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A Hard Day's Night

(The Lonely Hearts Club #1.1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  469 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Penny Lane Bloom, founder of The Lonely Hearts Club, has never loved Halloween. Her dad’s a dentist, so she’s never been allowed much in the way of candy. And forget being a witch or a ghost or a superhero–Penny is always one of the Beatles, along with the rest of her family.

But this year, she’s got the Club, and the support of an amazing group of girls who all have each o
ebook, 38 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Scholastic (first published September 30th 2014)
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Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Very cute. Did the perfect job of making me want to re-read The Lonely Hearts Club and get my hands on We Can Work It Out!

If you're not a fan of the books already, this might be the way to get into Eulberg's writing and her girl-power world. =)
agustina. ♔
Oct 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary
How ironic that when Penny was dressing up as a feminist icon for Halloween she was thinking how much cooler she and her club were for not dating boys than the girls who did.

''(...) Are they really dressing up in a bra and hot pants for themselves? Of course not! It was always for a guy. Or to get attention from a guy.
We were so above that.''

Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it


Even for a few pages it was great to go back and see the LHC in action, and Penny's parents are still the funniest people ever (the Abbey Road pumpkin xDDD).

Plus, (view spoiler)

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Mar 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Kind of neutral about this book. There wasn't enough of the story to really grab my attention, but it wasn't bad either. The ending scene where they scared those guys was funny. ;) I also liked the reference to The Hunger Games -- always fun to have book's mention other books you've read. ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
I don't know if it is just because I am not a big fan of short stories but this one fell flat for me. The cover is deceiving. No real romantic interaction at all. ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Brace yourselves because I am about to talk some shit.

This short story was hideous, from start to finish. I can't believe how hypocritical Penny Lane Bloom can be; this girl is trying to give us a goddamn lecture on feminism for a paragraph and just goes straight to SLUT SHAMING girls in the next one.
"[...]another thing that drove me crazy about Halloween was how some girls used it to dress up in as little clothing as possible. Sexy Nurse, Sexy Teacher, Sexy Nun - notice a theme? Are they really
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Author Elizabeth Eulberg is best known for her romantic young adult contemporary realistic fiction The Lonely Hearts Club published almost five years ago which was full of music, fun and humor. It was the story of Penny Lane Bloom who caught the only guy she ever loved with another girl, and it changed her life, for better or for worse. All guys are unreliable! Yes, that’s right, except the Fab Four - The Beatles. And inspired by one of their songs "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club," she started ...more
David Caldwell
Short story

I saw this short story in my list of free ebooks. It definitely isn't targeted towards someone my age but it looked amusing so I decided to give it a try. It wasn't bad. I am sure it would appeal more to its intended audience though.
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Well that was short.
If you're a fan of Elizabeth Eulberg's Lonely Hearts Club series, check out her series of novellas that capture different holidays in the series. They are not necessary to enjoy The Lonely Hearts Club, but they are like fun extended scenes.

Of the three, A Hard Day's Night is not my favorite. It's the Halloween-centric one, which is my least favorite holiday, but it also has great moments between the girls of the Lonely Hearts Club.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Halloween two months after the founding of the LHC. Fun times.
Holly Letson
I went into reading Elizabeth Eulberg's trio of novellas without having read The Lonely Hearts Club or We Can Work It Out. I was intrigued by their love of all things Beatles. I enjoyed these novellas and would like to read the main books as well.

This was a fun look into Penny's Halloween. Her family is cosplaying The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band for Halloween this year, even though there are only 3 of them to do so. Much as Penny loves this tradition, she cannot wait to get o
Mar 17, 2015 rated it liked it
A Hard Day's Night is a short story by Elizabeth Eulberg, part of The Lonely Hearts Club series. It was a quick, cute story about payback after a Halloween prank is pulled on one of the club's members. I wasn't wowed by it. The length is quite short, (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I was introduced to Elizabeth Eulberg with Prom and Prejudice, and then her book, The Lonely Heart's Club. I enjoyed both immensely and was thrilled to hear recently that The Lonely Heart's Club is getting a sequel. Even more exciting was finding out about several short stories recently released with our girls from The Lonely Heart's Club.

