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Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler March 22, 2012

“You either have the feeling or you don’t.”  This is written on the top of the box that Min is taking to Ed, the popular jock.  Inside the box are all of the mementos from their relationship.  Min is giving him these things; each one represents why they broke up.

The reader knows right away that Min and Ed did not belong together.  Min likes classic films, Ed plays basketball.  But they meet at a party and have an adventure-filled first date.  Min is different than all of the other girls Ed has dated.  She will not have her heart broken like the others… will she?

This book was too predictable, too formulaic.  The artwork was fun and added a unique element to the book, but not enough to save it from the ho-hum characters and plot.  I finished the book, but it was a struggle.

2012 Printz Award honor book

2 out of 5 stars

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