Why We Broke Up: Not A Book Review

why we broke up


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.

I don’t do book reviews. The last time I wrote one was back in college. When I read a book, I either love it, I tolerate it enough to get to the ending or I don’t bother finishing it at all. This one I finished  to the end. I may have started on my next book but I still can’t forget how the relationship ended.

I was ready to slap this one with 3 stars on Goodreads. The style of writing — like that of a rambling teenager — was getting to be a bit of an annoyance. However, at a certain point, I began to relate to the female lead. Rating went up to 4 stars. Their reason for break up had struck a little bit close to home. I think anyone who had broken up with someone can relate to the story, whether you’re the dumper or ahem, the dumpee.

There’s actually a whole site dedicated to the book where the author invites anyone willing to share their break up stories so that everyone else can feel better about getting and/or being dumped. Visit Why We Broke Up Project and get over that break up.


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2 thoughts on “Why We Broke Up: Not A Book Review

  1. I think its so fascinating that even when the writing is just average, or below average, you can get hooked if you relate to the character. As someone with my own literary blog, I love the way you’ve written this review (or not review). Great post, inspiring read.


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