THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB
Exposing teens to the Beatles
catalog is never a bad idea.
Eulberg uses it to her advantage,
starting from the novel's title on
down to the main character's
name: Penny Lane. It's cute and
quick reading, albeit predictable,
with an important message: Friend-ships are wonderful and should
never be forsaken.
Penny Lane Bloom is through with boys. After a romance with the love of her life goes sour, she swears off the entire sex and decides to start The Lonely Hearts Club for like-minded high school girls. The club is practically an instant success, and Penny's popularity skyrockets. But she's still got plenty to deal with: Her ex wants her back, a friendship with a childhood friend is rekindled and another friend, Ryan, seems interested in more than just friendship. But as the leader of The Lonely Hearts Club, Penny must stay single and ignore his oh-so-endearing advances. (POINT, Feb., 304 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780545140317, HC, 12 and Up)