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Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
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Aug 26, 2012

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Read from February 25 to August 26, 2012

I had mixed feelings about this book. In the beginning I really liked how different it was from many of the other young adult "break up" novels I'd read, with its chapters each centered around some item that came from their relationship. Throughout the novel we see these gifts or relics of their relationship that each have a story behind them. Min reminisces about each item, telling Ed what her experience was with them and how she felt. It was an interesting idea for a break up, which is why it first caught my attention. What person hasn't wanted to open up and spill their emotions about certain events and items to their ex? I know I have!

After a certain point, as the story built and we learned how this couple came to be, I did start to lose interest. I think that to some degree, because I knew it was this letter to Ed, I felt like she was verging on being mental to need to keep harping on it all. I suppose it was my concern for how Min would come across to her ex that made me check out. Having said that, I think this novel is unique and brings this almost fresh approach to the break up story. Although I felt it was all a bit overdone by the end, I still think it was an interesting read.

Just as a side note, the other day one of my students came walking in with this book. When I asked her what she thought, she gushed (yes gushed!) and said, "I love how he gets a teen break up." I guess that's my answer. Although it wore me out, maybe it's the extended emotional mess that teens really feel and I just forget? It was fun getting that view from my student. Thankfully they reign in my cynical eye, right?

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