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Saturday, March 17, 2012

MISMATCHED PAIRING -- A REVIEW

They came from two different worlds. And in high school, those differences could spell the end of them almost before they began.

Min Green and Ed Slaterton were "cut and pasted wrong into a background you could immediately—or, anyway, after fifteen minutes—see didn't match up, was how I felt." This snippet is in Min's narrative voice fairly early in the story, but for all kinds of reasons, she ignored her intuitions and plunged ahead.

Why We Broke Up is a captivating tale that, once I got through the early pages and out of my own head, I was back in that teenage world, remembering what it was like. How the very thing you shouldn't want is what you have to have.

Maybe it's that whole romantic thing drilled into us early on, with the Romeo and Juliet pairings as guides. It is not at all surprising that these kinds of pairings happen to teens; and actually, not just to teens. Why else would there be sayings like "opposites attract."

I enjoyed how the story unfolded, in a letter Min is writing to Ed...telling him about all the reasons why they broke up; why they were wrong for each other; and how she finally came to the part where the ending was inevitable. Along the way, we meet their friends and I enjoyed the dialogue that showed us even more the differences between Min's crowd and Ed's. Quirky illustrations of the treasures Min has collected add a little something extra to the narrative.

I liked this style of storytelling, and I'm eager to read more from this author. Four stars.

10 comments:

  1. I've seen this book around and I think I want to read it! Thanks for the review.

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  2. I wasn't sure I would like it, Nise, so I was pleasantly surprised. Hope you enjoy it.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. My husband and I are opposites but it seems to work for us.
    Thanks for sharing your review with the Eclectic Reader challenge

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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  4. I think the teenage aspect was what "did them in" the most. Thanks for stopping by, Shelleyrae...and I'm really enjoying this challenge.

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  5. I have seen this book all over the place and wondering if I should read it. Your review is tempting me to.

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  6. I don't usually read books about teens, but this one had a unique way of telling the story. Thanks for stopping by, Laura.

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  7. This sounds like a good read, Laurel. Thanks. I'm referring back to all your reviews when I get caught up and want something good to read.

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  8. Thanks, Joylene, I am glad you've enjoyed the reviews.

    Hope you enjoy the books when you have a spare moment.

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  9. I'm stopping by to say hello. This is a book I loved. Glad to see you enjoyed it, too.

    Buona fortuna!

    I'm Bloggista-ing this weekend! I love to have blogging friends stop by and say hello!

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  10. Thanks for visiting, Deb...I was just over at your blog checking out your Bloggiesta list!

    Enjoy!

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