Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating, so she vows: no more. She's had one too many bad dates, and has been hurt by one too many bad boys. It's a personal choice...... and soon everybody wants to know about it. It seems that Penny's not the only girl who's tired of the way girls change themselves (most of the time for the worst) in order to get their guys..... or the way their guys don't really care. Girls are soon thronging to The Lonely Hearts Club, and Penny finds herself near legendary for her nondating ways--which is too bad, since the leader of the Lonely Hearts Club has found a certain boy she can't help but like.....
...........................................................Finally. A book about friends vs. boyfriends; and what a nicely written one too! Even if Eulberg didn't realize or intend for her novel to come out with a message of "friends are more important than guys", it doesn't matter. The Lonely Hearts Club will rock that line from the cover to the very last page.
Lets face it. More than half of us have been there. BFFs or boys? Boys or more boys? It all starts in mid-school around the age of twelve and sadly it stays that way for a long time. No more emails, IM chats (this was before text messaging), no saving seats on the bus. It's sad really, that girls would give up all their good friends for one measly boy who will only end up "dating" you for a record breaking two months. In the end, the unwanted friend comes up with two options: loose 'em or go with the flow. At Penny's high school everybody ends up "going with the flow" and getting boys for themselves; that is, until Penny makes a stand and creates a club that will change her and her friends forever.
In a world of teen books that explore boys, dating, romance, and more boys, it's nice to see a book come along with an alternative outlook to having boyfriends or more importantly, exploring the truth and hurt that comes along with it.
Overall, The Lonely Hearts Club is a great book for teen girls and I'm sure a lot of us will relate and connect with Penny as she takes you on a whirl-wind of a story from dodging jerks, crazy principals, to rocking with the Beatles and finding the right guy. Recommend for teen girls ages 12 and up!
Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before she headed off to New York City to work in the book biz. She lives outside of Manhattan with her three guitars, two keyboards, and one drumstick. While writing her debut novel, she tried swearing off boys forever. It didn't work.
|Pages: 285|Year Published: Jan. 2010|Publisher: Point|
|Genre: Contemporary fiction, chic lit, teen romance|
|Age Group: YA, ages 12+|Buy or Borrow? Both|NEW!
|Content: Some sexual references at the beginning|
|Enjoyed It: 4/5|Content Rating: 4/5|Cover: 5/5|
NEW! Cover Notes: Nice cover Point. Although it doesn't make the book quite POP out of the shelves, it screams femininity and has great detail to look at. Love the shoes. Thoughts anyone?
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