01 July, 2016

Book Club Friday: Daniel Handler's Why We Broke Up

"The story follows the main character, Min Green, as she recounts the relationship she had with her ex-boyfriend, Ed Slaterton, and all of the reasons they broke up. During their relationship, Min saved various items related to their relationship in a box she hid in her closet to keep her mother from snooping. Now that it has been some time since they broke up, Min is ready to return the box of items to Ed by dropping it on his front porch. As the novel unfolds, Min is writing a letter to Ed to include in the box. Min goes item by item, telling Ed what each object is and what it represents in regards to their relationship. Since Ed and Min come from very different worlds and lead very different lives, Min's story recounts in hindsight all of the reasons that she and Ed should never have been boyfriend and girlfriend to start." • Read More: Book Rags

In a nutshell:
Teenage Emotions. Teenage Romance. Teenage Hopes.
The experience of getting your heart broken for the first time.
It's a painful, terribly sad teenage love story.


There's a mismatch between Daniel Handler's Why We Broke Up and I, but I read it anyways. Being a 30-something career wonderwoman-wannabe, I am past YA and break-up genres but I didn't think twice about purchasing this book when I saw it. I was drawn to its cover because it's bloody RED, which happens to be my favorite color.

When I finished reading the book, I got angry at myself ( lol! ) because it wasn't exactly a nice pick. The story was just soooo sad — it almost felt like my heart was being crushed. I like books with happy, hopeful endings. When you have a lot on your plate, you'd usually want to go for something light and pretty positive. Diba? Despite this, Why We Broke Up still appeals to millennials and career women like me ...

I liked it and I think you'll like it because Daniel Handler did a great job in narrating the whys of the break-up from Min Green's inner monologue — the words he used and his writing style were just beautiful, descriptive, and heartfelt. These make it easy for any girl to connect with Min's character. As you read through, you will find yourself thinking about your Min naive days & past relationships including the first time you had your heart broken.

If there's any consolation to this, you'll know how far you've come and what better person you've become from lessons you took with you from previous heartaches.

Rating
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆



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My last Book Club Friday post was Dianna Wynne Jones' The Islands of Chaldea.
☮..Peace + ❥_Love + Good Vibes.__RUSS.

55 comments:

Gigi M said...

This probably sounds like a TV movie kind of story. It seems poetic the way it was written. Maybe when my little ones become teenagers, then it might be something that can console them if ever they get heart broken. Hopefully not. :)

Fernando Lachica said...

I think, the book is great for everyone to read - but with different analysis to digest. Well, each of us define the meaning of live and life. And, it can be the turning point for what's behind the rigours of living.

Fred Hawson said...

The title alone is already an indication that this was going to be a very sad book. Funny how the color of the book actually attracted you enough to buy the book! That has much to say about judging the book by its cover. Hehe.

Elizabeth O. said...

I think I am way past reading YA books as well, but it doesn't mean I'm not open to reading novels in that category. I think this sounds interesting and I like the cover too.

Amanda Love said...

I don't really have a favorite genre, I just read what interests me and that's it. I think this one is a good story but it's definitely not for people who are trying to avoid drama. I think based on your review, it is well written and worth reading!

lee rosales said...

i dont like sad non fiction books
it will just make myself pity and remem my sad memories from the past

R said...

I actually don't prefer reading sad stories that move me. This is because when I read, I expect to be light-hearted and feel more inspired afterwards. This book is for people who want to feel more human I guess. :)

Rebecca Laurel said...

Sounds like something I would read! Have to accept that life is not a bed of roses and there are times you'd be heartbroken and upset. It's nice to change up a bit and read something that is not the usual happy and light hearted ones. Thanks for sharing this read!

Franc said...

Books can really give a lot of insights. It really helps a lot on getting various viewpoints on situations.

RainbowDiaries Singapore said...

I have not read this book yet. Yes, I too loved the cover page. The color is very catchy.

Bhushavali N said...

Sad stories aren't my piece of cake as well. I want to feel relaxed and entertained after a book, not depressed!!

Claire Algarme said...

This book seems a bit dramatic for my taste, too. I also prefer feel good books. When I read a novel I usually pick the historical romance because it takes me back in time and it's good to see empowered women during that era.

Tiffany Yong W.T. said...

I've always wanted to try a book review but somehow never managed to come up with one. perhaps I like photos to accompany with words to aid my readers...

Anne V said...

This would be a good read for single people or even those in a relationship to learn about why some couples break up and prevent it from happening to them. I myself married my first boyfriend and intend to stay with him for the rest of my life so I can't relate much to this book haha.

Debarpan said...

Due to recent busy schedule it became hard for me to read stories but still whenever I have time I would like to read some.Though you mentioned this is a very sad story still I would like to put it in my list,as sometimes I do even like to read sad stories too.

Sunshine Kelly said...

Well this book sounds interesting to me. Not all ending are good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts thou.

Zwitsy said...

Not really sure if I'll grab the opportunity to read this book one day since I, too, don't like endings that are sad. :( But by how you described it and how it would click the millennials, I assume that it's somehow relatable to many these days.

Stacie said...

This sounds like an excellent read. I've always loved reading books that get me really deep into the core of the story and the main character. I can't wait to give this one a read!

Mistee Dawn said...

I want to read it. I am a 30 something and YA is my favorite genre to read. I am still a teenager in my head. lol

Kristen Dann said...

I feel like I could relate to this book at this moment in time. I'm going to have to head to the local bookstore and pick it up!

Nancy L. said...

