The Museum of Heartbreak

The Museum of Heartbreak Book Cover The Museum of Heartbreak
Meg Leder
Simon and Schuster
June 7, 2016
288

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 "

 

Review:

“The Museum of Heartbreak” is the sort of YA book that takes me right back to my high school years.  I was literally going through all of the emotions Penelope was feeling while reflecting on my own memories.

The format is a fun way to get to know the life of Penelope and her friends.  Each chapter contains a different item from the “museum catalogue” and revolves around the story behind it that helped shape where she is at the moment.  Some of them are flashbacks to elementary school and others are recent events.  It was a clever plot device and made me think about the small mementos I’ve accumulated over the years.  (To the young adults: This habit doesn’t stop when you get old and is perfectly fine.  Just don’t become a hoarder.)

There are all sorts of heartbreaks covered, but the one that resonated most for me was that of  growing up.  Everyone matures in different ways at different paces, and it really hurts to be the one who feels left behind during it all.  It was a good lesson to be able to see from the outside that maturing at a different speed isn’t a bad thing and there is no need to rush.

“The Museum of Heartbreak” is a book I can recommend for any young adult or adult who enjoys contemporary YA.  The pacing was fast and the dialogue realistic.  It will make for a perfect summer read or provide an escape from the real world.

This unbiased honest review is based upon a complimentary copy.

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