About the book:
Title: The Museum of Heartbreak
Author: Meg Leder
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult
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.
Source: Public library
How I Found Out About It: Goodreads
I had seen many ARC reviews of this book, some despising it and some loving it, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The cover is absolutely stunning, making me much more eager to pick it up. I’m just going to say that even though I did like this book, it didn’t woo me (at all).
The Museum of Heartbreak is about a teenage girl named Penelope. Recently, her heart has been broken a lot, mostly by break ups, friendship crisises, and family problems. There is a new dreamy guy in school named Keats, and all Penelope really wants is to snatch him up. So when she gets invited to his party, she can’t be more excited! Except here is the start to a whole lot of heartbreak…
I honestly had a hard time connecting with some of the characters. Penelope, though like most teenage girls she experiences heartbreak at some point, was a tiny bit relatable. Not really to my life, but I can see how her character would benefit in others’. I found her to be pretty whiny, and she never seemed satisfied with herself and others. She always seemed to want what she didn’t have, making her a tad selfish. That, my friends, is not a good way of being! There are too many female leads in YA that are like her, so Penelope just blends into the crowd.
Keats- why did Penelope even go after him in the first place? I didn’t like him at all. I could tell from the beginning that he wasn’t a very agreeable character, and somewhat iffy as well. Again, here we have another YA male love interest who is secretive and rude. Probably >75% of YA romance books I’ve read have these types of guys, which can get quite annoying. The romance was kind of cute, though, I’ll give you that!
Even though I disliked Keats, I thought that Penelope’s guy best friend, Eph, was amazing! (Ugh, I so want to spoil and rave about some stuff here, but I don’t want to ruin it for others!) He really seemed to care about Penelope, and help her whenever she needed it. Despite there being some conflict between the two, I just thought that he was a very loyal and trustworthy friend with a great listening ear. People like him are your friends forever, and I’m so glad he was in the book, supporting Penelope! He spiced things up a whole lot.
The writing style of this book was unique and fun, but again, it didn’t blow me away. I also expected there to be more mentions about the museum, but that didn’t come up until WAY later. Besides the fact of the museum of heartbreak, this is a cliche, normal YA contemporary romance, and I’m sure you’ve read a ton of books just like it.
If you don’t read YA contemporary very often, I’m sure you’ll love this one if you tried it, but if you do… maybe skip this book. It’s honestly nothing too special; with too many overused tropes and tales. There are many other fish in the sea, but too many like this one! But still, out of all those fish will be one that is much more original.
Rating: 3.25/5 Stars