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Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
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Apr 14, 2012

it was amazing

This is a lovely book, and Handler/Kalman are a great team. They did one of the greatest, and certainly the most surreal picture books ever together (though Handler published "13 Words" as Lemony Snicket, not as Daniel Handler). Here, the illustrations are charming and affecting, as they depict each of the items Min(erva) is returning in a box to her ex, and explaining why --why the item represents an important emotional event, and why Min is now returning it. It's bittersweet and poignant, and it resonates emotionally to that first big heartbreak you had (if you did--if you've never had romantic heartbreak, what kind of freak are you?!). The hardcover edition, at least, is beautifully packaged--the author/illustrator blurbs and the blurbs from other YA authors "about" this book MUST not be missed. They add value all by themselves.
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