The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
Release Date: January 1st, 2010
Scholastic, 290 Pages
Source: Bought in Hardback
Age Group: Young Adult
Recommended for: fans of Feel Good books
Love is all you need…or is it? Penny’s about to find out in this wonderful debut.
Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows: no more. It’s a personal choice. . .and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born: The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her nondating ways…which is too bad, because there’s this certain boy she can’t help but like…
Penny Lane is a quirky and fun girl who had the cutest little relationship with her parents’ best friends’ son. And everything was going well until he was a jerk! Now Penny Lane is heartbroken and has sworn off boys. And when other girls who are in similar situations hear about her ban of the boys, they want to join in. So what will come from all this girl power? Is it all too much?
This book is so cute. I adored Penny Lane throughout the entire thing and although she is a little oblivious to the world around her, I found her endearing. Can I also say THANK YOU to Ms. Eulberg for making girl characters who, in some situations, could have been bratty but weren’t. From the ups and downs of relationships, friendships, and high school live in general, Ms. Eulberg got the overall feeling of a heartbroken teenage girl PERFECT.
And while this is definitely more character driven, I know that I was waiting for that “big moment”, the one where realization dawns on Penny Lane and the story is wrapped up perfectly.
If you’re a fan of feel-good books, this is one to read!