Thursday, March 1, 2012

Bookanistas: Why We Broke Up

I'm telling you why we broke up, Ed. I'm writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.
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.
First of all, if you are going to read this book I highly encourage you to pick up the actual book and not the ebook or audio book. This book is absolutely gorgeous. It has thick, glossy pages and it's full of absolutely gorgeous illustrations of each of the items that Min puts in the breakup box for Ed. The act of reading this book is a total treat - the feel of those pages and the detail and texture of the art...these are not things you want to miss out on. I'm not anti ebook or audio at all, but this is a book you really need to experience in actual book format. You won't regret it.
Second of all, I don't know if this is a book for everyone. Stylistically, it's pretty different, and I can see how the writing style/Min's voice might get on your nerves if you aren't into it. I was so, so into it, though. I loved Min's stream-of-consciousness thoughts and page-long run-on sentences. I loved her constant classic film references and her honest look at herself and her feelings through the course of her relationship with Ed. This book is different, and while that might bug some people, I loved being lost in Min's head. (And, obviously, so did the Printz committee, since this was one of their Honor Book choices this year.)

This book is a long letter from ex-girlfriend to ex-boyfriend, but it's also a tender and honest look at a relationship between two very different people, and a glimpse into first love and first heartbreak. I loved the voice, I loved the humor, I loved the honesty and the reality, and I loved that gorgeous artwork. Reading this book was an experience, and it was very worthy of the Printz honor. 


Check out what the other Bookanistas are up to today...

Elana Johnson is crazy for CASSAFIRE
Christine Fonseca  falls for EVERNEATH
Katy Upperman highlights some fab new 2012 release covers
Tracy Banghart  goes wild over BORN WICKED
Stasia Ward Kehoe announces an author visit giveaway
Gennifer Albin  is givin’ some cover lovin’
Jessica Love wonders at WHY WE BROKE UP

22 comments:

  1. Sounds awesome--and thanks for the tip to get a print version over e/audio.

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    1. The gorgeous illustrations and the shiny, thick paper are too awesome to miss.

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  2. I've heard such great things about this book. I saw it at Target the other day and resisted, but I think I might have to break my No Book Buying pledge for this one. :)

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    1. I wish we were closer so we could share books!

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  3. I'm all about "coulda been, shoulda been" stories. I find stories/accounts about this stuff quite fascinating. I might've even written one or two accounts, er, I mean stories about this subject myself. It's the kind of subject that's an unescapable growing pain for most everyone, where you look back and see how things happen for a reason. Like "In 1994, I was like 'f*ck you!'...meanwhile today I'm like 'whew'"

    I'd look for this at lunch at the huge Wall St. Borders, except they shut it down.

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  4. Ok, I'm sold. This is going on the list. My floor is going to collapse under the weight of my bookshelves, but still.

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  5. I saw that this was a Printz Honor book, but I didn't have any idea what it was about really. This sounds really good! I'm going broke buying all of these hardback books, but this one looks like it's probably worth it :)

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    1. I pretty much only buy hardback books (I like the way they look on my shelves), and OH MAN, they add up. $$ But it's worth it, right? :-)

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  6. I really want to read this book. There is just not enough time in the day! (Or money in my wallet! I hope it's at the library.)

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    1. I'm the same way...no extra time on the clock, no extra money in the wallet. I had a coupon, so OF COURSE I had to buy this one. Couldn't let the coupon go to waste, right?

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  7. I love the premise of this book and I didn't even know about all the little illustrated extras!

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    1. Oh yeah, the illustrations are gorgeous!

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    1. You must have really liked this post!

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  9. I love the idea of this story. I'm very into stream of consciousness so it sounds right up my alley. B & N here I come.

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    1. If you like that style of writing then you will probably like this one a lot!

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  10. Hmm, I'll need to pick this up! Looks awesome!

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