Sunday, 29 April 2012

Book Review! Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Book: Why We Broke Up
Author: Daniel Handler
Pages: 355 Pages
Format: Hardcover

Welcome back to another book review! I heard Robyn Schneider rave about this book, so i put it on hold at my local library.

The story is about Min Green, a film lover, and her short lived, doomed, heartbreaking romance with Ed Slaterton. When they break up, Min decides that she needs to get rid of Ed and move on, and that's what this book is about. It's a letter to Ed, all about the times they had, and why exactly, they broke up. She remembers the stolen sugar, the protractor, the comb, and everything else; from where it started to when it ended. And this is why they broke up.

I had read rave reviews on this book, and after I'd finished it, i understood why. During the middle of the book it just got repetitive. She was talking to Ed about why they broke up, and yes, they were reasons, but it wasn't heart breaking. It was these little things that she didn't like about their relationship. But when it ended, I understood. I realized why they broke up and why it was so heartbreaking.

What really enticed me about this novel was the fact that it was written like a letter. It really was like a letter written from a heartbroken teenager girl to the boy who broke her heart. Daniel Handler was great at really writing it from her perspective. Also, Something else i really enjoyed was the page or two page rants that Min goes on. It really made her more of a believable teenager, going on rants and all that.

What i didn't like, was that there was no character development. I knew who Min and Ed were because they were the epitome of their stereotype. I didn't have feelings for the characters, so i didn't really feel anything when their relationship started to crash and burn. Daniel Handler created a very cliche story of the geek girl and the popular boy and hoped to put a pin on it, and to some extent, yes it did work. But they were cliched, one sided characters.

It was a quick read and a good read, but it didn't live up to the hype, and met none of my expectations.
2.5/5 stars.


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