The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg (2010)

I felt lost. I needed to hide away. Escape.
There was only one thing I could do to ease the pain. I turned to the only four guys who’d never let me down. The only four guys who’d never broken my heart, who’d never disappointed me.
John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Anybody who has ever clung to a song like a musical life raft will understand. Or put on a song to bring out an emotion or a memory. Or had a soundtrack playing in their head to drown out a conversation or scene (p 16).

lonely-hearts-club-cover_smallA simply adorable book that I couldn’t put down. Penny has had her heart broken too many times by the thoughtless (albeit hormone driven) high school boys. Tired of their pomp, false promises, and lying hearts, the solution presents itself as Penny Lane is listening to her Beatles album, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. So she starts the Lonely Hearts Club, membership one, not because she is lonely, but because she wants to celebrate freedom from ‘getting cheated on, lied to, and used’ (p 19).

It doesn’t take long for other girls to hear about her sworn singlehood (through high school, that is). Soon the membership is in the double digits and growing. But it isn’t smooth sailing. Some girls join to spread gossip, manipulate the boys to their advantage, and be popular. Tackling obstacles (including the principal and frustrated jocks) and growing because of it, this book keeps a realistic tone and a holistic approach (after all, it isn’t easy for a guy either). Charming and fun, fun, fun. Highly enjoyable.

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