Hi Everyone! It’s Becky. I was a big fan of Meg Leder’s Letting Go of Gravity (check out my review here) and I was excited when I got an ARC of her book The Museum of Heartbreak at a work event a couple of years ago. I finally got a chance to read it and I was not disappointed.
Title: The Museum of Heartbreak
Author: Meg Leder
Summary: Penelope Marx has a lot going on right now. She is still trying to accept that her best friend Audrey has a new friend, she is trying to figure out her feelings for her other best friends Ephraim, and she trying to deal with the fact that she is drawn to Keats the new boy in school who may be her perfect match. Can Penelope untangle her complicated life in time to find happiness?
Review: I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book but what I found was a nice little book about growing up that provides the perfect amount of escapism. Penelope was a great YA heroine, she is dreamy and just searching for her place in her in the world. She wants love and she thinks she knows the type of boy who should be the object of her affection but she just has to find him. Her journey perfectly illustrates the twisted path you must take into adulthood. Plus, Leder gets extra credit for creating a delightful maybe romantic lead in Ephraim. He is moody and a little dark but also just so sweet and so good to Penelope. In contrast, Keats is the perfect love to hate love interest. I know that guy, the one with a Jack Kerouac obsession and moodiness and I hate that guy but he is also has a weird draw about him. Penelope’s journey from the wrong guy to the right one is filled with just the right moments that made it realistic but also fully engrossing. This is a book about growing up and about questioning where you are going and who will be by your side when you get there and it is just kind of fun to read.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5