Sunday, May 18, 2014

Why We Broke Up

Why We Broke Up
by: Daniel Handler

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you want a really unique and different take on a young adult romance.
Category: Young Adult

This book follows the relationship of Min Green and Ed Slaterton, but it is told through the letters she writes him when she is dropping off a box of mementos from their relationship after it has finished. So every letter has this story included in the overall explanation of "why we broke up." It's definitely a unique view on relationships and I like that. I also liked the illustrations (by Maira Kalman) and the way that was all integrated into the story. But overall it just wasn't my favorite.

Things I liked
Again, I enjoyed the unique take on things. It was definitely a totally different route than I had ever read before.

I also enjoyed the illustrations and what that added to the story as a whole. Some things weren't even explained in the story because the illustration captured it and I thought that was cool.

Things I didn't
I just did not like Ed Slaterton. From the very beginning, I just hated him. Now, granted, they don't make him out to be all bad from the beginning, but I just didn't like him. I didn't connect with him. I didn't care about him, and while yes, that is "why they broke up," I just didn't enjoy reading their story knowing that the whole thing is about the 2 of them and I don't even get to see what happens in her next relationship that actually seems like it will work out okay. I don't know, maybe it was just me, but I just couldn't get into that.

Overall: Unique, interesting and could be more appealing to others than it was to me.

Book 27 of 50

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