"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 motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.
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©2011 Daniel Handler (P)2011 Hachette
"Written with an emotional depth that allows both adult and teen readers to revisit memories of heartbreak and find pieces of themselves in Min--and maybe even Ed, Why We Broke Up will leave you wondering how Handler knows exactly what it's like to be a teenage girl in love." (Amazon.com review)
"The Lemony Snicket author (writing under his own name) convincingly inhabits the mind of Min, a teenage girl reeling from her first heartbreak. This poignant, bittersweet novel centers on a box of objects infused with memories of her brief, unforgettable love." (Entertainment Weekly)
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
This story is in no way even remotely close to my own experience in high school, but Handler has managed to evoke the way things felt and the way kids interact. He has managed to remind me that there were actually good things about high school. That there were good things about teenagers. And he's done it without ignoring the rotten things about teenagers and high school. And without resorting to some gimmicky trick like underappreciated geniuses or special needs kids or drug problems or social consciousness raising. He just tells a normal simple very real story, but with really vivid compelling characters. Maybe I shouldn't call it normal and simple. First loves can be so intense and so affecting. And yet it's normal in that everyone has been through it. Handler just does such a terrific job of evoking every single detail. Khristine Hvam does a fantastic job of capturing the nuances of how kids talks; different from my generation, but not so different from how my own kids talked at that age.
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