on June 7, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
The Museum of Heartbreak piqued my interest as soon as I read the description. Then all the glowing reviews started popping up and I knew I had to read it. The book was cute and entertaining, but maybe not as great as I had hoped.
The premise was fun, but nothing about the book knocked my socks off. The characters were all slightly annoying and Penelope came across and a little dumb at times. I liked Eph and Audrey. Keats was an asshole from the start and it annoyed me that it took Pen so long to realize it.
This is starting to sound a bit more negative than I intended. I did like the book! There were lots of funny parts and a few laugh out loud moments. While the love story angle was predictable, it was still interesting. The Museum of Heartbreak kept was a fast read and I enjoyed it. I just wish I would’ve liked the characters more. This book has a ton of fabulous reviews, so please don’t like my review put you off. This would be a great addition to any beach bag!
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