Published by Point, an imprint of Scholastic, 2010
My Rating: B
Penny Lane is a junior in high school who has just had her first major heartbreak caused by a boy she has known and trusted her entire life. He broke her heart so badly that she has vowed to go through the rest of high school without dating. She forms her own club for this purpose, The Lonely Hearts Club.
Before long Penny’s club is growing as other high school girls decide to join. The club is really more about taking care of yourself rather than hating boys. The girls want to make sure they don’t change themselves because of boys. As the club grows in popularity and numbers, it begins to bother some the the high school boys and the high school principal.
It’s a fun and sometimes humorous book. It reminded me of my fifteenth year with all the heartbreak and drama. And I enjoyed all the references to the Beatles songs. The story sends a good message to young girls. The reasoning in it is sound.
It’s a YA book but one that adults will enjoy as well. As I’m writing this post my eleven-year old granddaughter is sitting next to me reading it. I thought perhaps it would be better read in a couple of years and her mom agrees (but she’s already read the Twilight series…).