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by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Lonely Hearts Club download ebook
Elizabeth Eulberg
Point; Reprint edition (January 1, 2011)
304 pages
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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. . . .
  • Fohuginn
This book is actually the reason I read Prom & Prejudice (my first Elizabeth Eulberg book AND one of the first books I reviewed when I really started blogging!) But... I had never actually read The Lonely Hearts Club! I bought it for my middle school library when it came out. I put it on my "New Books!" shelf and a student checked it out. She loved it and told a friend to check it out. They did. Then they had another friend read it and so on and so forth. Pretty soon it had a hold line. That has never happened with a book I didn't book talk before (or since!) I knew I had to read it... and I finally have!
First, I feel like I should mention that I am a huge Elizabeth Eulberg fan. She is a Wisconsin girl like me (check back for more on that tomorrow!) I've met her a number of times and she is super fun to be around. Plus, her books are awesome. The Lonely Hearts Club is no exception. I would have adored it even if I'd never met the author.

I think one of my favorite parts about Elizabeth Eulberg's books is the humor. This one was no exception. I loved the main character's Beatles obsessed parents (and how the obsession was past to her, too!) I loved the jokes and banter between the girls. I loved the idea of the nondating club! It was all so fun! It really made the story fly. I read it in one sitting, almost without stopping. Eulberg's writing is fresh and I just really enjoy her style. It left me feeling very content when I read the last page (not that I wouldn't love more Penny Lane and company!)

The friendship between the different girls in the story was another aspect I loved. High school can be so mercurial. Friendships and relationships can change by the hour. Who didn't know someone who dropped plans with her friends for a guy? Or someone who was just doing what everyone expected of them? I liked seeing how the events of this book and having the support of The Lonely Hearts Club helped the girls really focus on who they wanted to be and what they wanted in their lives. Be who you want to be, not who others want to see! That's a message I want my students to walk away with!

If you're looking for a delightful read full of friendship, romance and everything that comes with the two, The Lonely Hearts Club is for you. Also, how awesome is that cover?!?!?
  • Karon
Sometimes I really want a light-hearted book without all the angst and drama of a lot of the popular YA books/genres out there right now, and to get a good girl-power message - even better. That's exactly what I got with Elizabeth Eulberg's debut novel, THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB, plus I got a little Beatles nostalgia along with it. I was drawn to it as soon as I heard the plot summary, but of course, the cover sold me on getting it in hardcover - it's so fun!

This book is a story with an independent high school junior girl main character who gets treated badly by a boy she's had a crush on for a long time. The girl - Penny Lane (a Beatles song of course since her parents are huge fans) - decides she's not going to deal with one more boy treating her badly, so she swears off dating for the rest of high school. Thus starts the lonely hearts club (inspired of course by the Beatles' Sargeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band). Once word gets out, other girls decide they don't want to deal with immature boys who treat them badly either, and they see how much fun the girls in the club are having, so the club gets a reputation around the school.

There's a really important message coming out of reading this story - it's not just about not dealing with the boy drama, but it's more about what it means to be a good friend to the girls around you. It's about keeping your friends honest, being there for each other, and not letting boys change your priorities. The club's rules say that a girl can't change who she is for a guy, she can't ditch her friends for a guy, she can't let a guy take over her whole life and forget about her friends - what a great message to send teen girls who need to remember that when they get to high school and boy drama and pressure becomes so much more of a part of their lives.

I think the highlight about this book for me was that even though it deals with the typical boyfriend drama of high school girls, it's done in a unique way in which the girls still get to be strong characters. I do wish some of the secondary characters had the chance to be developed a little more fully because they had the potential to really add to the story more than they were able to with the length of the book, but it was it will be an accessible book for many adolescent girls - and it doesn't cross the line into mature content. I loved this book for it's light-heartedness, great message, and fun story (with a Beatles twist) and am glad I found it.

Review originally posted on Heise Reads & Recommends
  • Thohelm
Penny Lane Bloom, a sixteen year old girl named after a Beatles song, has had her heart broken repeatedly. She turns to The Beatles to help her with her coping and then decides to give up on boys and creates the Lonely Hearts Club with her friends. It becomes a safe haven for girls to come together and focus on friendship and more. The club decides to give up on dating until they graduate high school but what happens when Penny starts to grow feelings for someone. A good guy and not someone like all the other guys at her school. Will she abide by the Club's rules? Will she disappoint her friends?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Lonely Hearts Club. I'm also a Beatles fan so I liked the references and the ties with one of the greatest bands of all time.

You can't but help feel for Penny and the struggles she goes through with trying to be loyal to the club she created but also for her feelings toward a certain someone. I also liked that the girls in the club really focused on trying to change themselves and be who they wanted and not succumbed to the pressures of high school. The focus on friendship being first was great and I liked that the girls stuck to each other throughout the book without all the drama that comes with too many girls being in one place at one time. The book is empowering and I had only wished I had a club like this while I was attending high school.