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Friday, August 2, 2013

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Hadler

Reviewed By: M.S.
Min, a typical teenager who's obsessed with old movies, just went through a break up with Ed. How does she handle it? Dumps a big blue box with her favorite saying, "You either have the feeling or you don't", written on top. And what's inside this blue box? Everything that has to do with their relationship and that all go into the story of why they broke up. Daniel Handler set up this book in a really fascinating way. The whole book is the story of why Min and Ed broke up but it also doubles in the story as sort of a letter that she will leave with the box. Each chapter flows into the next but you can tell it's a new chapter when Min introduces a new item that's in the box. That's what I found most interesting. Min will move on to the next item, which has a picture that corresponds with it, and explain why it was a apart of why they broke up but also tie in that item with the previous chapter;and so on and so on. Overall, the style and unique way it's written and the funny personality's of the characters and plot give this book the unique quality that readers should experience.
Why I Picked it Up: It was on my read for a life time list at my school and it was never available. Someone always had it checked out, so when I saw it was available I snatched it up.
Why I Finished It: I just needed to. I was getting bored at times because it gets a little redundant in some parts, but otherwise it's a good book to read.
I’d Give this Book To: Definitely high school aged kids. There is a lot of cursing at different parts of the book and it has some parts where you need to be a little more mature. I rate this book 3 out of 5, so pick it up...and don't be intimidated by how heavy it is. Remember there are pictures!

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