Min, (Short for Minerva, Goddess of Wisdom), is a movie loving, 'whatnot' saying girl who begins this story by dropping off a box at Ed Slaterton's house with a THUNK! Within this box lays their relationship from start to finish, each item a part of their journey, and the words on the pages are the extended letter Min encloses within the box, telling the story of why they broke up.
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this book, the actual release date being tomorrow (6th August), so I finished it just in time.
I didn't quite know what to expect with this story and, to begin with, I found the voice of Min and the style in which it is written somewhat jarring. But within the first few paragraphs I became hooked on her and her story. There was something so refreshing in the voice, the way that the book is essentially one great big letter and it is told as such. There are parts where Min rambles, where she shoots off on tangents and reveals a little more about her world, there are parts where she simply relays a conversation and it becomes something so magical and clever.
Ed Slaterton, while completely flawed, becomes rather loveable around the middle of the story, despite the complications between him and Min's other friends. There are moments where the romantic gestures are practically cinematic and I felt like I could reach out and touch them.
Other characters within the story, Al and Annette for example, are told with such a bold honesty that I half expected to see them around afterwards, once I closed the book. It is a testament to the talent that Handler has that he has created such vivid characters that I want to hang out with and get to know a little more.
Despite knowing the eventual outcome of the story, the very title of the book giving away that this is a story of heart break, you spend 300 pages becoming so invested in their relationship that the break up still comes as a shock. The way it is executed not even being the saddest part. The really interesting part is the reaction of Min to the break up, the self doubt and over analysing making this book so relatable.
Whether you have suffered heartbreak or not, this book is a treasure that easily breaks down age barriers between teen and adult fiction. This story of young love is an honest account and a rare find within the genre.
I would recommend this to a higher end of the teen audience due to the issues of virginity and some profanity.
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