By: Elizabeth Eulberg
Pub. Date: December 29, 2009
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. . . .
Penny has been hurt way to many time by stupid high school boys. One day she decides to start "The Lonely Hearts Club". Member: 1. What begins as Penny's way to stop herself from hurting by swearing off dating until she graduates turns into a movement that all of the high school girls want to join.
I really liked Penny. Despite being cheated on and treated like crap by guys and so-called friends, she is still trustworthy and loyal. Penny's best friend is Tracey, who I absolutely loved. She had this confidence and attitude about her that I just loved and respected. I also like how protective she was of Penny when Penny's former best friend, Diane (who stopped being her friend when she got a boyfriend), came back into the picture. Diane was someone that I wasn't sure if I could trust, but she definitely wanted to atone for what she did and I respected her for it. I loved watching all of these girls gain the confidence they needed to be their own person and not let others rule their life.
While "The Lonely Hearts Club" becomes bigger and bigger, Penny starts to get romantic feelings for Ryan, a boy she was always friends with, but was never available. I loved Ryan! He was so sweet and patient. There is nothing hotter then the popular boy being a total sweetheart!
There were so many things that I loved about The Lonely Hearts Club. I thought the characters were so realistic and I loved the relationships between Penny and Tracey, Diane and Ryan. I also LOVED all of The Beatles references and it even got me into the mood to listen to some of their songs while reading.
I definitely recommend reading The Lonely Hearts Club. It was a cute, fun and quick read with a great message! I can't wait to read Prom & Prejudice, another Eulberg book that I must read asap!
I was lucky enough to meet Eulberg at Teen Book Con this year. She was a total sweetheart and I loved how she signed my copy of The Lonely Hearts Club!