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The Museum of Heartbreak

Review

The Museum of Heartbreak

Penelope Marx is a true romantic. Sure, she’s never been kissed or gone on a real date, but she cannot help swooning over Titanic or making up romantic situations in her head. Unfortunately, never being kissed is not her biggest problem. One of her best friends, Audrey, is becoming closer friends with Clerisse, who has quickly become Penelope’s least favorite person. Audrey continues to grow distant and it does not seem like Penelope can do anything to stop it. Plus, her other best friend, Eph, has been all kinds of confusing lately and Penelope cannot figure out why. 

Add Keats, a new guy who seems to actually like Penelope, into the equation and you get a fairly complicated mess. THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK follows Penelope dealing with growing up, first loves, friendships and, of course, a few heartbreaks.

"THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK combines bits and pieces of everyone’s favorite aspects of contemporaries --- making for a fun, cute, and fast paced read."

THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK combines bits and pieces of everyone’s favorite aspects of contemporaries --- making for a fun, cute, and fast paced read. Though this can make some of the plot slightly predictable, it is the most fun I’ve had reading a book in a while. The book was just as cute as the cover and it showed me what to expect while also describing heartbreak in an excellent light. I especially enjoyed how the book did not touch on romantic heartbreaks, but showed that there can be other types of heartbreaks too. 

Penelope’s voice in the book was the most enjoyable part of THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK. She was funny and awkward, making her a relatable protagonist right away. I was interested and hooked onto her narrative within the first ten pages. I also loved her best friend Eph. He became my new fictional boyfriend once I was finished with the book. Reading about Audrey and Clerisse were not as enjoyable, but there were other characters I liked more to make up for them. I especially liked Penelope’s new friends, Miles and Grace. Watching Penelope try to find herself and make new friends was reminiscent of EVERY LAST WORD by Tamara Ireland Stone.

I recommend THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK to anyone looking for a light and fast read that will melt their hearts. The book was addicting and I couldn’t put it down! It is very rare for me to finish a book in one or two days, but I managed to read it all in two days. Unlike with most contemporaries where the ending is not satisfying, THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK ends perfectly. The story was very special and touching because of all of the problems it dealt with.

Reviewed by Brynn S., Teen Board Member on June 14, 2016

The Museum of Heartbreak
by Meg Leder