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The Museum of Heartbreak Hardcover – June 7, 2016
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Gr 9 Up—When it comes to finding her true love, Penelope Marx knows it will happen just like in a book. And when Pen meets Keats, a suave, literary cool guy, her book-loving heart is sure she's found the real thing. This is huge, since she has only two friends, Audrey and Eph. While they are her whole world, they exist beyond her. Audrey's other best friend is rude to Pen, and Eph is always dating a different beautiful girl. Pen and Audrey have an argument, and Pen throws herself into a relationship with Keats. But her conscience knows that he is not perfect, or even perfect for her. Making new friends at the literary magazine helps the protagonist expand her narrow circle. This is a sweet look at first love and the lessons we learn from it. New York City provides the perfect backdrop for the narrative: making out in the stacks at the Strand, having a fight on the subway platform. While heavy foreshadowing (heartbreak is in the title) will all but tell what will eventually happen, the journey is the point. The large cast of characters are varied, and each figure is easily discernible from the others. VERDICT Not required reading, but absolutely an enjoyable ride for fans of NYC and first love.—Kelly Jo Lasher, Middle Township High School, Cape May Court House, NJ
"The lucky readers of THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK also get to fall in love - with this charming, fun, and buoyant book. Meg Leder's writing sparkles." (Deb Caletti)
"Intertwining the twin ecstasies (and agonies) of falling in love and coming of age, The Museum of Heartbreak is a charming, tender and hilarious debut you will want to get lost in." (Gayle Forman, bestselling author of IF I STAY and I WAS HERE)
"An enjoyable ride for fans of NYC and first love.” (School Library Journal)
"Will resonate with girl readers feeling the heartbreak of broken friendships.” (VOYA Magazine)
Top customer reviews
This book just felt so real. The relationships were believable. The emotions were raw. Pen was slightly annoying at times, but I was very invested in her happiness because of the hurt I felt for her right away.
I loved the way this book was written as a museum. Each chapter began with an artifact, and then that section of the story explained why it had meaning and how it played into the various heartbreaks involved in this book. I most appreciated that the heartbreak wasn't just about a boyfriend. This book examines the way that our friends and family can hurt us too, sometimes without meaning to. It's a great read!
THIS is why MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK is one of my favorites of 2016. Not to mention how richly drawn Pen, Eph, and all the characters come across on the page. Because books that read this effortless and true, aren’t without a monumental amount of effort.
So you can find me and my happy heart singing with joy for the remains of the year. Now, do yourself a favor, sing with me and BUY IT!!! :)
This. All of this! The Museum of Heartbreak was like receiving a hug from a book! It was so incredible and wonderful, magical and all around lovely. It made me laugh in recognition of my younger awkward self, and had me crying at the end in remembering my own moments of teenage heartbreak, and how I never thought I would survive it! I became so engrossed in the story, so involved in the characters' lives, I actually felt my heart break alongside Pen's and would have been devastated if Pen and Eph didn't get together in the end. This book is the perfect read for any time of year, and gives you all the feels. I want to keep it close to me always, and it's a definite re-read for my future when I need to be reminded that growing up is hard and it's ok that friends drift when it means becoming the true you.