Why We Broke Up

  • by Daniel Handler
  • Narrated by Khristine Hvam
  • 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"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.

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What the Critics Say

"Written with an emotional depth that allows both adult and teen readers to revisit memories of heartbreak and find pieces of themselves in Min--and maybe even Ed, Why We Broke Up will leave you wondering how Handler knows exactly what it's like to be a teenage girl in love." (Amazon.com review)
"The Lemony Snicket author (writing under his own name) convincingly inhabits the mind of Min, a teenage girl reeling from her first heartbreak. This poignant, bittersweet novel centers on a box of objects infused with memories of her brief, unforgettable love." (Entertainment Weekly)

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I hated this book!

What disappointed you about Why We Broke Up?

I was so excited to read this! (well I listened to the audio book) I was seriously disappointed, it was long and boring and just not very good, I wish I hadnt of wasted my money, its about a girl who dates a boy for 1 month and he is a jock she is a weird film girl, like indie or hipster type, anyways, they date. They break up, she is writing to him on why whilst giving back any relic she had saved from her relationship to him.
Its boring, it gets ok toward the end when it hits the climax, which is EXTREMELY PREDICTABLE. I listened to the whole thing thinking it would get better.
The entire thing is like the winey, woah is me first chapter of Twilight.


Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Handler again?

I dont know if they're like this, then no.


What aspect of Khristine Hvam’s performance would you have changed?

she was fine


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

frustrastion, Take all the worst parts of 500 days of summer and make this immature teenagers and BAM you have this book.


Any additional comments?

wouldn't suggest reading it. I was so excited and it just lacked any redeeming fact for me. :/

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- Elizabeth

Wasn't for me!

Very boring! Couldn't listen to most of it and fast forwarded. Want my money back :/
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- Barbara

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2012
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio