I’ve been meaning to read more of Daniel Handler’s YA, so I was delighted to run across a used copy of Why We Broke Up in The Strand. The size and style of this book is more akin to a children’s illustrated book, like the new illustrated Harry Potter novels. It’s not very common in YA, but I think it works well with this story.
I enjoyed reading it as Handler is a much more literary YA writer, so often time it feels like literary fiction or poetry. It was a really fun story too, and I liked all the objects that carry us through the history of this couple’s relationship. I also like how real and true to high school the relationship feels.
My only complaint is that this isn’t the easiest book to carry around with you. At the time, I was doing a lot of rides on the NYC subway and I liked to read during those trips. However, this being a hardcover that’s beautifully composed, I sort of felt like I was lugging around a textbook. But besides it being better suited for reading at home, it is a wonderfully assembled book with some lovely illustrations that complement the story really well.
This is a great book for anyone who wants to read a quirky breakup novel or for someone who likes the illustrated novels and other graphics-oriented novels.
Title(s): Why We Broke Up
Author(s): Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman (Illustrator)
Overall Rating: 3/5
Format Accessed: Hardcover
Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Hachette Book Group