Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (also known as Lemony Snicket) was an intriguing read. The story begins with Min giving back all of the items that remind her of her ex-boyfriend Ed shortly after the two break-up. Min also decides to include a letter in the box of items that details the reasons why the two broke up. Thus the entire story is told through Min’s letter to Ed.
Handler did a great job of capturing a unique voice through his novel. It was easy to picture a heart-broken girl recounting her tale of love – in all it’s glory and pain. Yes it was the classic star-cross lover story, but Handler made his stand out by having his character tell the tale through a letter. I loved the pictures (illustrated by Maira Kalman) of each individual item that was placed in the box that was being returned. It just gave everything a more dramatic feel, as if I were the one going through the box of items. I was constantly wondering what the significance of each item was. Overall I thought this was a nice contemporary teen fiction read that drew me into the world of the characters.