Why We Broke Up

Publisher: Electric Monkey

Review

Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up. To commemorate the end of their relationship, Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box containing all the objects that tell the story of their relationship - from two bottle caps and a movie ticket through to an ugly pair of earrings and a motel comb, as well as everything else in between.

This beautifully-presented and unusual young adult novel from Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler explores the unlikely relationship between popular basketball player Ed and quirky Min, in the form of a letter written in Min's precocious, witty and distinctive voice. The text is perfectly accompanied by beautiful highly-coloured illustrations by Maira Kalman, which catalogue each object Min describes.

Warm, funny and bittersweet, this compelling novel is frank about teenage relationships and sexuality. Handler's cast of characters are kooky but ultimately believable, and Ed and Min are particularly well drawn. A unique and charming exploration of first love and first heartbreak.

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