It’s inevitable about what this book is about. I’ve read so many mixed reviews on this book and maybe its because I haven’t been through a break up but I felt that a lot of readers felt anger towards this book, perhaps it reminded them of their past relationships and break ups It was simply a realistic situation where a girl feels hurt and anger towards a former boyfriend and making sure he realises what they had but not quite why they actually broke up…
The book is written as a passionate, angry and heartbroken letter by Min Green a quirky girl who enjoys old movies to her former boyfriend the king of the jock’s Ed Slaterton.
The letter accompanies a box filled with debris of this relationship. 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 Min and Ed’s whirlwind, intimate and heartbreaking relationship. Each item in the book is illustrated and accounted for which will be eventually dumped on Ed’s doorstep.
There are countless things I adored about this book, it captures intensely the feelings and thoughts of falling overwhelmingly as well as inappropriately in love with an unsuitable stranger. It was easy for me to get caught up in their relationship, it really is a wonderful reading experience.
It brought out the angry female inside of me of hating men due to not being treated as an equal, it made me think of them classic films and soap television where the girl throws her ex’s clothes out of a window in his face to get rid of everything that left a mark.
With Min she uses a box to dump on Ed’s doorstep to remove him from her home to probe her to move on, despite it being a difficult time from it bringing back the memories they shared together. In a way its the part of the relationship before everything is returned and forgotten, Min writes down all her last thoughts and feelings of her and Ed’s relationship to flush it out of her system so that when she arrives at his door nothing is left unsaid and all the loose ends have been tied.
This book is wonderfully illustrated and it definitely spurred me on to keep reading on to the next object from the box. It is most definitely worth a read and perhaps if you’re currently going through a break up it may give you a sense of justice inside of you and encourage you to perhaps do the same. Removing objects that remind you of your past relationships they aren’t forgotten but by wiping away physical reminders it can somehow prevent you from over thinking the ins and outs of it continuously.