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Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
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Nov 15, 12

bookshelves: girls, boys, high-school-read, love, printz-honor-book
Read in April, 2012

TCL Call#: YA HANDLER

Marisa's rating: 3 stars
The story begins with the narrator and main character, Min dropping off a box to her former boyfriend. Inside she chronicles all the items she is returning to him, post break-up. Each item tells a story of the relationship and is also accompanied by a dynamic painting. Daniel Handler is able to capture of the voice of a teenaged girl incredibly precisely. While the story becomes sad of course, what struck me was how much teens see the events of their lives as critical -- there is no big picture zen-ness. I loved how much Min felt when her and her love interest break up as well as her ability to look back at the past and see the ultimately flaws in their love story. "Why We Broke Up" is an interesting foray into YA literature that is stimulating for adults too.
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