BookBrowse Reviews Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman

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Why We Broke Up

by Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman

Why We Broke Up
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    Dec 2011, 368 pages
    Dec 2013, 368 pages

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A teenage breakup explained through the objects collected during the relationship, Ages 14+

I loved this book. If I'd read this book when I was 14, I would have written that with capital letters and exclamation points, the page soggy with tears. Remember when you could read a book and feel like it was written just for you? That the author was writing about your own private world, your singular thoughts, the startlingly originality of you and your friends? The feeling is absolutely thrilling, but it fades as we grow older and (hopefully) less self-centered, and realize that emotions are universal and uniqueness is dime-a-dozen. I treasure Why We Broke Up for reminding me of those teenage feelings, of the crushes and romances, the delights and disastrous mistakes that shaped my young self. I can only imagine what it would have been like to have read this book then - what a rare gift a book like this can be to the raw emotional life of a young teenage girl.

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Daniel Handler has created a fabulous online forum he calls the Why We Broke Up project, where dumpers and dumpees around the globe can share their stories. He writes, "Our hope is that the Why We Broke Up project will enable all of our heartbreak to reach critical mass, so that, unlike [name redacted], it will never bother us again."

To get the gushy details about other people's breakups or to share your own, visit

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