Genre: Romance, Tragedy, Realistic Fiction
This is the box, Ed.
Inside is everything.
Two bottle caps, a movie ticket from Greta in the Wild, a note from you, a box of matches, your protactor, Joan's book, the stolen sugar, a toy truck, those ugly earrings, a comb from the motel, and the rest of it.
This is it, Ed.
The whole story of why we broke up.
I finished this book and it was absolutely beautiful, and wonderfully put together. A very creative way to tell a story.
At the start of this book I adored Min's personality. Later on I got a bit disgusted with her. I mean she was writing a letter--in excruciating detail--to her ex-boyfriend to tell him exactly why she dumped him.
But as you keep reading you find out that Ed wasn't as innocent as he seemed. We catch glimpses of who he truly is but only when you put them all together do you see the real him.
When I was around the end of the book, I had to fight back tears. I was upset and absolutely hated Ed. This book wonderfully demonstrates how relationships, and break ups work. In other books, it's plainly obvious that there's something wrong with the relationship, and it's painfully obvious that they were going to break up or that the boyfriend/or girlfriend were not nice people.
However with this book, we loved Ed they way Min did. And when we find out who he truly is, it hurts the same way Min hurt. I was crushed.
The most common explanation that Min uses is that Ed didn't understand her and never really would have. But I always thought that, that's what made their relationship so sweet. Ed experienced new things with Min and would do basically anything to make her happy.
This book was just so beautiful because you were Min. Not in the sense where you'd replace her with you but, you were her. You could feel exactly how you felt. And suddenly this letter becomes reasonable and well deserved.
At the ending, I found myself wondering, curiously how Ed would react when he saw the letter and box. Would he even care? I never really understood of Ed was upset about their break up. He had reason not to care, but Min always mentioned him and his 'heart-broken' self. Or was she just mocking herself?
Anyway, this book is one of my favourites and you should most DEFINITELY read it.
Likes: Min, Al, Lauren, Joan, Jillian.
Dislikes: Ed and others. (spoiler alert)