Sixteen-year-old Min Green is writing a break-up letter to accompany a box that she is about to dump on the porch of her now ex-boyfriend, Ed Slaterton. The box contains all the mementos of their relationship--the movie ticket from their first date, an old cookbook they bought together, souvenirs from a disastrous Halloween night, a comb from a motel room they shared. The letter will tell the story of each item; how each got things started, how each foretold the end.
These fifty or so objects tell a story of perfect love and imperfect circumstances, of a relationship by turns giddy, intimate, and devastating. Accompanying the text are Maira Kalman's insightful renderings of each object. There is a wondrous magic in seeing how these glorious paintings of seemingly ordinary objects transform into poignant mementos of an unforgettable time.
2012 Printz Honor Book
ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Title
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Kirkus Reviews Best YA Book of the Year
Booklist Editor's Choice Pick
Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Outstanding Book of the Year
"The Lemony Snicket author (writing under his own name) convincingly inhabits the mind of Min, a teenage girl reeling from her first heartbreak. This poignant, bittersweet novel centers on a box of objects infused with memories of her brief, unforgettable love."
DANIEL HANDLER has written three novels under his own name, including The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, and Adverbs, and many books under the name Lemony Snicket, including All the Wrong Questions, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and the picture book 13 Words. He was dumped at least three times in high school.
MAIRA KALMAN has written and illustrated many books, such as And the Pursuit of Happiness, The Principles of Uncertainty, Looking at Lincoln, Fireboat, and with Lemony Snicket, 13 Words. Her heart was broken in high school first by a boy who looked like Bob Dylan and shortly thereafter by one who looked like Leonard Cohen.