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We Can Work It Out (The Lonely Hearts Club)

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We Can Work It Out (The Lonely Hearts Club)

In the scary, spooky world of high school, everyone has to fight to the finish to keep their grades up, balance extracurricular activities, play sports and have a social life. In WE CAN WORK IT OUT, Elizabeth Eulberg’s sequel to THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB, high school is the perfect scene to welcome a new kind of teen experience --- like a Lonely Hearts Club.

Penny Lane Bloom --- a leader at best and an over-achiever at worst --- has started this group for girls who stick together, grow together and fight through their heartbreak together. Penny Lane, now a junior in high school and still getting over her jerk ex-boyfriend Nate, must learn to balance the demands included in keeping her new boyfriend Ryan happy and keeping her Club duties at the top of her priorities. As she struggles with making it work without a hinge, Penny Lane sees new sides of herself, her friends and, of course, the boys in her life.

Penny Lane Bloom is representative of what the modern day girl can achieve and reminds us all of the power of collective love and shared wisdom.

WE CAN WORK IT OUT uses the ever-relevant music and cultural influence of The Beatles to shape the wonderful, weird world of Penny Lane. With quotes from the Fabulous Four strewn throughout chapters, we get a taste of what’s to come and what to ponder. Humorous dialogue and storylines give insight into the Bloom parents --- including their convictions, creativity and love for The Beatles --- and how they’ve influenced Penny Lane.

When the music stops, reality kicks in with characters that remind us all of the true nature of life. WE CAN WORK IT OUT approaches the very real problems Penny Lane and the Club face with an honest portrayal of teenage fear, vulnerability, imperfection, pain, strength and, of course, love.  Eulberg beautifully constructs many characters, and readers will likely seem themselves in one of them and reflect on their own actions.

WE CAN WORK IT OUT is a story for any age group and gender and serves up a bundle of wise messages around the themes of friendship, love, girl-power, balance and understanding. Eulberg writes with the fun and quirky voice of your everyday teenager who is honest and painfully aware. Penny Lane Bloom is representative of what the modern day girl can achieve and reminds us all of the power of collective love and shared wisdom. WE CAN WORK IT OUT is the kind of book you read again and again to note the timeless lessons life, love and all things in between.

Reviewed by Yaira M., Teen Board Member on February 10, 2015

We Can Work It Out (The Lonely Hearts Club)
by Elizabeth Eulberg