21 January 2011

Review: The Lonely Hearts Club - Elizabeth Eulberg


The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
published January 2010
Young Adult
304 pages

16 year old Penny Lane is tired of boys who make her feel like she's stupid. After being disappointed by a guy she knew and had feelings for since they were kids Penny decides to form The Lonely Hearts Club and to just concentrate on herself for the rest of highschool. At first she is the only club member but soon more and more girls want to join.
What will Penny do when things surrounding the club get more and more complicated and when a cute guy becomes more and more interesting?

When I started reading "The Lonely Hearts Club" I feared that the book could be a bit too young for me however it wasn't. Elizabeth Eulberg's writing style was very engaging and I was happy that she didn't use too much teenage language. And themes like love, friendship and self-worth are interesting for all age groups.

I especially enjoyed reading about the heroine of the book. Penny Lane is a normal 16 year old girl, she is very likable and I enjoyed how she handled her life. Her development throughout the book was fascinating and great. The way she kept the club together and never lost the happiness of her friends out of her sight was heart-warming. I also enjoyed that the club concentrated on helping the girls become more confident. It wasn't about something like sex is bad but about concentrating on yourself and doing what you enjoy.
All in all I was positively suprised by "The Lonely Hearts Club" and think that it's a very cute, funny and lovely book for teens and adults. 

cover
I like it because it fits to the book and I like the Beatles reference.

final appraisal
I was suprised at how well the story worked for me. Although most of the main characters are only 16 the book didn't feel too young. I enjoyed reading about The Lonely Hearts Club and think that Penny Lane was an amazing heroine. The way themes like friendship, love and being disappointed by boys were portrayed made this book very entertaining and lovely.

9 comments:

  1. I'm happy you enjoyed it! This book looks really cute and I've been reading some other positive reviews on it so I can't wait to read it! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  2. I am glad you enjoyed it. I do have concerns with YA, sometimes they are just too young for me. I may like cute sometimes, but it is hard to know

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  3. The Beatles references alone will put this one on my wishlist :)

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  4. I too thought that 16 year old stories may be too young for me. Glad it worked out well.

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  5. I think I would enjoy this book :) Thanks for the review :)

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  6. Indeed, the Beatles-esque cover and title is cute. ^_^ Does the connection go any furthur than that (like one of the characters being a crazy Beatles fan or something)?

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  7. Alisha, Penny Lane's parents and she also are huge Beatles fan. The club is named after the Beatles and she is also.

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  8. I have never read this book, but it is definitely on my list! :)

    Have you ever read Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg? It is really awesome! It is like a modern day version of Pride and Prejudice, and I think you should check it out! :)

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  9. This book is so good! Highly recommend(: Must Read!!!

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