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The Lonely Hearts Club

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  21 reviews
From the beloved author of Scot On The Rocks and Jack With A Twist comes a new novel about just what it means to follow the music of your own heart.

Jo Waldman lives life to her own soundtrack—working for her father by day while pursuing her music career in NYC’s downtown clubs at night. Music is her passion, along with her boyfriend, Jesse, who shares her dreams of making
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Published May 6th 2014 by Polis Books
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MB (What she read)
Lazy spoiled rich girls who fail to launch are about my least favorite type of protagonist.
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galley
Jo Waldman is a spoiled young woman that just had her hearth broken. After one night of drinking, she wakes up and finds out that she went online, and wrote a lot of stuff about what she really thought about love and how she had her heart broken. What she didn’t know was that thousands of people started to answer to her blog entry and, the start a new online sensation: The Lonely Hearts Club
I loved the writing and I loved Jo, she wasn’t so strong like she wanted to be, but I thought that’s what
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
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Jo is a daughter who has received quite a bit of help from her parents and at the time where the story begins her father is ready to cut the strings and have her try to live on her own. At the same time she has a boyfriend who wants other things in life - namely not her and her job situation is quite poor, so Jo must work on all areas in this book and hopefully come out on top!

First, I love that love wasn't the only speed bump in Jo's road of life -
Mrs Mommy Booknerd

Wow, just WOW. Janowitz writes what a breakup feels like at the core...the pain, the sadness and the disbelief. But she does so with a main female character that is both strong and weak, determined and disheartened, wonderful and flawed. Janowitz captured ans fleshed out a great lead that did not need to be a damsel in distress, but a woman out to turn things around on her own accord. Rock on Janowitz, rock on!!!! 5 stars
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
When Brenda Janowitz sent me an emailing, eniquiring whether I would like to review her new book The Lonely Hearts Club, I was quite thrilled. I’ve not read any of Janowitz’s previous books (a big error, I now admit, as she’s a super talented writer – I think I may have to buy her other three novels) so this was to be the first taste of her writing I would get, and I loved the sound of the book. I love books set around the music-industry. I’m not a mega music fan, I listen to music on the bus jo ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I'm usually not one to fall for a story in which music plays a big part. It's not that I don't enjoy music; I just can't relate to it the way the characters do, so I can't always get into the story. This one I made an exception for, though, since the whole online mistake was mortifying, hilarious, and definitely an interesting twist.

With a few too many drinks under her belt, Jo decides to vent her frustrations in writing. But the writing she does is on a blog, and while she doesn't mean to publi
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review Originally Posted:Traveling With T

This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair review.

The Lonely Hearts Club

To Jo Waldman, music is life. Music is what makes getting up in the morning worth it. A life without music might as well be death. Jo knows how close she’s come to success- at one point, she had a band called The Lonely Hearts Club and they were *thisclose* to breaking into big time…. until they didn’t.

Jo keeps on hoping, keeps on working her music; though- because
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have to admit, I didn't read the synopsis before getting into this one out of fear that it would spoil the book for me. I read it after finishing the story and I realize it was good I steered away because it does give away some factors of the plot. Anyhoo, from the cover, I deemed The Lonely Hearts Club to be about a girl trying to make it in music, more specifically as an indie rocker who refuses to conform or sellout. I wasn't far off, but there were certainly a lot more offered in the story ...more
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars.

Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

The Lonely Hearts Club, a new NA novel from Brenda Janowitz, really kicks into gear when the main character, Jo, blogs about how love is a total sham. Her boyfriend has just broken up with her after she’s loaned him money and let him live in her dad’s loft for free. (Truth: she’s living there for free too.) And she’s pissed off. So she does what any person would do after drinking solo on a Valentine’s Day and telling off the manager of
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of the morals of this story is “Don’t drink and blog--unless you want to turn your life around”. First Jo Waldman gets fired--by her own father. Then “dear old dad” takes both her car and her downtown Manhattan apartment away--until she can afford them with her own money. Last, but definitely not least, Jo’s boyfriend dumps her. In a drunken rage she puts up a blog post on her old band’s website, letting her hatred of all things related to “love” spill out all over the internet, not just the ...more
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-na
Based on her first two books, I wasn't expecting this to be quite such a 'new adults' category book. I did find myself resenting the heroine for having everything a bit too easy in life. Even her worst times are fairly easy in that luck finds her, money finds her, fame finds her, love funds her nearly instantly and far more easily than it does for most people. On the other hand, it's a sweet book and I loved the ending. Definitely two of the best parents I've seen in fiction in years, dorky, emb ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This is such a wonderful book for young adults to read. There is a little bit of boy drama, but the focus is on girl friends. I really like how the girls in this book put their friends before boys.

The theme in this book of not changing for other people - friends or boys is awesome! They also discovered what they wanted to do as individuals - not following the crowd. It was such a good example of independent girls supporting each other - not talking behind each others back.

I enjoyed this book an
Cheri Loughlin
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Overall I liked the book. The short chapters titled with song lyrics and song titles weaved the music theme into the story very well. The main character was likable. Her inability to move on from past experiences / tragedies made her story believable, since many of us have experienced something in our lives that freeze us to the moment if only for a little while. The way she rebounds is a little far fetched, but that's the beauty of immersing ourselves into a well written story.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from Giveaway.
My honest unbiased review is as followed.

I loved this book. It was amazing. Funny, real, and full of heart. It shows that even when you lose it all, your significant other, your comfortable life style, that it doesn't have to be the end. You can turn your own fate around. But, with all things in life, it can also be lost. Never take anything, or anyone, for granted.

I recommend this to anyone and everyone ♡♡
Oct 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, hate-read
- 10 stars
What a hot mess of a book- I don't even know where to start. Jo is a spoiled brat who doesn't appreciate how well she actually has it. The angst in this book is so contrived and needless but at the same time weak and ineffective. The characters in this book are so one dimensional and their actions don't make any sense. I didn't care about what happens to any of them. I am so glad I got this book for free from Amazon.
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
A cute, quick read. I just may be getting a little old for chick lit about a fairly aimless 22 year old.
May 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another easy read. A cute story. Again, this would be a good Hallmark movie. Nothing too special but somewhat entertaining.
Judith Clark
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast moving fun read!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Lonely Hearts Club." It's warm. well written and clever, a good spirit lifter! Definitely recommend.
Mary McCarthy
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun and funny book- perfect beach read!
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So adorable. Could totally be a romantic comedy...can we make that happen?
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Brenda is the author of five novels, including THE DINNER PARTY (St. Martin’s April 2016). She is the Books Correspondent for PopSugar. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, Redbook, Bustle, The Forward, the New York Post, Publisher’s Weekly, Hello Giggles, Writer’s Digest Magazine,,, and xojane.

Brenda attended Cornell University an