Title: The Museum of Heartbreak Author: Meg Leder Publisher: Scholastic Published: 2nd June 2016 Pages: 256 Format: Paperback Source:: Review Copy Add It:Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository
Summary: In this ode to all the things we gain and lose and gain again, seventeen-year-old Penelope Marx curates her own mini-museum to deal with all the heartbreaks of love, friendship, and growing up.
Welcome to the Museum of Heartbreak.
Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face to face with the devastating, lonely-making butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak.
Heartbreak comes in all forms: There’s Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy who couldn’t be more perfect for her. There’s possibly the worst person in the world, Cherisse, whose mission in life is to make Penelope miserable. There’s Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend Audrey. And then there’s Penelope’s other best friend, the equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing Eph, who has been all kinds of confusing lately.
But sometimes the biggest heartbreak of all is learning to let go of that wondrous time before you ever knew things could be broken.
Admittedly, it took me a short while to get into this book but I’m really glad that I persevered because I ended up really loving the book. It was a wonderful story that was really cute. I loved how creative the main characters were and how well-rounded the plot was as well. I loved how the book had museum articles for each chapter so you sort of knew what would appear in each chapter but not how it would connect the story together. This just gave it that little bit of extra-ness to the story that I really enjoyed. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a cute romance book, very Dash and Lily-esque!
This book started off slowly, took a while to really get into its groove but once it did, it became very difficult to put the book down. Before I knew it, I was thinking about the story and the characters when I wasn’t reading the book and wondering how it was all going to end. Meg Leder has done a very good job at creating a storyline that flows really well and keeps the reader addicted. I loved how everything intertwined and came together. I felt myself reacting to the characters and the relationships as the story progressed and I ended up absolutely loving the ending. It was just so perfect!
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Another reason I struggled to get into this book to begin with was that I didn’t particularly like the main character, Pen. She really grated on my nerves to being with and I wanted to scream at her to make better life choices. But I think this is sort of how the story was perfect because Pen begins to realise her problems and works to solve them. And I think that’s wonderful to read about. My favourite character, by far, was Ephriam. He was incredibly sweet, sensitive and funny all at the same time. He was geeky and dorky and loved dinosaurs and he was just wonderful. He obviously has flaws but I just thought he was adorable! I also really liked Miles and Grace. There is a really great cast of characters in this book.
Overall this was an enjoyable read that I am very glad I read. I would definitely suggest persevering if you too are having trouble with the beginning as I promise it is eventually worth it. I found this to be a really cute romantic and friendship filled book, my favourite kind of book – basically! I loved the museum side of things, I loved the focus on dinosaurs and books, and graphic novels and coffee. It was just a lovely read that eventually left me feeling hopeful and happy. So if you’re looking for an easy and lovable read, you should definitely give this book a go.
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **