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Why We Broke Up

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ISBN13: 9780316127264
ISBN10: 0316127264
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Staff Pick

Min narrates the rise and fall of her first great love with expressive flourishes and moments of raging melancholy as she takes inventory of the bits and pieces of their time together. Recognizable to anyone who's ever rummaged sadly through the shimmering detritus of a relationship.
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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"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.

Review:

"Characters are vivid, and their portrayal is enriched by realistic dialogue....Handler offers a heartbreaking, bittersweet, and compelling romance with a unique angle and flare." School Library Journal, starred review

Review:

"A bittersweet diatribe of their break-up arranged around objects...all the more powerful because of how they evoke truth more than any mere relaying of facts." Booklist, starred review

Review:

"As objects from the box are revealed in Kalman's vividly rendered paintings, readers are taken beneath the surface of what will no doubt be one of the most talked-about romances in teen literature....A poignant, exhilarating tale of a love affair gone to the dogs." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Review:

"Handler shows exceptional skill at getting inside Min's head and heart...lending real pathos to Min's memorabilia and making her sorrow all the more palpable." Publishers Weekly, starred review

Review:

"Handler is at his best when he's creating verbal collages of ordinary, recognizable high-school moments....Like the perfect breakup song, this turns the searing experience of losing your heart into a cathartic work of art." The Bulletin, starred review

Review:

"Kalman's spare illustrations of the objects heighten the overall enjoyment and perfectly complement Handler's accomplished prose." The Horn Book, starred review

Review:

"It's easy to predict how Handler's story will conclude from the book's few pages. It's more difficult to take such an everyday tragedy with a predictable ending and elevate it to an end point of enduring, emotionally effective art." Los Angeles Times

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

Review:

"Happiness, passion, betrayal, and despair are detailed in stream of consciousness....Why We Broke Up is real and compelling." VOYA

About the Author

Daniel Handler has written three novels under his own name, including The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, and Adverbs, and many books under the name Lemony Snicket, including All the Wrong Questions, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and the picture book 13 Words. He was dumped at least three times in high school.

Maira Kalman has written and illustrated many books, such as And the Pursuit of Happiness, The Principles of Uncertainty, Looking at Lincoln, Fireboat, and with Lemony Snicket, 13 Words. Her heart was broken in high school first by a boy who looked like Bob Dylan and shortly thereafter by one who looked like Leonard Cohen.

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Jillian St. John, May 25, 2014 (view all comments by Jillian St. John)
I just read the entire relationship between Min amd Ed. What a cleaver book this was. You have Min writing Ed a note to accompany a box full of things from their relationship (let's face it all of us girls keep little momentos from our relationships). Min goes thru each item from the very first to the very ladt and puts together the story of their relationship and why it didn't work out. They have so much fun and you really like Min even tho she is simultaneously pissing you off. But that moment when they finally do break up (which hello isn't a spoiler it's in the title) i found my self crying and feeling her heart break. I wanted so badly for a different ending. And even know I find myself wishing and wondering what are Min and Ed and Al and Annette and Lauren and Joan all doing right now? I'm happy that I read this book. It made me remember my first love and heartbreak. I think anyome who reads it will identify with Minerva. I wish I knew what she was doing right now...
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316127264
Author:
Handler, Daniel
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Illustrator:
Kalman, Maira
Subject:
Children s-General
Publication Date:
20131231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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Product details pages Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - English 9780316127264 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Min narrates the rise and fall of her first great love with expressive flourishes and moments of raging melancholy as she takes inventory of the bits and pieces of their time together. Recognizable to anyone who's ever rummaged sadly through the shimmering detritus of a relationship.

"Review" by , "Characters are vivid, and their portrayal is enriched by realistic dialogue....Handler offers a heartbreaking, bittersweet, and compelling romance with a unique angle and flare."
"Review" by , "A bittersweet diatribe of their break-up arranged around objects...all the more powerful because of how they evoke truth more than any mere relaying of facts."
"Review" by , "As objects from the box are revealed in Kalman's vividly rendered paintings, readers are taken beneath the surface of what will no doubt be one of the most talked-about romances in teen literature....A poignant, exhilarating tale of a love affair gone to the dogs."
"Review" by , "Handler shows exceptional skill at getting inside Min's head and heart...lending real pathos to Min's memorabilia and making her sorrow all the more palpable."
"Review" by , "Handler is at his best when he's creating verbal collages of ordinary, recognizable high-school moments....Like the perfect breakup song, this turns the searing experience of losing your heart into a cathartic work of art."
"Review" by , "Kalman's spare illustrations of the objects heighten the overall enjoyment and perfectly complement Handler's accomplished prose."
"Review" by , "It's easy to predict how Handler's story will conclude from the book's few pages. It's more difficult to take such an everyday tragedy with a predictable ending and elevate it to an end point of enduring, emotionally effective art."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Happiness, passion, betrayal, and despair are detailed in stream of consciousness....Why We Broke Up is real and compelling."
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