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If there was a Reader's Anonymous, my family would probably have shunted me off into rehab already.

Why We Broke Up

Why We Broke Up - Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman For a while now, I've been in a reading slump. I just haven't been able to really get into anything. However, I read this and Hark! A Vagrant! at the same time, and my reading mojo is restored. I would describe this book as a Manic Pixie Dreamgirl story from the point of view of the Manic Pixie Dreamgirl. Cinema-freak Min tells us the story of her relationship with uberjock Ed, using the items in a box she is returning to him after they break up. The artwork is fantastastic, and Handler writes teen girls very well for someone who has (to my knowledge) never been one.So, no spoiler in telling you Ed and Min break up (it's right in the title), but the story is still totally engrossing. It's like one of those mysteries where you know what happens at the end, but you're still reading madly to find out why. I mean, yes, it's obvious that two people who have absolutely nothing in common are not going to have a long-term relationship. But still.Min reminds me of a Francesca Lia Block character. Her and her friends are just so darn quirky, but in a realistic way. I totally knew people like this in high school. Ed and his popular friends are very realistic also. They're stereotypical, but in the same way the jocks you went to high school were stereotypical. Which is to say they come across as real (sometimes douchebaggy) people.This is a very badly written review, but I had to put my thoughts down because I just thought it was so great. I probably haven't enjoyed a YA "romance" this much since Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Honestly, I am more of a scifi kind of person, but this was so good, and I plan on recommending it to all the teens that come into the library.