Review: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

3/5 stars!

What happens when an “arty”, “different” kind of girl like Min dates a popular, selfish prick like Ed? Why We Broke Up happens. ^^

Remember how your English teacher brought out the artistic and literary side of you when she/he tricked/forced you into telling something about yourself through show and tell? This book is kind of written that way. It is about a box of Ed Slaterton treasures Min Green collected during the entire course of their relationship.

It is a very cute concept with the matching illustrations that made the entire thing interesting. The book is basically one long letter written by Min to Ed and in it she explains how each token inside the box contributed to the reasons why they broke up. Broken and emotional, you could truly feel every emotion of Min through her narrative. She uses appealing imagery and vivid descriptions that will remind you of that time when you were experiencing the worst or perhaps most painful break up. The long, almost endless run-on sentences which she kept using reflect her raw and honest feelings, her anger at her experience, at Ed and even at herself. It’s also very interesting how she relates every incident to scenes from classic movies. The only thing that annoyed me is her out of place cursing. ^^

But this book is so much more than just what it is because it teaches you how to face a break up and how to move on in such a healthy manner. Of course, you can always go for the easy way out and that is to maybe do this?!

and this…

and this…

and…you got my point. Lol. ^^

But what better way to release your emotions than write? Once upon a time, I did something that slightly resembles what Min did. I can’t believe I’m sharing it now but well, here goes nothing.


I was so naive
How could I believe
Everything you said
Should have used my head

You asked for a chance
Deceived me with your glance
Into your evil spell
Unfortunately I fell!

My reason in oblivion
Forgot I had opinion
I drank your poisoned potion
Caught in lifeless motion

In my nearly endless slumber
Just about as long as forever
A drop of antidote from nowhere
Awakened I am elsewhere…

A loud sigh of relief I exclaimed
From sure doom I was saved
Vulnerable- I shall be never
I have discovered the permanent cure!

Published by AJ

Hi! I'm Aj from the Philippines. Obviously I love to read and write and from years of experience I have learned that when you love something so much, you would do it absolutely for free so here I am writing stuff for all people to see in the hopes that at least one or maybe two souls could benefit or get little inspiration from what they will read from this blog. Enjoy and spread the love! ;)

2 thoughts on “Review: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

  1. This book was good! I loved the little illustrations, they were so cute! The ending was DEVASTATING. I honestly didn’t really like Min though, so that made me not like the book a bit, but I thought everything else about it was well written.

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