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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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Hardcover, 354 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for 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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Reynje
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
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Bern
May 10, 2012 Bern rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone with feelings.
I'm going to tell you something, whoever-is-going-to-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 I'm not one to give advice to strangers (unless they're lost on the subway, or wondering where the nearest KFC is. I always know where the nearest KFC is). I don't know how personal or convoluted this might get, but I guess it's what some people say, right? "The important thing is
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Feb 05, 2013 Jesse (JesseTheReader) rated it it was amazing
I feel like I just went through a break up.
Vera
Apr 02, 2012 Vera rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, kindle, 2012
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
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Tatiana
Aug 18, 2011 Tatiana rated it did not like it
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.
Oriana
Jun 28, 2011 Oriana rated it it was amazing
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
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 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
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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
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Ariel
Oct 12, 2012 Ariel rated it really liked it
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
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Raeleen Lemay
Dec 15, 2011 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, young-adult
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.
Jon
Jan 25, 2012 Jon rated it did not like it
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!
Alexa
Nov 08, 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
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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
Hassan
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
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Kim
Mar 06, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
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
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Ylenia (slothreads)
Jun 20, 2014 Ylenia (slothreads) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one on Earth and other planets
Recommended to Ylenia by: Booktube
Shelves: 2015-reads
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
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Carolina Stroschein
Sep 07, 2014 Carolina Stroschein rated it really liked it
· "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 Minni
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Keertana
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
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Jude
Sep 10, 2011 Jude rated it it was amazing
Shelves: in-my-shelf
ALL OF THE FIVE STARS!



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
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Hannah
Jun 28, 2015 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.
Jennifer
Oct 19, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
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.
Fred
Jun 13, 2011 Fred rated it it was amazing
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
Kristi
Apr 02, 2011 Kristi rated it did not like it
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
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Greg
Oct 16, 2012 Greg rated it it was ok
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
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Miguel
Dec 26, 2011 Miguel rated it did not like it
So this is it. The definitive breakup story. The ode to all those who loved not wisely but too well and were caught like a deer in headlights by some hackneyed plot-twist, irony, that everyone could see but them.

Handler could had written this book just for me. But not because I identified with his generic and lowest-common-denominator story of heartbreak, but because I am "breaking up" with one of my favorite authors who has released one of the most disappointing works of "modern literature" I'v
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Sivakami
Dec 10, 2011 Sivakami rated it liked it
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
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Eileen Daly-Boas
Jan 10, 2012 Eileen Daly-Boas rated it it was ok
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
Mel
May 05, 2013 Mel rated it really liked it
“Y comencé a hacer planes, pensando que llegaríamos tan lejos.”

Qué complicado explicar esto, ¿no? Primero parto de lo básico, las cartas escritas por Min están muy bien escritas, me gustó mucho. Y que se acuerde de cada diálogo, cada frase y cada momento, creo que si yo hubiese sido ella (y con mi memoria a corto plazo), le daba los recuerdos a Ed con un “Te quiero, te quise, te odié, te odio” y listo. Pero acá no hablamos de mí, sino de Min.

Los dibujos de Maira Kalman son muy lindos, me enc
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Gaby
Nov 25, 2015 Gaby marked it as dnf
Shelves: not-for-me
Comencé este libro porque el título me llamó la atención. Lo aguanté hasta la mitad, no pude seguir.

Es completamente malo.

La trama del libro era de esperarse con ese nombre, lo que no lo fue era una protagonista tan... estúpida.

No sé si es que yo soy insensible, o no soy detallista, o qué, pero no entiendo quién chingadas guarda tantas idioteces.

Todos los personajes son vacíos, al igual que todo lo que leí en general. No me hizo ni cosquillas. En ningún momento logré conectar con nada. Pasé todo
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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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