le diera cierre a su relación con Ed Slaterton poniendo todos los objetos que de alguna forma u otra estuvieran ligados a su pasado en una caja y devolviéndosela:

Como si eso fuera poco, cada objeto cuenta una historia y es así como Minnie
A very unique read. I enjoyed this for the most part though I found some parts very confusing and hard to understand. The writing and pictures are consistently beautiful.
Maxi  ❥
Jan 09, 2016 Maxi ❥ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one on Earth and other planets
Recommended to Maxi ❥ by: Booktube
I kind of feel bad for her about how it ended but yeah, this wasn't really for me, at all.

(I don't think I'm going to write an in-depth review on Why We Broke Up, but if you want one just ask.)

Reasons why I didn't like this book at all:

I. The author wasted all the potential of the book, because the idea and the art inside were really good but the rest is a big nope.
II. The writing style is just a mess. I don't why he decided to go for this type of writing but WTF, I skipped paragraphs and paragr
Dec 18, 2014 Jude rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-shelf

Okay so, I just wanna start by saying that this is going to be one of those heart felt and emotional reviews, ‘cause i really connected with the story and it really had an impact in my life - sounds dramatic but it did.

I had no intention of reading this book, whatsoever. I got it because I won a box of books last year and this book just happened to be in it, it was just one of those books that somehow happens to rest upon your shelf. No biggie.

A certain series of event
Feb 25, 2013 Fred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book where describing what happened kind of misses the point, because it's not really about that. But, I've gotta start somewhere, so ... it's written as an angry, passionate, heart-broken and heart-breaking letter, from Minerva Green, a quirky off-beat cinephile, to her former boyfriend, king jock and jerk, Ed Slaterton. The letter accompanies a box, filled with "the prizes and debris of this relationship, like the glitter in the gutter when the parade has passed, all the everything a ...more
Mar 27, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book will make you fall in love and then break up with you without a second glance. I loved it.
Jun 25, 2013 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
Jan 21, 2012 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to begin of with saying that the book was different and that's what caught my attention in the first place. It was interesting, it kept me reading.

Each souvenir, I guess I could say that Min collected each time she spent with Ed or spent doing something for Ed has a story behind it, and that is this story. After they broke up Min sends back each of them back to him along with a letter and so the story unspools to the reader.

It speaks about how fragile a lust-driven teenage can be. The st
Oct 28, 2012 Greg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5. This one is difficult for me because as I was reading this book I HATED it. Seriously, passionately, vocally. As a book of my memory, my hatred is softened, but still present. However, and this is a big however, I'm not convinced it's a bad book. I didn't like it, but I think it's a taste issue.

The narrative style is interesting and it seems like he spent some time thinking about the mechanics of it, but ultimately decided to make the reader suspend a certain amount of disbelief. I was una
May 09, 2012 Kristi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the premise of this novel. Absolutely loved it! I thought it was genius. I mean, didn’t everyone make one of those boxes full of all those obscure items from your relationship that don’t really many anything to anyone but you. I know I’ve burned a few of those. What can I say? I’ve had some bad break-ups. I think I was so excited about the premise of this novel that once I was done reading I felt very underwhelmed.

The only reason I kept reading is because I wanted to see why they broke u
Eileen Daly-Boas
Ehhh, this didn't do anything for me. I finished it only to find the predictable ending did actually happen. Maybe it's just too much like high school, which I didn't enjoy all that much in the first place. I could imagine my 15-18 year-old self liking it perhaps. Seemed just a bit too long...there's only so much self-involved teenage angst one can reasonably be expected to read. Handler does a good job with the voice though. The fake movies the main character cites get annoying after a short wh ...more
Jubilation Lee
There are two ways you can look at Why We Broke Up--okay, there’s probably lots of different ways, dammit, but I’m narrowing it down to two.

First off, we have

1) Are you fucking kidding me? This entire (ridiculously wordy) book is a goddamn letter? A single breakup letter? About a relationship that only lasted two months!? GIRL! GET YOUR PRIORITIES IN GEAR! NO ONE GIVES A SHIT!!

This, I’ll admit, is kind of how I approached the book initially. I was very much on the I don’t have time for this kin
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Daniel Handler is the author of the novels The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, Adverbs and, most recently, the Michael J. Printz Honor-winning Why We Broke Up, a collaboration with noted illustrator Maira Kalman. He also worked with Kalman on the book Girls Standing on Lawns and Hurry Up and Wait (May 2015). Under the name Lemony Snicket he has written the best-selling books series All The Wrong Qu ...more
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