Why We Broke Up

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Dec 27, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 354 pages
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I'm telling you why we broke up, Ed. I'm writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.

Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.

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Love the Maira Kalman illustrations. - LibraryThing
The writing is disjointed. - LibraryThing
Min deserved a much cooler ending, Mr. Handler. - LibraryThing
The writing is vivid, rough, and raw at times. - LibraryThing
I absolutely love the artwork done by Maira Kalman. - LibraryThing
Except that the plot keeps getting played straight. - LibraryThing

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Wednesday, as I was waiting for a student to arrive at the public library for a session, I took a look around for some new reading material. The librarians helpfully put the new YA novels on book ... Read full review

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User Review  - TheMadHatters - LibraryThing

After they break up, Min (an "interesting" girl unlike all the others) sends Ed (a jock who usually dates clone-like, popular girls) a box full of items from their relationship along with a letter in ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

DANIEL HANDLER has written for grown-ups under his own name and for younger readers under the name Lemony Snicket. He was dumped at least three times in high school.

MAIRA KALMAN, acclaimed artist and designer, has created many books for both grown-ups and children. Her heart was broken in high school by a boy who looked like Bob Dylan.

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