Review: There is a time in everyone’s life when we befriend someone who we will eventually regret having had contact with at all. And after this befriending occurs, regardless of whether it’s a platonic or a romantic relationship, we can always look back and say to ourselves (and, let’s just admit right here) that the person we were with is truly a terrible person (although usually they’re not). Alternately, we sometimes think: why didn’t I see all the terrible things they were doing when we were together, whereas now I can look back and tell myself how very stupid I was?
Why We Broke Up is an exploration of those feelings, and also of the blindness that so inherently goes with them. The main character, Min, is a role model for girls everywhere, in that:
a) she made a huge mistake, and
b) she did not let it define her, which is not to mention,
c) she did not ignore what happened and pretend it was insignificant. In fact, Min so artfully details the happenings of this book that you almost forget that, yes, a breakup is inevitable.
Told in snapshots and memorabilia, Daniel Handler has artfully displayed the truth about relationships, and has somehow managed to leave out all the lies we tell ourselves about said relationships.
Artful, funny, and full of don’t do what I did advice, Why We Broke Up is a book that every teenage girl should read.
Min is a weird girl. She’s a feminist. She uses big words. She likes to watch old movies and drink strange alcoholic beverages, and she is named after Minerva, Roman goddess of wisdom.
When she meets Ed Slaterton, she never suspects that she and Ed might get together. But, before she knows it, Min is with him at the movies, and they’re kissing beneath weeping willows, and making igloos out of squared eggs and cookies out of stolen sugar.
Min doesn’t change for Ed- at least not on purpose. But she finds herself anxious around her friends, and discovers, too late, that she’s given him more than she should have.
Told in excerpts, with pictures of important aspects of each chapter, like bottles of alcohol and an egg cuber, Min’s story is artfully woven and very creative; a brilliant story.