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Why We Broke Up

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  56,943 ratings  ·  7,474 reviews
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
Paperback, 354 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published December 27th 2011)
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Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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'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
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I feel like I just went through a break up.
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, kindle
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
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.
Jun 28, 2011 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
Oct 12, 2012 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
 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
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
Hannah Azerang
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book will make you fall in love and then break up with you without a second glance. I loved it.
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 t
Nov 08, 2011 marked it as didnt-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, tour, arc
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
Jan 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My old review was pretty terrible so one of these days I'll rewrite it! ...more
Jun 20, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
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
WOW. Oh wow.
What an astonishingly infuriating... girl (and not the word I’m actually thinking of).
He treats her like trash and she.... goes with it. SHE JUST TAKES IT!!!
Ohhhh, AND!! Of course she has a best friend who treats her like gold and is madly in love with her but, does she give him a second thought??... that’s right - You guessed it!! Blockhead.😒

And the thing is, I would’ve accepted it all—kill me as it might—had there been some kind of a lesson or anything resembling that at th
Feb 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh dear God, finally! It's over.
Forget half stars guys, goodreads needs to add some sort of negative stars.
I'd gladly buy a physical copy of this just so I can burn it. I'm sorry to the author and everyone that worked on this but I so regret reading it, to put it bluntly.

Buddy read with Awwwww it's her
Lala BooksandLala
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Holy Numbersign Exclamationmark this was so good! Simple, relatable, honest. Daniel Handler successfully wrote a YA contemporary that didn't TRY so damn hard - this is simply a girl in high school navigating a relationship and break up. It didn't try to reach some immense philosophical level, or dive into character's backgrounds and try to find some meaningful depth behind their actions, and it didn't have an unrealistic character arc where lives are changed forever in a span of 2 months. We got ...more
so much of being a lemony snicket fan is forcing yourself to forget about anything he wrote under his real name.

part of a series i'm doing in which i review books i read a long time ago out of a love of complaining
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

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
Jun 13, 2011 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
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book #3 for booktubeathon 2017

Wowee I'm sad but it's the good kind of sad I think? So many things so many things.
1. Ed is the worst
2. I love Min
3. I have never experienced that kind of heartbreak and break up and I hope I NEVER DO.
4. I enjoyed the writing style for the most part even though sometimes it got to be a little too much and I felt my eyes skipping down past to the next part.
5. All in all pretty good.
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
Apr 02, 2011 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
This book was so weird.

I sort of liked Why We Broke Up but some of the things in this breakup box confused me. ALSO, this box definitely reminded me of the purse in Mary Poppins. Oh yeah, this book is about Min, who is the MC, and her breakup box to her ex boyfriend Ed. It contains so many freaking things in it and her explanations as to why she put them in there. I'm honestly in awe that she could fit everything in this magical box because the picture that had the little drawn box WOULD NOT hav
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.
Dec 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2012 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
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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Daniel Handler is the author of seven novels, including Why We Broke Up, We Are Pirates, All The Dirty Parts and, most recently, Bottle Grove.

As Lemony Snicket, he is responsible for numerous books for children, including the thirteen-volume A Series of Unfortunate Events, the four-volume All the Wrong Questions, and The Dark, which won the Charlotte Zolotow Award. 

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