The Lonely Hearts Club – Elizabeth Eulberg

Synopsis

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. . . .

Review

Why do I keep trying to read Elizabeth Eulberg’s books? Most of them are underwhelming. I couldn’t STAND this book. This is the type of thing that gives feminism a bad name. I feel way too old for this drama.
Penny Lane Bloom was agitating and angsty. She sent the most infuriating mixed signals! Penny and her friends are also very confrontational. There are better ways to stand up for yourself than to yell rude things to others. For example, going back to the principal after standing up to him about basketball jerseys completely defeated the purpose of the event. When fighting for equality, girls should get more funding spent towards their athletic events rather than having to bust their bums to get anything at all. There were a couple of insightful comments (e.g. the fairness of guys calling “dibs”), but most were pointed out in a disappointing way.

Also, almost every conversation revolved around the exact thing this book admonished: boys (and relationships with them). The plot development was scarce, and the character development was even more lacking. Boys are not the spawn of Satan! There was a big emphasis on spending time with friends rather than boyfriends, but I think people should understand that platonic friendships between opposite genders is totally normal too (without an ulterior motive)! The Lonely Hearts Club was downright sexist at times, admonishing and demeaning men based on a couple poor examples. As the saying goes, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” 100% true in this book.

I liked the Beatles themes, quirks, and obsessions, but that’s about it. This book took itself WAY too seriously.

Related Reading

  • Better Off Friends – Elizabeth Eulberg
  • The Break-Up Artist – Philip Siegel
  • Prom and Prejudice – Elizabeth Eulberg
  • V is for Virgin – Kelly Oram

Rating: 1/5

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