This is the official blog of Winna Efendi, author of several bestselling Indonesian novels.

Kamis, 25 Oktober 2012

(book) Why We Broke Up

I came across this gem of a book in Kinokuniya. Not what I was looking for at the time, and not a title I've heard before. I don't read Lemony Snicket and didn't know Daniel Handler was him. Fortunately, the book was open, and it was the only one in store. I flipped through the pages and found the illustrations, as well as the unique premise on the synopsis. It's really interesting, and though from the first few pages I wasn't sure if it was something I'd like, I finally went against my better judgement (or so I thought then) and bought it.

Boy, was it a ride I'd remember. I love all the characters - Min, Ed, Al, Joan, Lauren, Jillian, Annette, everyone was so flawed and so real.

Min's voice is distinct, and while I don't always relate to her, I can see how 'different' she really is and why everybody thinks so. Her narration on movies and the detailed chronologies of what happened with Ed can annoy some readers. Even though I'm a big movie buff myself, I haven't seen any of the movies she talks about, the bad, the weird, the old.

The story is bittersweet, and we keep bracing for impact on what is inevitable: the breakup. But what's best is the twist at the end, so heartbreaking I feel for Min. I loved Ed just as she did, and could see why and how she was falling in love with him.

I love the story a lot. It's something we can all relate to, how we probably loved someone goddamn much and in the end got our hearts broken, when we'd already given it all - both literally and figuratively. I'm not sure if I'll read any of the author's and illustrator's books, since this is something I feel I'll rarely come across again... but when I have it, I appreciate the beauty of it. Definitely a keeper.

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