"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. . . ."
Oh, my gosh! I forgotten how good Elizabeth Eulberg is! The Lonely Hearts Club (sort of short book, but very entertaining) is something like Shut Out. (Kody Keplinger wrote that one). There is definitely a war between girls versus boys, but this one solely focuses on that. And I really enjoy how The Lonely Hearts Club breaks stereotypes and let characters break character and go their own ways and paths.
It is really amazing, and I like it.
Penny Lane is sadly named after that Beatles' song. (And I can tell you that it is annoying when people think you are named after a song. But to be actually named after a song? Must be a whole lot worse). She is an amazing girl, and she does break out in her own way. She is a girl at heart, and it is amazing how true it gets at heart.
And her friends? Wow. They stand out in their own way, and they don't shame each other for being someone unexpected. Definitely lots of girl power here. And they stand strong with each other even against other girls who don't like them.
Amazing. Absolutely amazing.
Ryan is the love interest of the book. The pull between Penny's club and Ryan is an interesting dynamic. She wants to go both ways, but the club won't allow a relationship with Ryan. Ryan wants to have a relationship with Penny. So it is really awesome to see how Penny sorts out everything. But until that sorting out-time, she gets into a huge mess of everything.
And yes, there is humor here.
Overall, The Lonely Hearts Club is great. I love the little quotes of songs between chapters. (And the songs are Beatles' songs, of course). At its core, it is about not letting what other people think get you down. It is about friendship. It is about strength when united. It is about breaking out, and not caring about what other people think.
It is about being free and true, and I really enjoyed the book.
Rating: Five out of Five