“I’m dumping the whole box back into your life, Ed, every item of you and me. I’m dumping this box on your porch, Ed, but it is you, Ed, who is getting dumped.”
– Why We Broke Up, pg. 3-4
Why We Broke Up is a new book here at WCL, written by Daniel Handler (also known as Lemony Snicket), and illustrated by Maira Kalman. It is the tale of Min Green and Ed Slaterton, two teens who fall in love, and then break-up. The book is told through a long letter from Min to Ed, who is leaving Ed with a box of artifacts from their relationship, including a movie ticket, some stolen sugar, and a comb from the motel room they shared.
This is a tale of heartbreak, plain and simple. The title says it all; it is the story of a couple breaking up, and it is not a happy read. But that doesn’t mean it’s a not a good one. Here is what some are saying about it:
“Their romance lasts only a few weeks, but the fullness and richness of the two falling madly in love and lust in that short time is beautifully rendered.”
– Monica Edinger, New York Times Sunday Book Review
“This rant made me cringe, ache, and left me feeling raw.
My feeling is that people will have strong reactions to this book: you will love it or you will hate it, but it will definitely get under your skin and force you to feel something strong one way or the other.”
– Vikki Vansickle, author of Love is a Four-Letter Word
This book also comes with its own project! Just visit www.whywebrokeupproject.com to read the stories of other people’s heartbreak, and you can (anonymously) post your own story, too! Plus, on the back cover of the book, you can read the break-up stories of some awesome authors, including Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret), and Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars).
This is not a light-hearted read. But if you’ve felt the crush of heartbreak, you’ll probably be able to relate to this story, as so many others have already done.
Check it out, and if you’ve read this book, leave us a comment and let us know what you thought!