The Lonely Hearts Club
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Pages [hardcover]: 285
Opening Lines: When I was five years old, I walked down the aisle with the man of my dreams. Okay, make that boy. He was five, too.
Memorable Quote: Diane Monroe and Ryan Bauer had been together for four years. They were supposed to get married, have 2.4 kids, and have a 50 percent chance of living happily ever
Favorite Characters: Tracy & Diane
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…
This was a cute, quick read. I love the idea of sticking with your friends, and not letting boy troubles ruin your high school years. I see it happen way too often with my own friends. They get caught up with a boy, start ditching their friends to go on dates, then get their heart broken. Of course, this isn’t the case all of the time. There are always exceptions.
The only little pet peeve I had with this book was a scene in the beginning. The Club went to Homecoming, and Penny kept going on about how odd it was that a group of girls were attending date-less, going with friends. I’m not sure how it is for other schools, but for mine, that’s not odd in the slightest. Half the female population does this . . . Though that might just say something about the quality of the boys we have to pick from. 😉
That said, I loved this book. It had me wanting to blast some Beatles songs, get together with my friends, and have a girls night. This book has a great message, that a lot of YA books today don’t provide. Boys aren’t everything. And your friends can be much more fun than a boyfriend ever could be.
The Lonely Hearts Club gets 5/5 stars. I loved it! Now I’ve got to go listen to a few Beatles CDs . . .