Why We Broke Up By Daniel Handler. 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. In Why We Broke Up Daniel Handler has created a bittersweet book for young adults with wit and heart and warmth.