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.