Friday, March 2, 2012

Review: Why We Broke Up - Daniel Handler

Where I got it: ARC from publisher
Rating: 3.5 stars  
Cover Rating: 4 stars (Pretty. I like the artwork for the novel, what I saw of it.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: December 27, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 354 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon

Dear Ed... Min is breaking up with Ed. It's been a long time coming. Though she's miserable about it, she wants to explain. To let Ed know exactly why they are breaking up. To help her get over him, she is also returning all the items she has that remind her of him. This is the letter that Min writes to Ed, the whole of there relationship reduced to the  tiny moments they shared and a box of junk. "This is why we broke up..."

I loved the writing style of this novel. Many of the pages just had this wonderful cadence to them that was just amazing. (See my favorite lines) I loved what illustrations there were in the ARC and look forward to buying a copy so I can browse through the color illustrations in their entirety. This was a lovely novel. I was however a bit disappointed. In all the whole story was a let down. It wasn't nearly dramatic enough, and Ed was sort of an idiot. I don't really get why Min fell for him, especially how hard she did. He's the sort of guy you can have fun with, but not a serious relationship. How can you love someone when you have no common ground? It was just a little frustrating seeing unique Min with jock Ed. *shrug* So the writing was fabulous, and Min's friends are fabulous. The book was like a teen flick so, fans of that sort of flick will probably love this. It has the duh moment, and of course the whole popular boy falling for the arty chick (there I said it). So definitely check this out if you were looking forward to it, just try not to be too disappointed by Min being a complete dolt, it's not her fault about the hormones and what nots.

First Line:
"Dear Ed, In a sec you'll hear a thunk."

Favorite Lines:
"Sometimes it was just laughing at the comparing favorite, I love that flavor, that color's cool, that album sucks, I've never seen that show, she's awesome, he's an idiot, you must be kidding, no way mine's better, safe and hilarious like tickling. Sometimes it was stories we told, taking turns and encouraging, it's not boring, it's OK, I heard you, I hear you, you don't have to say it, you can say it again, I've never told this to anyone, I won't tell anyone else."

"It was the bullshit and the tryouts for the school play, the banners with the big game Friday and then the big banner stolen and the announcement to rat someone out if anyone knew anything."

1 comment:

  1. I keep picking this one up just because I love the artwork so much. It's incredibly tempting to buy it. But it's bad that the story itself is a bit of a letdown. Though the writing sounds terrific. I may be worth giving a try and if I don't love it the book is still pretty!


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