Okay, first of all, this book kind of annoyed me. And not that that’s any fault of the author. This is more of a cumulative annoyance from reading so many contemporary YA books: namely, they are all about boyfriends.
I liked the central premise. Beatles fanatic girl (First name Penny, middle name Lane…brilliance) forms a club called The Lonely Hearts Club and swears off boys. But here’s what really annoys me (and if you don’t want spoilers, don’t read this): at the end, they have to revise the rules of the club to include dating, because presumably they can’t live without boys. Sigh.
This seems to happen a lot in books. MC’s life falls apart when they get dumped. MC’s life revolves around high school boys. But in real life, that’s the least of our worries. What happened to books like Thirteen Reasons Why, or It’s Kind of a Funny Story, or 13 Little Blue Envelopes, or The Perks of Being a Wallflower? I want to read contemporary YA books that don’t focus on relationships. I want Stephen Chbosky’s profundity and Meg Cabot’s hilarity.
Don’t get me wrong, Lonely Hearts Club was a nice little book. A nice messages, nice characters and a nice storyline. But that’s all it was: nice. It was also utterly forgettable and kind of cliched. That is not the fault of the book. That is a reflection of the reader – I get that. But if you’re after a DIFFERENT contemporary YA, this one isn’t for you.
Oh, and another thing that annoyed me: the principal of the MC’s high school. He was just a full-on jerk. Despite the fact that the Lonely Hearts Club meetings take place outside of school, and don’t impact on Penny’s school life whatsoever, this principal decides to stage a meeting with Penny’s parents, telling her to disband the club. Not sure what Eulberg was trying to achieve with this, and frankly it pissed me off. Principals can’t do that, people!
A nice enough read. Two and a half stars from me.
The next book I’m reading is The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants – can’t believe I haven’t read it yet!