Saturday, February 27, 2010

Review: The Lonely Hearts Club

Title: The Lonely Hearts Club
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg

From Shelfari, "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. . . ."

I'm a Beatles fan, so I really liked the premise of the book (and the cover). Penny Lane is the main character whose parents love the Beatles so much that they name their two daughters after famous Beatles songs. Penny decides, after some bad experiences, to form a club. The Lonely Hearts Club is committed to not dating high school guys.

The Lonely Hearts Club is the perfect girl-power book. Reinforcing the themes of friendship, trust, devotion, and never having to sell yourself short to catch the attention of a guy. What I loved most about the book, is that the characters are so believable. You can go to any high school and find these characters. I also liked the way in which the book was written. It was like you were a confidant of Penny and in on all the drama. The funniest thing about the book was Penny's dilemma of being attracted to guys (one in particular) that she isn't allowed to date because of a club that she formed.

The biggest lesson in the book is the power of resilience. No matter the bad experiences of the club members, they figured out a way to support one another and come out stronger because of their experiences. I would recommend reading this book if you've been beat down by a failed relationship or to just have a great time reading. You won't be disappointed.

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