Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Why We Broke Up

Today's Book Recommendation is Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler.

Min is breaking up with her boyfriend. But, before it becomes official Min is giving Ed a box. Inside the box there are two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a protractor, books, and a book of matches just to name a few. The box accompanies a letter in which Min has written to Ed why they broke up. The covers their giddy, intimate, and ultimately heartbreaking romance.

The novel is written with an acute wit and accompanied by wonderful illustrations by artist Maira Kalman. For that reaon alone it should be mentioned that you will not want to read this novel on a tablet, unless it has color, for the illustrations add to the experience of the novel. It should also be mentioned that Daniel Handler is the mastermind behind the Lemony Snicket books.

I found this novel very poignant for anyone who has endured a break up. And for a male author Handler captures the voice of a teenage girl extremely well. She is funny at times in her reactions, melodramatic, and immensely human. I will say that this book will not be for everyone. But, it is definitely worth taking a gander at.

1 comment:

  1. I LOVED this book. It lives in the "special" section of my classroom library only to be loaned to certain students.
    It was also interesting to see the author writing as Daniel Handler... and not as Lemony Snicket.