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…
While the premise of this book alone will appeal to most teens, The Lonely Hearts Club has many other facets that make it all the more enjoyable.
Penny is extremely well versed in the Beatles, with their influence always weaving in and out of her story. Even though my experience with the Beatles is fairly limited, I was still entertained by their part in the novel. The band’s influence on Penny added a great deal of color to the story that helped to make it all the better.
Moreover, Penny’s character was extremely relatable. The entire time I was reading The Lonely Hearts Club I felt as if I was hanging out with one of my friends. Her struggles and feelings are something that any teenage girl can relate to. The true reason why I was so fond of Penny, however, was her realistic voice. It made her seem all the more real and heightened her ability to relate to readers. This quality does not just end with Penny though. The members of the club were also very easy to relate to. Eulberg has truly created a group of girls that any girl would be happy to have as friends; they’re the type of girls you could always trust to have your back. Each time one of them had their own personal success it was like seeing one of my own good friends succeed. Seeing members of the club grow was definitely the highlight of this novel.
Penny’s story is one of love, loss and self-discovery. I’d highly recommend it to any teen that’s ever fallen out of love. With the powerful bond of the club and its wonderful message, you won’t want to miss this great new title in teen chick lit.
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