Thursday, 12 July 2012

Why We Broke Up

why we broke up book coverWhy we broke up by Daniel Handler.

The title is pretty self explanatory-it tells the story of the movie loving "arty" Min Green, the popular basketball jock Ed Slaterton, their relationship, and why they broke up. The story is a long letter, written from Min to Ed, explaining all the reasons for why they broke up, but it really all leads to a single event at the end.

I found the book anticlimactic, and as a narrative seems too drawn out (although we are talking about the writer otherwise known as Lemony Snicket, who could be the master of anticlimactic and drawn out stories), and, of course, being a breaking up story, it probably isn't suited for everyone. But being a book by the writer otherwise known as Lemony Snicket, you can detect some of the pseudo-philosophical rambling, obscure cultural references and interesting storytelling familiar to readers of A Series Of Unfortunate Events.

And so strangely enough, I liked it. Even though it is a breakup story.

(received via website)

Thanks Lauren, great review!

-- Michelle


Anonymous said...

Hi Lauren, I loved this book too! The illustrations are cool, very unique.

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