I was super busy/distracted this month but somehow managed to read 9 books. I read a great mix of nonfiction, YA, graphic novels, LGBT fiction, and fantasy! Here’s a breakdown of my ratings:
The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (graphic novel): 5/5 stars
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (fantasy): 3/5 stars
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (fantasy): 4/5 stars
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (YA): 2/5 stars
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock (memoir): 5/5 stars
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (LGBT historical fiction): 5/5 stars
Room by Emma Donoghue (fiction): 3/5 stars
Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden (LGBT YA): 5/5 stars
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (fantasy): 4/5 stars
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
“After the sugar caper I never want to see it again.
Here it is, Ed. Nor I, you.”
Min Green has left a box of random objects on her ex-boyfriend, Ed Slaterton’s, doorstep. Each item signifies some event in their relationship that explains why they eventually broke up. It was love at first beer, chasing down an elderly movie star, and coffee with three creams and one sugar. But somehow, Ed blew it, and this is Min telling him exactly how he blew it.
I really wanted to like this book. I have a soft spot in my heart for Daniel Handler after reading “The Series of Unfortunate Events” in elementary school. In 5th grade, we had to write a report on our favorite author and I, of course, chose Daniel Handler. That series taught me to love reading. That being said, this book felt like a waste of my time.
We’ve all heard it before– a quiet girl gets asked out by a jock who says “that’s so gay” and is embarrassed to do well in math class. I can’t count the amount of times Ed tells Min she’s “not like other girls”. What is that even supposed to mean? What is soincredibly wrong with the general population of girls that one must try to dissociate from the entire gender?
I guess I was just annoyed while I read this book. The story wasn’t necessarily boring, just full of stereotypes that made me roll my eyes every few pages. Maybe I just expected too much out of this book.
I promise you that you’ve read or seen this story before–an early 2000’s movie or any other YA romance. This just happens to be told after the happily ever after.