Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler ~Goodreads~
Published by Electric Monkey 2012
Paperback 368 pages ~The Book Depository~
I’m telling you why we broke up, Ed. I’m writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.
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. It is simply a realistic situation where a girl feels a lot of hurt and anger towards her former boyfriend, and she’s 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 is accompanied by a box filled with debris of their 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 curse of Min and Ed’s whirlwind, intimate and heartbreaking relationship. Each item in the box is illustrated and accounted for, which will eventually be 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, and it made me think of them classic films and soap operas where the girl throws her ex’s clothes out of a window to get rid of him. With Min she uses a box to dump on Ed’s doorstep to remove him from her home and to aid her in moving on, despite it being a difficult time from it bringing back all the memories she has of their relationship. In a way its the part of the relationship before everything is returned and forgotten. Min writes down all of her thoughts and feelings about her relationship with Ed to flush it out of her system, so when she arrives at his door she’s closing that relationship behind her.
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 closure and justice towards your relationship. Removing objects that remind you of your past relationships, and preventing you from overthinking the ins and outs might be a kind of therapy for you like it seems it was with Min.
A very different book to what I have read before.