April 17, 2010

The Lonely Hearts Club (Elizabeth Eulberg) Review

Publisher: Point (December 29, 2009)
Hardcover: 285 pages
Love is all you need…or is it?

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 worse) in order to get their guys…or the way their guys don’t really care about them.

Girls are soon thronging to The Lonely Hearts Club (named after Sgt. Pepper’s band), and Penny finds herself near legendary for her non-dating ways – which is too bad, since the leader of The Lonely Hearts Club has found a certain boy she can’t help but like… (Source)
Review
THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB, by Elizabeth Eulberg, was an adorable reinvention of teenage girl-power with a bit of The Beatles in the mix. Penny had her heart broken by her long-time love and vowed never to let it happen again. With the strength of her friends at her side she became who she wanted to be  and not what she thought guys wanted her to be.

I absolutely adored this book! Any female who has ever had her heart broken can find relief in the idea of giving up men altogether. But banding together with girlfriends and taking a look on improving oneself can be the best gift those men can give you.

The main girls in this book were fantastic. They were strong independently but became an unstoppable force when brought together by a common goal. Penny just wanted to survive her first heart-break, but a small conversation with an old friend sparked a movement that changed everything. Tracy and Diane were the best side-kicks. Tracy was always there to make me laugh with the crazy remarks she had about everything and everyone. And Diane was an inspiration by changing her high school image for herself,  even though it caused social suicide. I truly admired the theme of friendship in this book. Penny and Diane's friendship was non-existent and then one day it was back to how it used to be. This situation shows a true friendship and it was marvelous to experience. And the camaraderie that the girls created was inspiring. They were always there for each other and molded their club to be a positive influence on those who needed it.

The relationship between Penny and Ryan was delightful. Just when she gave up guys, a really great one came into the picture. The choice between swoon-worthy Ryan and her girlfriends dangled heavily over her head.

The background for this whole book involved The Beatles. Personally I am not a huge fan of The Beatles, but how Penny idolized them and connected them into her life was irresistible. The recreation of 'Abbey Road' for the cover was truly ingenious!

I highly recommend this book to any women who is looking for a pick-me-up after having her heart broken.



4 comments:

  1. Great review! I will definitely look into reading this book. It sounds really good.

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  2. I'll definitely pick this up after your awesome review! The cover is really cool :D

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  3. I really want to read this one! I'm glad that you liked it, I'll probably pick it up next time I'm at the bookstore. Great review!

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  4. I've got a copy of this sitting on my bookcase waiting for me to read it. Penny sounds like a great character that I would really like; personally I'm tired of these weak female heroines that tend to pop up in YA books these days. Really looking forward to this one and the incorporation of The Beetles does sound like a very unique aspect. The cover is straight-up awesome too! Thanks for the review. :D

    ~Briana

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