I think it is funny that you say that you like books with happy endings, because that is what I always tell my kids when they want to watch a movie. I will not watch a movie (or read a book) without a happy ending. lol We need more happy endings, right? Thanks for sharing the book. It still sounds like a good read.

Christy Garrett said...

This sounds like a great book. I'll have to add it to my list. I don't get very much time to read though. :(

Inspiring Kitchen said...

I am way past YA, too, but I love reading YA books from time to time. This sounds like a great read.

Ann B said...

This sounds like an interesting book. I will have to get a copy to check out. Sometimes I like a sad book.

The Cubicle Chick said...

With so much going on in the news, I'm over sad stories. But, I think we can all learn something from any book, adult or YA. Thanks for sharing your review. - Yolonda

Jennifer Johnson said...

I think I would actually read this book!! It is amazing to read different reasons why relationships fail, haveing just gone through a divorce it's kinda like reflecting sometimes.

Stephanie Pass said...

I'm almost 40 and I still love a good YA book. But nowadays, I just hate reading sad books that make me cry.

Kristine@thefoleyfam said...

Sad endings are the worst in my opinion, because it tends to leave me in that state after I'm done reading. Appreciate your review though as it's something I'm sure my sister will love!

Kathy BP said...

This sounds like a good book. I wish I had more time to read though. I hardly have any time to read at all. I'm sure I could make the time, but I'm usually busy working or with my girls. :)

Lynndee said...

My niece was just asking me for books that I would recommend. I'll tell her about this one. Sounds like an interesting book.

Katherine Phillips said...

This sounds like an interesting book. I love title. It would definitely make me read it. I love books that draw you in. Being that this sounds different than any other book I have read I would definitely give it a try.

Sam said...

I wish I read a spoiler from you! Hahaha. I don't think I'll get down to reading this. But the book's been iconic that I've thought of making something like it if ever it happens to me. Lol. Cross fingers na hindi. I like sad stories. I like the hangover that comes after reading it.

Tiffany said...

I admit, I am 31 and still love the YA genre, lol. I'm actually writing one. I might check this out if I find it at the library.

Carola K said...

Even though it's a sad story, I feel like reading it right now. I'm curious on how the story goes further. I love these kinds of books. Though I've never read something from this author.

Nica said...

It's a sad story but these types of books always leave us with a lesson.

Travelerette said...

Daniel Handler is more famous in the US under his pen name Lemony Snickef. He has written at least 17 books for children under this name. I even teach one of his books called Who Could That Be At This Hour? But even his children's books are depressing, so it doesn't surprise me that this one is too!

Princess Mikee said...

It was indeed a sad love story. I am not into reading but love stories may it be sad or happy endings attracts me. It seems like a good read too.

bluedreamer27 said...

oh this seems like a very interesting book... I'm intrigued why you felt that way after reading this book.. i would love to know how the book conluded.. i might be able to relate myself with the story too haha

theresa said...

I believe that's a pretty book. I would also pick the book because of the cover and I guess that's their selling point. You will just get attracted to it. I'm currently reading a classic which is A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I would like to get that book soon too, I just ope it's available in our bookstores here.

Kristine Redillas said...

It seems like a great story to read. I've seen this being read by friends and seem to relate to the protagonists. I've never read this so I'm getting curious and soon I might read it.

Dawn Flores said...

I want to read this nowwww!!!! :( I hate sad endings but I kinda think it's what makes me attached to a certain book or story. It keeps me haunted even after a week. I'm a cry baby so when it comes to books like this I always cry. Hopefully I can read this book soon.

Bernadette Angelie Pangilinan said...

I have seen this book on my cousin's shelf but I don't have a single idea if it's good or not. Upon seeing this post I got intrigued. Will borrow it from my cousin the next time I pay her a visit :)

Terri Beavers said...

I'm past the age of this book but that's never stopped me before. I read compulsively, a bookworm to the core. I might have to check this out.

Glenda·K Blogger said...

I've never read any of his stories. I have to admit, I haven't read a book in a long time. I just don't have the time. Thanks for sharing :)

Maggie Lydon said...

This sounds like a great story and like one that I definitely need to read. I am past the age of typical YA novels, but sometimes I need an easy, drama filled read to clear my head. THis sounds like a perfect beach read!

Elizabeth O. said...

It sounds like the perfect book to read during the summer! I'd love a book like this especially while relaxing on the porch on a lazy afternoon.

DannyUK said...

This sounds like a good book. I love writing that really makes you reflect on what's been said.

Sabine Zaalberg said...

Oh I would not want to read this kind of book. If it's sad and depressing it won't give me anything good. I love positive books and movies.

berlin domingo said...

I have an ebook copy of this and i havent finished reading it yet or wasnt able to finish it as my kobo broke. I like the title and the color of the cover thus became interested to get a copy. Ive read a few pages and i like how the author wrote the story. Enjoyed her etc and whatnot n

Eloise Maoudj-Riley said...

I know a few people that might enjoy reading this book... thanks for sharing this and I'll be asure to share this post/review with them : )

Nicole Escat said...

Hahaha, the title itself is very intriguing. I will share this with a friend and we are going to read it.

Colette S said...

The title pulled me in.
This sounds like an interesting read. It's always good to learn the why's of any situation

Yona Williams said...

From what you've shared, I think I might like to check this book out – sounds interesting. I like the fact that mementos are explained – I have endless items that I collected from my own relationship.

Nenita Macy said...

Well, Tobe honest with you I`m not a big fan of sad non fiction books. But again reading books is always being great specially in this digital world where people are moving away from reading books.

-Neni (Www.todayssalt.com)

Milena said...

I'm a forty something and I still love a good YA novel every so often. This sounds like a good one!