Title: The Lonely Hearts Club
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Release Date: December 2009
Published By: Point
Goodreads Rating: 3.89 stars
Review: Penny is sick and tired of boys' jerkish ways and dating, so she decides to start a club, the Lonely Hearts Club, for other girls who feel the same way. Soon, however, the club expands to be much larger than she ever expected, and her fellow club members become almost like her sisters. Except the biggest requirement of the club is to refrain from dating, and there is a certain boy...
My biggest complaint about THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB was that it was overall rather simplistic, both in writing and in plot. The sentence structure wasn't very varied nor interesting, so sometimes it felt a little repetitive to read, and there were some aspects of the plot I just didn't buy. I can't really see so many girls joining such a club, judging from my experience with other girls my age, and the large force it became was just a bit unrealistic.
Despite that, though, I do feel that this book definitely had an interesting plot, which is what made me read it in the first place, and even though it's on the predictable side, that comes with the lighter, chick lit genre. However, there were some great messages about self-esteem, self-confidence, and romance that made it deeper than stereotypical chick lit, and these lessons are certainly important for girls to know.
I do still wish that the writing and story were both a little more complex because it fell short for me in that area, but the plot remained interesting and the book mostly held my attention. THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB was a cute, somewhat fluffy read that had good themes about girl power and confidence, among other things young girls should definitely know. I would recommend this to a middle grade female audience.