Friday, 8 February 2013

Why We Broke Up- Book Review

Why We Broke Up
David Handler

Why we Broke Up is a novel that is formulated, as a letter, which I found, was very unique and made the novel unlike anything I had ever read before. Through the letter that Min, the protagonist, is writing to Ed the reader gets the chance to really comprehend and undergo what Min was feeling at every step of their relationship. The book was jam-packed with a lot of Drama and romance but at times I felt that the flow was a bit choppy. I found that although the detail helped me understand and visualize the story further, sometimes, it took away from the real message behind what Min was trying to say. Unlike what Grace stated, although the novel wasn’t anything that I could really connect to, it left me to ponder upon what it would be like to be in the places of Min and Ed. The author gave you a good overview on the lives of the character and as I progressed into the novel, I found that I knew a lot about the controversial every day lives of the two main characters, Min and Ed which made then round characters.
The novel consists of mainly only two characters, thus they are fully developed. Their likes, their dislikes, what they would do if they were put in specific scenarios and initially who they were, is all present in the novel and it gave me a thorough overview of their lives. Although both characters were fairly round and dynamic, I found the character of Min to be a little unrealistic. This was because Min was a 16-year-old girl who enjoyed classical old movies and gourmet cooking. These are things that are usually not associated with a 16-year-old high school student. The antagonist in the novel was the circumstances and the conditions they were put into that led to them separating. The theme that was perceptible in the book and what the author, David Handler, wanted to get out to people was that where you normally read novels or watch movies where you see the theme of how love defeats all, in this novel it shows you how sometimes, it can also fail and when it does you will be heartbroken, it always gets better. “Every last souvenir of the love we had, the prizes, and the debris of the relationship, like the glitter in the gutter when the parade has passed, all the everything and whatnot kicked to the curb. I’m dumping the whole box back into your life Ed, every item of you and me. I’m dumping it all back into your life Ed, but it is you who is getting dumped.” I chose this quote from the book to represent the theme because it shows how although moving on was fairly difficult for Min, she managed to push through strongly and start afresh by returning to him all he had given to her over the course of their relationship. Also another strong message I found present in the book was how although the two main characters were really different from each other, they were still able to connect. I thought that overall it was a bit slow and there wasn’t a lot of rising action, which led to the big climax, which was the revelation of why they broke up, the resolution, was very strong and did a decent job to tie all the loose ends of the novel together and form an ending. I would recommend this book to anyone in Junior high and above as I found it to be a mature read due to the sexual content, reference to drinking and drugs, and obscene language at times.

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