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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Customer Reviews

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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

Students love it!

The book is homework reading in my class. Mostly girls select it, but even my reluctant readers struggle to put the book down. The only flaw with the audio version is there is no artwork.
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- Wiaan de Beer

Book Details

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