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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,762 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Handler, Lemony Snicket Narrator: Khristine Hvam Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781611135404
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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A poignant, exhilarating tale of a love affair gone to the dogs.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “[The] characters are vivid, and their portrayal is enriched by realistic dialogue…Hander offers a heartbreaking, bittersweet, and compelling romance with a unique angle and flare.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A bittersweet diatribe of their break-up arranged around objects…All the more powerful because of how they evoke truth more than any mere relaying of facts.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Handler shows exceptional skill at getting inside Min’s head and heart…lending real pathos to Min’s memorabilia and making her sorrow all the more palpable.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Handler is at his best when he’s creating verbal collages of ordinary, recognizable high school moments…Like the perfect breakup song, this turns the searing experience of losing your heart into a cathartic work of art.”

    Bulletin (starred review)

  • “This poignant, bittersweet novel centers on a box of objects infused with memories of her brief, unforgettable love.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Bookfor Young Adults
  • A 2012 Michael L. Printz Award Nominee
  • Selected for the Winter 2012 Kids' Indie Next List: Teens
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, January 2012
  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens
  • One of the 2012 Amazon Best Books of the Year for Teens
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 nicki | 2/19/2014

    " Some parts were interesting and kept me intrigued in the story line. However other parts just had me confused and kind of half-caring. I think it's because I was a little frustrated with her sometimes, because lets face it you're blind if you ever thought Ed was in anyway a decent guy. He was kind of like a douchebag the whole time, thankfully she comes to that conclusion eventually. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zue | 2/13/2014

    " I would've given this book only 1 star, but page 337 deserved some kind of acknowledgement for just being so... true. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Grace | 2/11/2014

    " Honestly gave this 100 pages. Could not get into it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ling Escalante | 1/22/2014

    " So here's one of the books that'll just end you with saying "it's okay." I brought the book because I thought it was interesting and funny but well it was too lengthy for all her complaints. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RIBb | 1/21/2014

    " Oh! This was so cute! I LOVED it! It made me cry and scream and understand. The beginning was kind of an offsetter for me, but the more I read the more I felt so happy and excited for what was happening. The ending though, I never thought, besides the cover... i got sucked in okay! That they could have broken up, they were perfect and it made it so much better, but the intensity of the emotion, the simple effortless love is beautifully described in this book. I would recommend for lovers of sweet love :), twist endings and an "AHA" moment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlee | 1/19/2014

    " Awesome. Truly the best YA book I've read in a while. The voice is superb and I found myself falling for Ed Slaterton like I was Min. Within a few paragraphs, I was completely engulfed in their romance, so much so that I stayed up late to see why, in fact, they broke up. I was not disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/17/2014

    " YA by the guy who writes the Lemony Snicket books. I can't tell if I'd like this as a teenager but I really enjoyed it as an adult. Handle's written a great pretentious, angsty, imaginative teenage girl here - I love Min and she rings true to me. I really enjoyed the narrative devices used at the beginning of each chapter, and loved the many made-up films that Min refers to throughout the text - I wish they existed so I could watch them. Over all a lovely bit of teen angst. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Posie | 1/12/2014

    " I adored this book. It's honest, heart wrenching, hilarious, and I just loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey Bui | 12/18/2013

    " Absolutely loved it. Main character is so badass in a comical way. So, so cute. Main word that describes this 'picture' novel haha. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erika Faith | 12/2/2013

    " it's okay, plain, simple and fair but i didn't like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leidz Lannister | 11/30/2013

    " reading this was like watching a movie. if that makes any sense. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jam Hezeta | 9/13/2013

    " She kept so many things that he gave her. Keys. Condom wrapper. Comb. Tickets. I really like the graphics of this book. The drawings gives life to the story and it makes it better to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mbaxter | 8/15/2012

    " I like this book. I think every teen ago girl should read this. It talks about heart break, How to let go of someone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 6/21/2012

    " This young adult book was on several lists. I thought the story was different: a box of relics from a failed relationship. We learn about the relationship through the story of the objects. I'm afraid, though, I felt that the protagonist was a little whiney. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 3/11/2012

    " AMAZING. This book is so heartbreakingly wonderful. First loves are always the ones that leave the strongest impression "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 2/21/2012

    " I gave it an extra star because of the illustrations. "

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About the Narrator

Khristine Hvam has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards, placed three times as a finalist for the prestigous Audie Award, and won the Audie for best narration in 2012 and 2013. She studied acting for the theater and film, and her voice can be heard in Pokémon, World of Warcraft, and in various television and radio commercials.