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 in a box, which she plans to send to her ex. She also writes a letter to accompany the items.
The said letter 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 such a thing), 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 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.