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The Museum of Intangible Things

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  4,682 ratings  ·  572 reviews
Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything—their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives—behind them. Tragedy.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 10th 2014 by Razorbill (first published February 18th 2014)
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Hannah Absolutely, yes. It focuses on their friendship, but more than that it focuses on living your life in a beautiful way. The friendship is important, bu…moreAbsolutely, yes. It focuses on their friendship, but more than that it focuses on living your life in a beautiful way. The friendship is important, but is mostly used as a voice for the story. It's not the theme as much as you would think.(less)

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Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
This was just so bizarre.

The hipster in me is incredibly drawn to this cover. I want it.
Well...that was weird.

I know nothing about this book when I first started it out, just that it is some kind of a road trip between two best friends. I guess it would be pretty mean of me not to warn you that this book dwells with the idea of mental illness. It's not a spoiler, I assure you. You'll get the gist of it on the second chapter (I think) so there's no need for you to go all ballistic on me. I thought it would be nice to tell you that so you won't be expecting a light read judging from
Amber  ~ The Reading Addict
Oooh this one looks good. I'm quite excited.
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was ok

Oh, book. Our relationship should have been amazing, but instead I closed you and felt as if maybe I had wasted too much of my life's time trying to understand where you went wrong. But slowly it hit me. I won't lie and say it was me and not you. It really was you.

Dear readers, there be spoilers within, but mild.

After my magical three hours spent reading "The Probability of Miracles" while in a hospital in early January, a time spent as an assistant caretaker for my grandfather dying of terminal
May 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
I picked up this book for purely aesthetic reasons. The title design was unique and the cover made me think it would be a cute summer read about friendship. Hahaha. No. It was depressing and weird and the subplot of romance was equally ridiculous. To call trying to get in someone's pants within like three interactions love made me spend the entirety of this book rolling my eyes. Recommended to no one. ...more
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
I beg of you, please read Wendy Wunder's books. They are beautiful, poignant, and grossly underrated.

This was phenomenal. It touched on so many important topics in the perfect way. The execution of the entire book just blows me away. I HAVE SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS BOOK.
Susane Colasanti
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, evocative story that made me smile on every page. Wendy Wunder is an outstanding writer whose words resonate deeply.
Oh, man. I'm so torn. I would give the first ~120 pages of this book 5 stars for sure. The writing was phenomenal and I loved the characters so, so much. Unfortunately it went downhill for me after that, as soon as the road trip started and I would give the rest of it 2 stars at best.

I just... the road trip, honestly was sloppy writing.

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What a beautiful cover! The story must be great... Oh. Never mind. *Tosses book into the Never Read Again Pile*

I'm sorry. I don't want to sound mean but this book was so boring and uninspiring that I skipped pages just to be done with it.

Why in blazes did I even read it to begin with? Because I like pretty looking things and I was blinded by the appearance of the book. I'm only human. Anyway, Zoe's BPD was supposed to appeal to me but she just annoyed the heck out of me. Then Zoe's flat person
Gray Cox
Very bland, and that romance was the most boring thing ever... I can't even remember Hannah's boyfriend's name, tbh. ...more
May 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
1.5 Stars


Bleh. This book was bleh. I'm so happy that it's finally over after struggling through it for a few days.

The Museum of Intangible Things centers on two girls that are best friends, Zoe and Hannah. Now as teenagers, Zoe is itching to leave their small town and explore. What follows is a long road trip where Zoe hopes to bring Hannah out of her shell and learn to be more outgoing and big. Things like
Star Crowned Book Throne
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
What started off so well took a turn for the worst.

Something about this book attracted me to it - I don’t know what it was because I’m not usually for the busy, ribbony, all full covers, but maybe it was the promise for something entrancing that did the trick. I thought this book was going to be a light, fun contemporary but I soon realised that according to the summary I was mistaken. Starting, I expected an emotional heart-wrenching reads. I guess it just shows: you can't always trust summar
Lexi Wright
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, reviewed
This isn’t just a road-trip book. Or a novel about mental illness. Or an exploration of first love or damaged families or the lust for a bigger, more important existence. But Wunder (The Probability of Miracles, 2011) expertly weaves all these timeless elements into a crisp, beautifully crafted story of adventure, love, and the limits of friendship. Dependable Hannah and unpredictable Zoe have spent their entire childhood taking care of one another. The Museum of Intangible Things follows them a ...more
Jen (Pop! Goes The Reader)
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“I am a freshwater girl. I live on the lake, and in New Jersey, that’s rare. The girls on the other side of town have swimming pools, and the girls in the south have the seashore. Other girls are dry, breezy, salty, and bleached. I, on the other hand, am dark, grounded, heavy, and wet. Fed by springs, tangled in soft fernlike seaweed, I am closer to the earth. Saturated to the bone. I know it, and so do the freshwa
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it

Oh. This was good. This knew right where to burrow its pincers and plant that seedling. If that even works that way.

Ten letter word for incorporeal, evanescent, imponderable, unsure.

