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... read more
Written in what feels like an extended letter from Minerva to Ed, the book reviews artifacts/objects for each chapter in beautifully simple color drawings (a highlight of the book), and tells the story behind them. Most chapters end with how that object represents, to the narrator Minerva,... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Written in what feels like an extended letter from Minerva to Ed, the book reviews artifacts/objects for each chapter in beautifully simple color drawings (a highlight of the book), and tells the story behind them. Most chapters end with how that object represents, to the narrator Minerva, "why we broke up." Funny, irreverent, sometimes representing smarter teens than I've ever met, still very enjoyable read.
“Every last souvenir of the love we had, the prizes and the debris of this relationship, like the glitter in the gutter when the parade has passed, all the everything and whatnot kicked to the curb.”Minerva
“You know I want to be a director, but you could never truly see the movies in my head and that, Ed, is why we broke up.”Minerva
“Either you have the feeling or you don't.”
“I stopped looking at her and looked, my God it was beautiful, at you. I kissed you. I can feel it, my mouth on you, I have a feeling now of the feeling I had then, even though I don’t have it anymore.”Minerva Green
“The days were all day every day, get a grade, take a note, put something on, put somebody down, cut open a frog and see if it's like this picture of a frog cut open. But at night, the nights were you, finally on the phone with you, Ed, my happy thing, the best part.”Minerva Green
“You'd said "traffic-jam pileup" like it was a real thing everyone said, "World War Two" or "love at first sight."”Minerva Green (about Ed Slaterton)
“It didn't last, it wasn't clear for much longer, and that's why we broke up, but when I close this book and give it to you, I don't think about that, just us holding the book in our hands to buy it and take it here with us, because damn it Ed, that's not why we broke up. I love it, I miss it, I hate to give it back to you, this complicated thing, it's why we stayed together.”Minerva Green
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