By Stephan Lee
December 09, 2011 at 09:18 PM EST
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Daniel Handler, the author who wrote the bestselling Series of Unfortunate Events children’s books under the pen name Lemony Snicket, is back with his first-ever young adult novel Why We Broke Up (Dec. 27). The book, beautifully illustrated by Maira Kalman, tells the story of first heartbreak through a series of ordinary objects that carry deep meaning for two teenagers, Min and Ed, who are ending their relationship. This concept has inspired an interactive website,, where readers can anonymously share their own breakup stories.

To ramp up to the book’s post-Christmas release, Handler took to Grand Central Terminal to interview passersby about their tales of heartache. Check out the exclusive video below!

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