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The Lonely Hearts Club Hardcover – December 29, 2009
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The Lonely Hearts Club is a kick-butt, fun, and powerful read that isn't just about the romantic ups and downs of teen dating and swearing off guys, but about friendship and loyalty and never allowing a boyfriend to compromise who you are or make you give up your girlfriends. The many dating dynamics in the book are so, so true, which makes it an easy and enjoyable novel to get into, and Penny's witty voice will make you laugh and cringe with her at the same time, especially as the many girls share their dating woes (who knew guys could be so mean?). Penny's club is unconventional, but it is so fantastic to see how she turns her pain at rejection by guys into something positive and fun for the girls in her school, and it won't fail to entertain at the same time as despite her best intentions, Penny just can't stop liking guys. The Lonely Hearts Club is not about moping around; it's about boys, The Beatles, picking yourself back up again and coming out stronger, and being the better person (most of the time). It'll leave you downloading The Beatles' music and wanting to form your own Lonely Hearts Club. Thank you, Elizabeth Eulberg.Read more ›
After finding herself with a broken heart yet again, Penny decides to swear off boys (except the Beatles) until after high school, choosing instead to focus on herself and her girlfriends by creating The Lonely Hearts Club (so named after the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album). Penny couldn't be happier with her new found freedom, even if she is only a club of one. But word of Penny's new club spreads quickly among the girls of her school who are also eager to shed their boy-troubles and Penny quickly finds herself on the outs with nearly every boy, some particularly catty girls, and even her principal.
There were several things to love about Elizabeth Eulberg's debut novel The Lonely Hearts Club. First off, any novel that takes not only its title but several character names and a 'date' to a Beatles impersonators concert from the Fab Four cannot help but be entertaining. Additionally, I adore the lighthearted cover with its modern girly Abbey Road inspired cover. I also applaud Eulberg for creating some strong female characters who recognize the futility of centering their lives around the whims of immature males who go on to get good grades, join sports teams, and who understand the value of female friendship. Thank you for that.Read more ›
When Penny discovers her boyfriend cheating on her, she decides she's sick of boys and all the aggravation they cause her. She swears off boys (until she's out of high school, anyway) and decides to form a club. What better name than The Lonely Hearts Club since she's grown up in a Beatles culture? To be a member you must:
* stop dating boys while you're in high school
* attend all couple events (such as Homecoming, parties, etc) as a group
* attend Saturday night meetings
* be supportive of friends, even when they make bad choices
The Lonely Hearts Club turns out to be more popular than Penny ever imagined, but it also causes problems. The boys at her high school aren't crazy about it and the principal thinks it's disruptive. Things really start to heat up for Penny, though, when she starts to like a certain boy. Penny and her club learn a lot about life in just a few months.
The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg is delightful YA book! I thought Penny was a great character. Sure, she makes mistakes, but she picks herself up and moves on with her life when she does. Her friends are great, too - each with their own strengths and weaknesses. I really enjoyed the time I spent with the members of The Lonely Hearts Club. I also enjoyed all the Beatles references throughout the book. Having said that, you don't need to know a lot about the Beatles to enjoy this book.
I love the message that this book gives young girls. It lets them know that it's great to have a guy in your life, but it's fine if you don't.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terribly disappointed with this book! I've read others by her that were charming and well written. I can't believe this is by the same author. Avoid!Published 7 months ago by English Major
A notable book with an engaging narrative. I even like it more than Better Off Friends! The ending is so sweet and I like how real the friends are. Especially Penny and Diane. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amariah Dixon
Genre: YA Contemporary
Read: August 1, 2015
As opposed to my 3-star rating, this book was not necessarily horrible. Read more
Penny is OVER boys. They're the worst (agreed, Penny, so much agreed). So she swears of dating and gets some of her friends to join in with her. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Gaby
"Think for yourself 'cause I won't be there with you." -- George Harrison, 1965
You've just got to love the cover, which is a spoof of the Beatles' 1969 Abbey... Read more
First off, I love the cover of the book (and I’m not even a Beatles fan) but the spine was even better than the cover! Oh, it’s one of my favorite spines. Read more
This book was so liberating in so many ways. I wish I had been able to read it when I was in high school. It probably would have been my favorite ever. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Listful Booking