Friday, May 4, 2012
The To Read Shelf Challenge: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
#150 of 158 on the Too Read Shelf
By Daniel Handler and Maria Kalman
I feel really bad about this, but I couldn't finish this book. It's a Printz Honor! It's illustrated! It's an award winner teens would actually want to read! I should be supporting it.
This is a total, "It's not you, it's me" situation. I am not a Daniel Handler fan. I found the Series of Unfortunate Events too precious and repetitive. And, I found this book to be more of the same.
The book is one long letter, written by Min, a drama girl, to Ed a brainy jock, after their big split. It tells the story of their relationship and of course, why it ended. Problem was, I didn't like either of these people very much, so spending time with them was a chore.
When a book becomes a chore, I put it down.
This book has many passionate fans. I can see the appeal. Handler gives this temporary relationship all the drama and gravitas a real-live teen would. Kalman's illustrations are charming. But, Min is a manic pixie dream girl of the highest degree, and I didn't care about her enough to see her story to the end.