Thursday, February 14, 2013

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman

On Valentines Day it seems right to have a story about love on the blog.  Why We Broke Up is one of those quirky books which isn't everyone's cup of tea but those who love it - well, they really love it.  It is the story of Min and Ed.  First time girlfriend and boyfriend.  The book takes the form of a letter Min is writing to Ed, the letter is going to go in a box which is being delivered to Ed's place which contains everything that Ed has ever given her and souvenirs from their dates.  Each chapter starts with a picture of the item and the chapter then talks about the significance of it in their relationship.  The box has items in it such as movie tickets, a recipe book, two bottle caps, keys, a pennant, a folded note, all kinds of things that Mim has kept as mementos during their romance.

This book is going to appeal to the boys who liked Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and the books of John Green. It is funny, sad and a great book for any boy who has been dumped, so really more suitable for year 10 up!


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