I recently read Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, a story about falling in love and the break up, told from the point of view of Min. Min is different– artsy– and meets Ed, the co-captain of the basketball team at a party. They’re very different people, but they both try to make the relationship work.
As you can tell by the title, eventually they break up, and the book is told in a letter written from Min to Ed.
This young adult novel is illustrated, and would probably be rated at least PG-13 for language, sex, and underage drinking. The reality is though, that this book features a lot of things high schoolers are going to run into in the real world. Overall, it’s well written and engaging, though there were parts I had to skim. Min is apparently an obscure film buff (made up films, but they’re obscure in the book too), and rambles on about the films and their stars. Sometimes it adds to the book, and other times it just makes it drag.
I do recommend this book. It was a fun read, but I’m glad I got it from the library. It’s not a re-reader for me.
Here’s a link to the book on Amazon.
There’s also apparently the “Why We Broke Up Project,” where people can post brief break up stories. As a counselor, it’s interesting to me how people balk at the idea of journaling, but if you give them an online venue to express themselves (this project, Facebook, Twitter), they jump to tell the world how they feel. Just something to think about.