- Published: New York : Little, Brown, 2011.
- Year Published: 2011
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: 354 p.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 980
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Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.
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In reading the comments above, I agree- the reader doesn't get a sense of Ed. And I think that's purposeful. Min as narrator was, and is, so consumed with the relationship itself and being in love that Ed as a person was more a placeholder for the relationship than a person in his own right to her. Not to mention, she is speaking through grief, which tends to do away with the most levelheaded of us. As a reader who has been there, done that, I appreciated this and knew what was going on, but perhaps one needs one or two doomed and failed relationships under one's belt to find this aspect of the book compelling.
The biggest problem is that 'super long' part. Min writes in long sentences, long paragraphs, long winded ideas that should've been half as long. Her incessant references to old movies (that don't exist in the non-book world) don't rate with audiences as well as author Daniel Handler thinks they do.
Also, I have no idea what Ed even looks like. He's a stereotypical basketball playing jock whose most interesting feature is he is actually good at math. Otherwise, he is as interesting as lined paper. Aside from him supposedly being really really ridiculously good looking, there is no real reason for her to fall in love with him. I never got the spark.
I really wanted to like this more than I did.
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