This was a fun short story about Halloween and the girls dressing up. Penny's family is very big into the Beatles and dress up as the Beatles every year, which
Princess Bookie
May 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: a-net-g, read2015
My Thoughts: What a cute little novella.

We are back with Penny and her group of friends from The Lonely Hearts Club. This is just a short little novella. Its about what happens to the gang on Halloween. Just a little scene on what goes on and what they dress up as and how they scare each other.

I really love Penny and her friends. I can’t wait to read the other novellas and get to the actual second book in the series.

Overall: This was about 35 pages long so it was very short. I liked this littl
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Loved the Lonely Hearts Club and went straight into this. Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I was just excited. It started out fun with the description of the girls' costume choices, but quickly became too mean spirited. I understand parts of LHC were like that, too, but the locker room scene was a little much. I have a beloved stuffed bear and that's just crossing the line. Add that to the smashed pumpkins vandalism, scare tactics, girl cattiness, and threats of violence, and it just wasn't ...more
I was so excited about reading these short stories before the sequel because I thought they'd be stories taking place years after The Lonely Hearts Club finished but they're stories (at least the first one) happening while the book's taking place and honestly, I read the book so many years ago I could only remember who Penny and Ryan were. I've no idea about the rest of the characters and so this first short story bored me.
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
This little novella is set around chapter 27 of The Lonely Hearts Club.

It was fun to see the girls friendship again and how strong it had grown. Of course there's still certain single minded view at boys and relationship with boys because Penny hasn't yet admitted to herself that each relationship and person is completly different and she should take another chance at love.

Overall, it's good to have the Club back together.
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
Great story.
After some debacelous (<- that’s not really a word, is it) reads it was such a delight to see that there are still stories published for young readers that feature something else than horny teens.

Yeah, the girls are boy crazy, but I love how Elizabeth manages to both have her characters be boy crazy and still remain being, likeable, headstrong, independent women - ermm, girls.
Liza Wiemer
Anything Elizabeth Eulberg writes, I will read!

I loved this novella. A wonderful addition to the LONELY HEARTS CLUB series, and perfect for all of us who are excited for WE CAN WORK IT OUT!

This takes place during Halloween. I love how Elizabeth chose strong female role models for the girls to wear! Sends the perfect message. This was a treat. xx
Feb 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Very short. Barely includes Ryan -- who is my favorite character. Not sure why he's on the "cover." The ebook (enovella?) was free, so why not? It's worth the read to see Penny and her friends having Halloween fun. ...more
Jenny T.
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is a Halloween themed short story featuring teen Penny Lane Bloom who comes from a Beatles obsessed family. Cute characters with the most important theme from this read was how girls should stick up for each other.
Read InAGarden
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
First of the three shorts for the Lonely Hearts Club. Even though it is listed as 1.1 it falls during book one. It is a story about Halloween night and how Penny and her friends get revenge after her family has a pumpkin destroyed.
Niki GB
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is so fucking awesome, I can't stop reading it until I finish it. ...more
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
The only thing on this cover that's related to this story was the pumpkin :D ...more
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-works
It was really funny and all seriously, but what I liked the most was the first chapter of We Can Work It Out. I WAS JUST SO EXCITED TO READ IT. And it was definitely great!
Oct 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a cute Halloween story, but it was kinda babyish. Still cute :)
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love the idea of releasing these little mini stories to lead up to the next book but personally my favorite part is the chapter at the end from the next book! Can't wait until January!!! ...more
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-english
Maybe because I read this in english it wasnt too funny for me, just okey. Still im gonna keep reading, can´t miss it!!
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Such a cute, Halloween-y short story!
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The short and sweet version:
Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to college at Syracuse University and making a career in the New York City book biz. Now a full-time writer, she is the author of The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom & Prejudice, Take a Bow, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Better Off Friends, We Can Work it Out, Just Another Girl, Past Perfec

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