[Book Review] 'Why We Broke Up' by Daniel Handler

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This book piqued my curiosity as soon as I saw it being promoted on social media. No wonder, I actually bought a copy of it when I went to a nearby bookstore just a few days after.
It is a beautiful book, literally. My copy is hardbound, and the pages are glossy. I must say, the material is perfect for its kind. It’s full of illustrations, after all. Sure, these pictures are among the things I love about this book.
Min Green, the narrator, gathers things that are important in the development of her recently-concluded relationship with Ed Slaterton. She puts all of them inside a box, which she plans to send to his ex. Then, she writes a letter to accompany the stuff. It explains why they broke up.
How does she do this? Simple: she uses each of the things inside the box to address him (Ed) and at the same time tell their story, which, I think, is interesting.
While the novel is not that moving content-wise (or maybe I am just too old for these things), I find its storytelling process very interesting. I also appreciate the fact that the narrator’s voice seems so authentic and sincere, which somehow helps me see accept things no matter how cheesy and cliché they are.
“I was stupid, the official descriptive phrase for happy."
Plus, I like how it paints a picture of young love: exciting, lovely, painful, and somehow foolish. (Hello, poor decisions made for love!) But of course, foolishness is part of the learning process.
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Mina Deocareza

[Book Review] 'Frog Music' by Emma Donoghue

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Set in San Francisco in the 1800s, Frog Music tackles the mysterious death of a young woman called Jenny Bonnet.
She is shot to death one night while her friend Blanche Beunon, a burlesque dancer, survives. For the next days, Blanche tries to find answers to her biggest questions about her friend’s death. Praised for its cinematic style, Frog Music is a good attempt at historical fiction and crime.
The novel is not perfect. However, I can tell that I find its characters very intriguing. They are not portrayed as simply good or simply bad; one can always see the different layers of their personalities, including their motivations. In fact, even the protagonists are presented in such a way that is not purely disgusting. After all, they are humans. They may seem evil on the surface level (such in the case of Arthur), but there are also times when they are fleshed out, allowing readers to see that there is still goodness in them.
What I also like about it is its vivid descriptions. Apart from taking me to old San Francisco, it also succeeds in making me feel the heat which, I believe, is a central theme in the novel.
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Mina Deocareza