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Why We Broke Up: A Book Review

Title: Why We Broke Up

 Book Blurb: 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. {Read more…}

 Book Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

 Lusters: ✻✻✻✻✻

I first saw this book in National Bookstore, its ever charming cover luring me in. I had a bad case of a break up hang up that time and I started to run through the pages. The novel was a breath of fresh air. The novel is supposed to be a letter of Min, a “different” girl to Ed Slaterton, school’s hot basketball co-captain, with fancy illustrations of the things that the poor girl wanted to give back to Ed. A common break up move, but not mine. 

Each item tells a story. Each item represented a chapter of the teenage love affair, which ended up tearfully. Sorry, just spoiled you. I love the writing style and I adore it; Daniel Handler is mighty with words. His one-sentence paragraphs is comparable to a blackhole that seeps you in and make the time stop, making you remember your first heartbreak, or your first kiss, or how you believed in forever when your first love solidified into your life.

I know need not read a young adult story like this at my age (mid 20’s), but Daniel’s writing style had me at the first read. I fell in love with his weaved words that this whole review would just point out to how much I love the way Daniel writes, but kind of disliked the shallow story. But then, your first teenage heartbreak gets more shallower as the years progress, as opposed to that very moment when all your hormones were raging up and when you thought that that’s how love is supposed to be — panting after a few moments of kisses, the phone overheating to your night-long (again permit me to use the word)  shallow conversations and the bursting of negative, heavy emotions at the faint hint of your boyfriend or girlfriend having someone else. 

I like Min, by the way. She is arty. She is someone that I want to meet. She is someone that I want to be friends with. She is someone that I wish a part of myself is — very passionate about her interests. I like her ideas, her bold stunts, her themed parties, her affection for coffee with extra cream and three sugars, and for Ed. I was kind of like her when my first love is at its climax, cold with her friends. 

At this point, please know that I am not impressed with the story as it was predictable and that not that totally rad (or maybe because it just reminded me of my bad romance), but the writing made the book a great, imprinting read. Though sometimes, I have to admit that I am as jumbled as Min’s thoughts (bottom line: it was confusing I have to read the entire paragraph all over again). It’s just that the pacing of the scenes are fast and sometimes, I couldn’t keep up or I was again thinking of other things while reading. 

I kind of like Daniel Handler. I am curious about other books that he can write. But right now, I am going to bombard you with my favorite lines! 

Letting my hair down with my hair up, in a rubber band from your doorknob, and your shirt riding up as you hung out on the floor, your shorts loose and low, the small of your back I’d watched all day. Take it back, Ed. Take it all back.

I can see it, Ed, I leaned deeper into you, felt you nodding along with the sounds in the room, and your warmth signaled through to me from under your shirt, lovely strong, safe and right. 

To stop staring at you, I kept fiddling with the sugar until you stopped my hand with yours.

This is like a cookie, it tastes like a cookie having sex with a doughnut. 

*More of this book: Why We Broke Up on Goodreads


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