So. What makes a good book? It's a tough, and perhaps ultimately unanswerable, question. And if there is an answer, it certainly varies from person to person (Every reader his [or her] book -S.R. Ranganathan).
When I first heard about Why We Broke Up, the new Young Adult novel written by the great Daniel Handler and illustrated by the great Maira Kalman, I knew that I had to read it, because I thought it had the potential to be a great book. But, as will happen from time to time, I thought wrong.