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Review: The Lonely Hearts Club

January 8, 2010

Penny’s parents are Beatles fanatics – in fact, they love the Beatles, so much, they named their daughters Lucy (in the Sky with Diamonds), Rita (the Lovely Meter Maid) and Penny Lane after Beatles songs.

When Penny discovers her boyfriend cheating on her, she decides she’s sick of boys and all the aggravation they cause her.   She swears off boys (until she’s out of high school, anyway) and decides to form a club.  What better name than The Lonely Hearts Club since she’s grown up in a Beatles culture?  To be a member you must:

  • stop dating boys while you’re in high school
  • attend all couple events (such as Homecoming, parties, etc) as a group
  • attend Saturday night meetings
  • be supportive of friends, even when they make bad choices

The Lonely Hearts Club turns out to be more popular than Penny ever imagined, but it also causes problems.  The boys at her high school aren’t crazy about it and the principal thinks it’s disruptive.  Things really start to heat up for Penny, though, when she starts to like a certain boy.  Penny and her club learn a lot about life in just a few months.

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg is delightful YA book!  I thought Penny was a great character.  Sure, she makes mistakes, but she picks herself up and moves on with her life when she does. Her friends are great, too – each with their own strengths and weaknesses.  I really enjoyed the time I spent with the members of The Lonely Hearts Club.  I also enjoyed all the Beatles references throughout the book.  Having said that, you don’t need to know a lot about the Beatles to enjoy this book.

I love the message that this book gives young girls.  It lets them know that it’s great to have a guy in your life, but it’s fine if you don’t.  It encourages them to be themselves and not try to be who they think someone else wants them to be.   It tells them they should support each other and not abandon their girlfriends when a guy comes along.

There is a little bit of talk about sex in The Lonely Hearts Club, so I would probably recommend it for 7th or 8th grade and up.  (I may be off on this, though, since it’s been a while since I’ve been around a middle schooler.)

Thanks to Big Honcho Media, I’ll be hosting a giveaway of three copies of The Lonely Hearts Club starting, Monday, January 11, so come back then if you’d like to enter for a chance to win a copy.

Review copy provided by Big Honcho Media.   I am an Amazon Associate.
41 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2010 6:35 am

    I really enjoy the way you review books Kathy. This one sounds really good and I like the message that girls don’t need a boy to be a worthwhile person. I wish I could tell you that 6th grade and down aren’t sexually aware but to my dismay they most certainly are!!! I will keep this book on my radar screen!

  2. January 8, 2010 7:20 am

    I felt the exact same way about this book! There were so many terrific messages for young girls. I can’t wait for Booking Daughter to read it in a few years.

  3. January 8, 2010 7:21 am

    I really like the sound of this one and the cover is really fun. I’ll be looking out for it. Thanks for sharing!

  4. January 8, 2010 7:36 am

    This book looks like something I would enjoy reading. Also I agree kids are definitely aware of lots of things we wish they wouldn’t know 🙂 That’s why I always have trouble recommending books to my younger cousins 🙂
    Thanks for such a nice review

  5. January 8, 2010 7:38 am

    How cute! I’ll be back for the giveaway next week. 🙂

  6. January 8, 2010 7:58 am

    This sounds really good. I don’t read too much YA, but I’ll keep this one in mind.


  7. January 8, 2010 8:06 am

    Sounds like such a cute book – great review! I’ll definitely be back on Monday for the giveaway. I love the Beatles, so this book sounds like it’s right up my alley. Cheers!

  8. January 8, 2010 8:38 am

    This is a book that I would love to read. Thanks for the review. I love the Beatles names of the characters…what a great idea!

  9. January 8, 2010 8:55 am

    That sounds downright cute! I’ll have to enter the giveaway.

  10. January 8, 2010 9:08 am

    This sounds like fun! I’ll be back too! :–)

  11. January 8, 2010 9:27 am

    I have a 15-year-old who would really benefit from being a member… or, should I say, I’d be able to breathe a sigh of relief if she was a member… lol.

    This book looks really cute, and it’s got a very good message.

  12. January 8, 2010 10:09 am

    I don’t usually read much YA fiction, but this one sounds pretty good. I love the idea that her parents have given the sisters names from the songs – very cute. Sounds just like something (we) Beatles fanatics might do!

  13. January 8, 2010 10:16 am

    Thanks for a terrific review. I will consider getting this book for my daughters. 🙂

  14. January 8, 2010 10:45 am

    I love the Beatles style cover. I like the way it makes girls realise they don’t need to have a boyfriend to fit in. I would definitely read it and I think it is one I would love the girls to read too.

