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Review: We Can Work it Out

April 4, 2015

We Can Work it Out

The Lonely Hearts Club is growing and going strong and its founder, Penny Lane Bloom, is trying to do everything.  She feels a strong sense of loyalty to the club and its goal – to show that a girl doesn’t need a guy to have worth – but she and Ryan have started dating.  She thinks he’s pretty special and deserves some of her attention too.   Penny Lane is trying to do it all but it’s taking a toll on her.  Can she come up with a solution before it’s too late?

We Can Work it Out by Elizabeth Eulberg is the sequel to The Lonely Hearts Club, which I loved so I was just a little nervous going into the book.  It was all for naught, though, I thought We Can Work it Out was just as wonderful as the first book!

Penny Lane and her friends have gotten older (they’re juniors now) and The Lonely Hearts Club has become an important part of their lives.  They’re serious about getting the club’s message out so it’s growing and even expanding to other schools.  It takes a lot of work and time, though, and, as the President, Penny Lane feels like she has to do it all, leaving her very little time for her terrific new boyfriend.  Like many women, young and old, she has to figure out a way to find some balance.

There are a couple of things that stand out for me in these books.  For one thing, the girls are supportive of, rather than competitive with, each other.  They value their female friendships and aren’t boy crazy.

We have friends, a sisterhood, and it has nothing to do with what guy is going to ask you to a stupid dance.  We matter as individuals.

They set goals and work hard to achieve them.  There is some talk about taking “the next step” with a guy but the girls are thoughtful about it and Eulberg handles it delicately.

I loved We Can Work it Out – the storyline is fun (I love The Beatles tie-in) and this book has a terrific message for young girls.  I recommend it and The Lonely Hearts Club to middle school girls on up.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

I won this book from The Debutante Ball.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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13 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2015 6:44 am

    If I was youn ger 🙂

  2. April 4, 2015 6:54 am

    Isn’t that funny how one worries that a next book won’t be as good as the first? And so often, it is not! Glad to hear this one did not disappoint!

  3. April 4, 2015 7:04 am

    I always think that this age group has not enough reading catering for them. Glad this sequel was as good as the first

  4. April 4, 2015 9:54 am

    What fun, and how refreshing to find female teen characters supporting one another. I like the Beatles vibe, too. Thanks for sharing!

  5. April 4, 2015 10:38 am

    I read The Lonely Hearts Club several years ago and liked it very much. Did not know there was a sequel, but will put it on my wishlist for times when a YA book is just the right thing. Thanks for telling about it!!

  6. Patty permalink
    April 4, 2015 3:58 pm

    It does sound like a lovely and fun book!

  7. April 4, 2015 6:37 pm

    I haven’t read Lonely Hearts Club yet and it sounds like I’m missing out on a really fun series.

  8. April 4, 2015 9:41 pm

    Kathy, this sounds like a lot of fun! Terrific review!!

  9. April 5, 2015 1:13 am

    I love books that show female friendship rather than competition! This one sounds like a fun read.

  10. April 5, 2015 4:04 pm

    I loved Lonely Hearts Club so I am definitely going to check this out. I didn’t realize that there was a sequel out.

  11. April 6, 2015 12:58 pm

    I was going to say that there is a lot of Beatles references in these book titles, etc.

  12. bookingmama permalink
    April 8, 2015 8:17 pm

    I can’t wait to read this one, nor can Booking Daughter!

  13. April 11, 2015 10:07 pm

    I love books that show a supportive group of friends at a young age. Girls need to read more of this!

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