Why We Broke Up


Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Pub: 2011

Going through the box of mementos of their brief time dating, Min writes a letter to Ed about what went wrong with their relationship.

Opening line:

In a sec you’ll hear a thunk. At your front door, the one nobody uses. It’ll rattle the hinges a bit when it lands, because it’s so weighty and important, a little jangle along with the thunk, and Joan will look up from whatever she’s cooking.

I don’t know why I liked this book. I think it’s because it’s incredibly realistic and honest when it comes to high school relationships.

The main character, Min, has an obsession with old movies which is downright irritating (especially since the movies she references are made up by the author), but which everyone seems to think is clever and special. Her boyfriend, Ed, is from a different crowd and is kind of a jerk and always manages to know how to say something that sounds sweet at the time, but you know through the whole thing that he’s going to break her heart. And then he does.

And I think that’s what makes this book so powerful, so relate-able, because even if the reader’s situation was  nothing at all like Min & Ed’s, s/he can relate to that feeling of knowing that someday it’s all going to come crashing down, and yet being absolutely heartbroken when it does.

Heads up: Underage sex & alcohol use


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