The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows: no more. It’s a personal choice. . .and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born: The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her nondating ways . . . which is too bad, because there’s this certain boy she can’t help but like. . . .

Wow what a great first book by Elizabeth Eulberg. The Lonely Hearts Club was a book I didn’t want to put down. From the very first page I was hooked. Loved her writing style.

There is plenty of talk about sex. However it’s not graphic. In fact here is an example:

We kissed. Then we kissed and kissed. Then we kissed some more. But soon that wasn’t enough. Soon hands started wandering, clothes started coming off… No matter what I gave him, he wanted more. And I was fighting it. Everything we did turned into a constant struggle over how far I’d go.

Penny decides to go all the way. It appears she would have if she not walked in on Nate with another girl. Just a dozen pages into the book she is heartbroken and swears off boys. Thus the Lonely Hearts Club is born.

What follows is a great book with really likable characters. Such a fun read I didn’t want to put the book down. The overall message of the book was to stand up for yourself & don’t change for others. To be supportive of your friends and stick together. To not date anyone who doesn’t treat you well.

Content: This is not a clean read. There is plenty of mild language scatter throughout the book the most often used being a** and the Lord’s name in vain. Sex is mentioned plenty of times but it’s not graphic or glorified. This is a hard book to rate and pick an appropriate age. Since I’m one of those wait until marriage kind of people it’s hard to recommend the book to young adults. However it has a great message and could lead to some great discussions with a daughter. I guess a lot would depend on the individual in the case of this book as to what age. Personally I wouldn’t want my daughter reading it until she was at least 16 but if the need was there for some frank discussions about boys, dating, sex, friend, etc. then it would be appropriate for someone younger.

Rating: I won’t give a young adult book 5 stars if it contains unnecessary sex or language. This could have easily been a 5 star book because I didn’t want to put it down but I have to minus 1 star for content = 4 star book.