  15. January 8, 2010 11:10 am

    I seen this book yesterday at Barnes and Noble. I passed on it, we were on our way to a meeting and running late. I wish I would have read your review first. I think I may have to pick this one up!

  16. January 8, 2010 12:00 pm

    This sounds like a lot of fun! I can’t imagine giving my kids themed names, but I know that some parents find that fun (like my great-great grandparents who named their daughters after flowers – Daisy and Pansy).

  17. January 8, 2010 12:53 pm

    This sounds pretty good – I love the idea of the girls taking charge and not pining around after the boys. Thanks for the review!

  18. January 8, 2010 1:11 pm

    I could have used this club when I was in high school…boys did nothing but bring me trouble and heartbreak!

  19. January 8, 2010 1:11 pm

    Sounds like a great book for its audience. Thanks for the review.

  20. January 8, 2010 2:47 pm

    Putting on the tbr list for my high school freshman who also happens to love the Beatles!

  21. January 8, 2010 3:18 pm

    How cute! Love The Beatles references. Sounds like a fun read too.

  22. January 8, 2010 7:35 pm

    I really like the message of this book. Sounds like it would also be fun to read.

  23. January 8, 2010 7:59 pm

    This sounds so cute! I received it yesterday and after reading your review, I think it will be the next book I’ll be reading!

  24. January 8, 2010 9:42 pm

    Like some other commenters, the cover really drew me in, too. It looks like a fun YA read.

  25. January 8, 2010 11:00 pm

    Sounds like a cute book – hope I am able to come back for the giveaway! I like their name choices but my husband doesn’t care for the Beatles (at all) and would definitely turn his nose up! This sounds like one I would recommend to my daughters – one who doesn’t want a boyfriend and the other who can’t seem to live without one!

  26. January 8, 2010 11:20 pm

    This sounds pretty good. I think I will add it to my YA list. My niece is in high school and I love that she is into sports and activities and not boyfriends. I’d get her this book but she is too busy to read!

  27. stacybuckeye permalink
    January 8, 2010 11:35 pm

    This sounds like an important message for teen girls. I could have used a book like this growing up.

  28. January 8, 2010 11:49 pm

    I’ve been hearing so much good about this book and would love to get the chance to read it. Either way, if I win it at some point or if I pick it up, I am planning on reading this. Thanks for the review! I think it pushed me over the edge.

  29. January 9, 2010 11:21 am

    Awesome review! This sounds like a really fun read 🙂

  30. Kals permalink
    January 9, 2010 11:36 am

    I’m a great fan of the Beatles and this book sounds like just the thing for me! Thanks for the great review! 🙂

  31. January 9, 2010 7:00 pm

    This book looks really cute! Great review, I’ll definitely check back on Monday.

  32. January 9, 2010 9:08 pm

    Sounds like a good one. I like the message. Wish I had focused less on boys in High School. There was plenty of time later… who knew? Very nice review.

  33. January 10, 2010 12:23 pm

    I think this one sounds really good. I’ll be back for the giveaway.

  34. January 10, 2010 3:40 pm

    This sounds like such a fun book!!! Please enter me in the draw. I love your review of it.

  35. January 10, 2010 4:10 pm

    I’ve seen this book floating around the blogosphere quite a lot lately and I’d been waffling on getting it. Based on this awesome review I’m definitely going to add it to my TBR pile now. It’s got such a great message!

    Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  36. January 10, 2010 7:04 pm

    This sounds like a fun read!

  37. January 11, 2010 4:54 pm

    I was sure I had commented on this post earlier, but it looks as if I was mistaken. I think this sounds like a really fun read and I have been meaning to enlarge me repertoire of YA books this year, so this one is definitely a contender for me. Great review, I am looking forward to reading this book!

  38. January 11, 2010 7:26 pm

    This sounds like a really cute book! I could easily see this as a movie or something.

  39. January 11, 2010 9:30 pm

    I like the message conveyed in this book. I would like to read it one day and from your review, I think young adults should read it too.

  40. Annika permalink
    May 16, 2010 6:43 am

    i really loved the book i read it i bought it at the store.thinking it looked cute. I actully just finished it this morning i really loved the part where ryan and penny are under the misstle toe & they kiss and ryan says ive been waiting all year for that and penny says what were you waiting for & then ryan is like do i really have to tell you then they both smile just everything about this book i loved make a second!!!!!! and the part where ryan says do i really have to tell you he says it becuse of the club just ahhh.. love it but im said i finided it today!:(

  41. Courtney permalink
    August 1, 2010 2:51 pm

    OMG i LOVE THIS BOOOOK !!!!!! its soooooooooooooooooooo goood they needd to make more or make it into a movie. the book rewrote my life it was sooo good i cant help but reading over agian and forget about wat happens>

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