The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Genre: Young Adult
Synopsis: 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.

Rating: 4 stars

Review: This book was so cute! I really enjoyed it, and was entertained all throughout. Yeah, the plot line isn't deep or heavy, and it certainly doesn't talk about an "important" issue or message, but it's just such a simple and fun book that I don't even care! It's just one of those stories that are able to bring me back to those days in high school (and maybe even in elementary and middle school) when all I had to worry about were school, extracurricular activities, friends, and crushes. It was so plain, simple, and much easier back then -- for me at least. It's nice to reminisce sometimes, and The Lonely Hearts Club definitely brings me back to those memorable moments.

It's just one of those books where I can imagine reading if I wanted to kill time. I'd pick this up if I wanted something really simple, light-hearted, and fun. I could be traveling, in the car during a long drive or on the plane. It's refreshing to read something as light like this every once in a while.

I recommend this to those who are in high school and to actual teenagers as I think they would appreciate this a little more. Adults might not enjoy this as much, most especially if you're too busy to read to begin with and you would prefer to pick your books more carefully. It's most definitely not for everyone. But if you have some time to kill, and you like "beach reads" like this every once in a while, then I say go for it. It's a pretty cute "high school-I hate boys because they're such jerks-story." I know I enjoyed it. It's cute! It's fun. Sometimes, that's exactly what I just need.