You're welcome. You can post your thank you's to my current sickness that has me bedridden for what has been a week now, so I've had plenty of time to plow through books and watch TV shows and movies, so I could give many a review right now, but at the moment I'm so excited to review this book. Savannah and I bought this (And Fangirl) together at the bookstore when we went on a little bookstore date (Aren't we the cutest SOTP?) and we've been writing to each other as we read.
Be prepared. It's not going to be pretty.
DON'T HURT ME.
Okay? Okay. I bought this book as I was perusing and found this amazing book spine that immediately jumped out at me. At first I was taken back, 'Why am I drawn to this book?' I said as I rolled it around in my hands to find the blurb. Of course, it was on the backing of it but in the smallest writing and dead set in the middle.
"MIN AND ED'S STORY OF HEARTBREAK MAY REMIND YOU OF YOUR OWN"
Umm..sign me up? I was a little bit less than enthusiastic by the stories surrounding like a collage the small blurb about different author's heartbreaks, how many times they have been broken up with, and how they dealt with it. See, I don't particularly hate myself. I find myself to be quite amazing, so I don't read things that are going to punch me in the face from feels and leave me depressed for weeks on end. But this book was just so damn intriguing, I kept looking for more information. On the inside flap of the backing of the front cover, there was more of a blurb.
"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 protractor, 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"
Interesting, isn't it? That's what should have been my first warning sign. The red flashing lights that were shouting at me - "DON'T DO IT. SAVE YOUR FEELINGS. DON'T!" - but instead, I did it. I bought it alongside Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and skipped on my merry way home to begin reading.
Here's a snippet.
It's sad 'cos you can tell that they don't have THE relationship
they are so different, that they are interested by the difference
but when it really comes to it, it hurts both of them
Savannah Rose Dias
I just cant
and then you have frigging Al on the side who is just beautiful and I ship him and Min so hard it hurts my soul
Noooooo i love ed and min so much, their differences are perfect and adorable and you can tell that ed really does love her really truely and same with her.
But you could see the key differences at the start that led to their inevitable break up, and even Min states that she should have seen them
Like...to me, it feels like Ed and Min have to try so hard to love what the other one loves. Sure they love EACH OTHER, but they don't like each other's hobbies/passions
they merely tolerate it, and that's what leads to their fights/etc
She is also the dumper though, I'm looking at it through the dumpees POV
Min is looking for the bad
She wants to be.right
She needs to justify it all
She loved him and Ed loved hee
He loves her diffences
And its perfect
No, doesn't Ed dump her?
But she feels like her giving him back the box is her dumping him after their breakup
like...kind of a finality sort of thing?
for her to cleanse him of herself completely and to get over him?
No? If you read the first chapter she says that hes probably crying on his bed and says things through out the book about her dumping him .
I love how we see it so differently it's fantastic
and I absolutely love it
I do too its a good change
i live for book debates :x
See? We can have differing opinions and still love each other. (Though in reality you can read the tension of 'nO I'M RIIIIGGGHT' :P LOVE YA SAV)
This book is straight up sad. I'm not going to lie or pillow it and fluff about it for you. It's about a break up. It's expected to be sad. You know what is coming and how it ends. AND YET FOR SOME REASON I WAS STILL SHOCKED AND UPSET AND BLEGH. After I finished the book I placed it on my face and laid there, arms and legs sprawled out on my bed and sniffing and my mother came in with (What I could feel) was a look of utter pity and a little bit of disgust. It's alright though, she is obligated to love me.
Okay, to begin with this book. It's written by fricken Lemony Snicket. Of course it's going to be emotional and hurt and be dark and hurt in places I don't want to be hurt in. So I was mentally prepared for that, but not prepared enough I guess. As was written before, the book is from the perspective of Min. She tells of Ed and her's relationship from beginning to end, and it's a bitter story. It was so beautiful, and heartbreaking at the same time, I really didn't know what to do with my face. It was in this mix of happiness and hurt and betrayal but also the look of like I just got handed a plate of pancakes and chocolate (Let's just go with horrendously ugly for now).
Very basic boy-meets-girl story, but it has the most brutal honest truth in it that even hit me as someone who has been broken up with over text, over another girl, and have had guys just suddenly lose interest in her. It's a raw breakup, no dramatic runs to tell her the honest truth, or looking out the window all melodramatically with a hidden soundtrack playing in the near distance. It's brutal, it's honest, and it's very real. That's why I love it so. Over the course of the book, Min is placing items that symbolise certain things in their relationship into a box that she is going to drop on his doorstep. She tells the stories of each one, and it gets more and more heartbreaking as it continues on through the book. Maira Kalman does a FANTABULOUS job of doing the artwork for the objects, and gives it a realistic effect in the roles it plays throughout the story. The writing was absolutely beautiful, and completely believeable from Min's perspective. You could feel her hurt, the pain she was dealing with, but also the love she had for Ed. Bittersweet is the only word the describe this book.
I know Savannah won't agree with me on this, but I did get a completely different 'moral-of-the-story' ending from her. Throughout, we had different opinions. She seemed more positive than I was, and I found myself being quite the pessimistic realist. The entire time reading, I was seeing the flaws that would inevitably lead to their break up, how their differences were making them fight, and how they struggled to love what the other one loved and to participate in that even though they were completely disinterested in it. While Savannah shipped them with all the power and might she could muster, I was sitting on the back seat observing and seeing what was fractures beginning to form in their relationship. That's what you get with an INFJ and INFP! :D
Min was relatable at times, but she was a huge director/movie buff, so she made an awful amount of movie references that completely flew over my head (Just like Ed's), so there were some pages where she went on and on about movie references and I began skimming with my eyes (SORRY LEMONY SNICKET!)
But overall, the book was amazing. The ending just made me lay there, one half of my brain saying -'I KNEW IT!' and the other half was just dead in the water from the sheer amount of feels.
My face throughout the book could be summarised by David Tennant's face.
The book was borderline artsy that made me feel like I was strolling through an art gallery, taking in the cultured lines and classy, elegant words. It was a artpiece, and at times I felt like it may have been going over my head, but it stayed at this beautiful mountain level where it wasn't too high for me to understand, but it wasn't too overly simplified that it lost its beauty and art style.
I still ship Min and Al, always and forever.
I recommend it! It's an amazing book, and it's definitely worth the journey it takes you on. With its intricate pictures, the metaphors, and the way it tugs on your heartstrings, I believe you'll fall in love with Ed and Min, and break up with them all over again.