This weed that is growing is deep in my nethers. It hurts. It reminds me that something is missing, something/one that is far away, evasive. That what I consider is true love. True: “You choose your truth and then you build your life around it.” Love: “Greater love has no man than this: to lay down his life for his
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was very weird. Not a typical happy road trip. It tackles issues such as mental illnesses. I was often uncomfortable with the writing style but I have to say this book was emotional. The ended made my heart pound like crazy and I almost teared up. Don't pick it up expecting a light hearted fun road trip read

Actual review:

I had really high hopes for The Museum of Intangible Things because I loved Wendy Wunder's previous novel, The Probability of Miracles. First of all, she is b
Alexandra Christo
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp, girl-power

This is a story about a truly devoted friendship. In a way, I suppose that makes it a love story; one which shows the rocky nature of such relationships, but also the unflinchingly loyalty that comes with finding a friend you know will be in your life forever.

This book is Zoe's journey, but told from Hannah's point of view. We watch with Hannah as her friend's mental state slowly deteriorates, and worry alongside her as Zoe gets more and more erratic. Yet, we also smile and laugh while these two
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it

Wow. I went into this expecting a light and fluffy road trip novel, but I got so much more - it was a real emotional roller coaster with loads of ups and downs, great characters and just the right amount of happy times and tragedy.
Cass -  Words on Paper
Jun 21, 2013 marked it as top-wishlist
Shelves: 2014-release

And also, the synopsis really draws you in. Road trip! <3
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If I could give more stars to this book i would give it 10! Its been time since I dont read a book so amazing like this. Its beautiful, and sad and everything!
That beautiful cover is misleading. It screams a perfect summer read about friendship and roadtrip.

But it's not. Just a little bit.

It turns out to be sad! My friend Martha and I were looking for something light and cheerful to match the holiday season and for me to get out of my sequels reading slump. And since we both have guilty pleasures towards road trip books, I was expecting to read about it, maybe not immediately, but soon after the first few chapters. But it only began at the 40% mark.

Alice &#x1f319;
5/5 ⭐️
Wow. This book was actually really really good and I learned a few lessons myself while reading it. It was a bit young for me, but still it was a highly enjoyed book.
Hessa Issa
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it

When I was halfway through the book, I got asked how I would rate it on a scale of 1 to 10 and I said that so far I would give it a 6.5 or 7, and that depending on the ending it may become an 8.

I know!

Because now if I was asked that question, I would go so far as to say 10! Or even 10.5!

If you’re thinking (which you probably are not) that the main reason I liked this book so much is that those are very stressful (final/submission) times & that I just happened to find the great escape for one

My Summary: Zoe and Hannah have been best friends since third grade. They've seen each other's ups, downs, and shared every moment together. Hannah dreams of attending a college where her high IQ will be good for something, and Zoe wants to attend fashion design school in New York. Both girls know that there is absolutely no chance of either of them making it out of their backwards hick town, but as long as they have each other they know it won't be all bad.

But as Zoe begins to lose touch with r
Sara Grochowski
Hannah and Zoe haven't been given much in life, except each other, and they don't have anything particularly wonderful waiting in their future. Unless you count enrolling at the local community college, which they don't. The only worthwhile tie the girls have to the New Jersey town they grew is Zoe's autistic brother, who relies on Zoe and Hannah to help him navigate the world and all the intangible things within it he struggles to understand. After climbing out of a dark depression, Zoe bounds ...more
Paula M
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition


"There is no stronger bond than the one that gets you through childhood. This is our story."

Well, it's nice to read something that focuses on the friendship more than the romance. But this didn't really came up to my expectations.

Yes, it's about two inseparable friends. Yes, it's about a roadtrip. But no, this is not a light read. It deals with mental issues (Zoe is bipolar and this is not a spoiler!) I guess, what I'm trying to say is that.. the cutie cover is a little misleading.

Jan 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is the most pretentious book I have ever read in my life. Every other line is pseudo deep over explaining.
Also the mentally ill girl exits as nothing but a manic pixie dream girl that's teaching her boring friend how to live.
The romance was creepy and a guy who acts like that about his girlfriend/ex girlfriend is not who you want to date.
Very tell not show. Lots of pointless explanation and description. Dialogue sounds forced because it's used to explain the author's philosophy.
This is
Nicole Alycia
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness the feels.
This book was amazing. It kinda reminded me of something John Green would write... Or All the Bright Places.
It will make you laugh, make you cry, make you take a step back and really think about life. It teaches you about life, about yourself, and about the things people go through. It gives you hope and breaks your heart and takes things to a whole new level.
I was absolutely blown away by this book.
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, own, 2014
3.5-4 stars.

This was not at all what I was expecting. I'm not sure what I was expecting. But I'm 780% sure I'm now having some sort of quarter life crisis. I don't know how that relates to this book, but I'll just leave this here.
Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it
To be quite honest, I picked this up only on the basis of the cover.
The story does live up to the awesomeness of the cover but, comes with a predictable ending.
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When not spending time with her family, Wendy teaches yoga around Boston and writing at Grub Street. Her first story was published in The Gettysburg Review. The Probability of Miracles is her first novel.

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