Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
  

Why We Broke Up

Written by Daniel Handler
Illustrated by Maria Kalman

RRP £7.99

Synopsis

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

I'm telling you why we broke up, Ed. I'm writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened. From the author of The Basic Eight comes a novel the Telegraph hailed as 'A poignant tale of adolescent heartbreak'. 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. A wonderful read for anyone who was captivated by David Levithan's The Lovers Dictionary or Jenny Han's P.S. I Still Love You. A classic of young adult fiction that will resonate with anyone who has ever had their heart broken. Beautifully rendered - New York Times Book Review DANIEL HANDLER has written for grown-ups under his own name and for younger readers under the name Lemony Snicket ('A Series of Unfortunate Events' and 'All The Wrong Questions'). 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.

Reviews

Sure to resonate with all young adults. -- Library Media Connection * Kalman's spare illustrations ofthe objects heighten the overall enjoyment and perfectly complement Handler'saccomplished prose. -- The Horn Book , starred review * Characters are vivid, and their portrayal is enriched by realistic dialogue....Hander offers a heartbreaking, bittersweet, and compelling romance with a unique angle and flare.

* A bittersweet diatribe of their break-up arranged around objects....all the more powerful because of how they evoke truth more than any mere relaying of facts.

* As objects from the box are revealed in Kalman's vividly rendered paintings, readers are taken beneath the surface of what will no doubt be one of the most talked-about romances in teen literature....A poignant, exhilarating tale of a love affair gone to the dogs.

* Handler shows exceptional skill at getting inside Min's head and heart...lending real pathos to Min's memorabilia and making her sorrow all the more palpable.

* Handler is at his best when he's creating verbal collages of ordinary, recognizable high-school moments....Like the perfect breakup song, this turns the searing experience of losing your heart into a cathartic work of art.

* Kalman's spare illustrations of the objects heighten the overall enjoyment and perfectly complement Handler's accomplished prose.

It's easy to predict how Handler's story will conclude from the book's few pages. It's more difficult to take such an everyday tragedy with a predictable ending and elevate it to an end point of enduring, emotionally effective art.

The Lemony Snicket author (writing under his own name) convincingly inhabits the mind of Min, a teenage girl reeling from her first heartbreak. This poignant, bittersweet novel centers on a box of objects infused with memories of her brief, unforgettable love.

About the Author

DANIEL HANDLER has written for grown-ups under his own name and for younger readers under the name Lemony Snicket ('A Series of Unfortunate Events' and 'All The Wrong Questions'). 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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Book Info

Format

Paperback
368 pages
Interest Age: From 12 years

Author

Daniel Handler
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Publisher

Electric Monkey an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd

Publication date

4th June 2014

ISBN

9781405277907


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