The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
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. . . . (Goodreads)
After being dumped by her childhood crush in an awfully craptastic way, Penny Lane swears off dating for the remainder of high school. After all, the guys in her school are hardly dreamy. Is it really that big of a sacrifice? She takes inspiration from the greatest band of all time, The Beatles, and decides to celebrate her single status by forming The Lonely Hearts Club.
And boy does her club take off. It turns out girls are sick of the wide array of B.S. high school boys have to offer. As the club grows, Penny Lane and her friends vow to never again be those girls who give up everything for a guy (in yo face, Bella). The success of the club leads to some backlash from those douchy dateless guys who resent the dent Penny and her club are making in their social lives. Oh and Penny’s childhood love? He won’t stop texting her. But the absolute very worst thing of all is this: Penny is developing this amazing sense of self—and a crush on a guy.
Say it isn’t so! Except don’t because he’s adorbs.
OK, can we talk about Penny first? Her name is Penny Lane. As in, hello, I’m named after a Beatles song.
And her club is The Lonely Hearts Club.
As in Sergeant Pepper’s.
This endeared her to me, a Beatles fan of gigantic proportions. Penny is the grounding force in this story and she has this wonderfully hopeful heart wherein, while she wants one day to have romance again, she sees that she needn’t be defined by a guy. How I wish more girls were like Penny! She truly became an example and an inspiration to the girls around her and without meaning to, sparked real change. Of course, she didn’t intend it that way, she was just sick of getting dumped on.
And Penny’s taboo crush? Absolutely adorable. Like, I was so excited to turn the page to see more interaction between them. And Penny, being so far removed emotionally from even considering love, was totally clueless. That seemed to make it all the sweeter.
I also loved the friendships. These girls stuck together and supported one another, not only in their dating ban, but in everything they put their minds to. They were able to see that they were whole people without the validation (or rejection) dating can bring. Such a great message.
Crush Intensity: 3.75/5 This one made me smile all the way through it.