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. . . . (Source: Goodreads)
This book held a new twist for me. I love friend-to-boyfriend storylines and this was the opposite. Penny had to fall out of love with that boy. She was hopelessly devoted to Nate since they were 5 years old. Elizabeth makes it pretty easy for the reader to do, because you instantly want to punch Nate in the face when you meet him. It isn’t as easy for Penny to move on. But she is going to get by with a little help of her friends.
The real WIN in this book is The Lonely Hearts Club. It starts out as a NO DATING boys club, but evolves into something way better. It turns into a group of girls that really support each other. They support a friend that makes the transition from cheerleader to basketball player. They host a fundraiser to get the girl’s team new uniforms. They tutor each other. They ward off backstabbers. And they have a standing date every Saturday, making friends the priority.
While Penny is working though her issues and supporting the club, Ryan’s feelings for Penny become obvious. He is sweet and the ultimate catch. I found myself smiling at his friendly flirting. But Penny is so caught up in the club (which is good), that she hurts Ryan a few times. He doesn’t deserve it. As a reader I totally understand the little war that raged within Penny and her dilemma with Ryan, but I didn’t really like it. Of course, that is coming from a 40 year-old woman and not a teenager…the intended audience. In the end, it is still sweet and enjoyable.
The Lonely Hearts Club teaches us that friends shouldn’t come in second and some will make your heart smile.