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.
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The Museum of Heartbreaks is one of my most anticipated reads for this year. I instantly fell in love with the cover because it’s totally beautiful.
Meg Leder’s writing style is catchy, simple yet it expresses a lot of emotions. Penelope’s emotions and thoughts are very easy to pick up. She’s a true romantic, she likes that “sweep-me-off-my-feet” kind of romance. While I do admit that it’s a bit adorable, it seems Pen’s a little too much of that. She is a bookworm though, and I love how she collects those things that ended up in the “Museum” because I love collecting things as well. ALSO SHE LOVES TWIN PEAKS!! The other characters are interesting somehow but I think they fell a little flat for me.
“Pen, here’s the thing: I fucking love you,” he said.
The beautiful words hurtled towards me with the momentum of a meteorite, fierce and terrible and un-take-back-able.
It seems that most of characters were written as a plot-device, thus they ended up flat. I like Eph though, he’s kind of the guy I want to hang out with. I don’t know if him being pretty bad at expressing his emotions can be considered good for the story. I just don’t know. Good thing that he’s a really good guy but sometimes he tends to be a bit passive. I feel the same way about Keats, Audrey and Pen’s other friends like Grace.
The plot might be a little cliche but I liked it and it has interesting points. The tropes presented in the book are typical but it did not take away the joy of reading the story. Although yeah, I have to admit there were times where I want to whack Penelope, or Eph, or Keats’s head.
Sometimes you get hurt. And sometimes you’re the one doing the hurting.
To be honest, it’s really hard for me to write this review because I feel like the book is a balance between great and meh. There are times when I really felt the story but also felt detached to it. I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t gush or swoon hard but it’s a fun read though, and a quick one as well.
I think the book is a great read for contemporary romance lovers.
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