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The Lonely Hearts Club

(The Lonely Hearts Club #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  25,555 ratings  ·  2,285 reviews
Love is all you need... or is it? Penny's about to find out in this wonderful debut.

Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows: no more. It's a personal choice. . .and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born: The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known fo
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Point
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
"Oh, really?" Rosanna rolled her eyes dramatically, "How convenient that you decide to change the rules after you go on a date with the hottest guy in school! Maybe it shouldn't be called the Lonely Hearts Club -- maybe you should call it the Rules Will Change When Convenient For Penny Club!"
In the ancient Greek comedy, Lysistrata, fed up with all the warmongering, the women of Greece to withhold sex in a revolt to try to end the Peloponnesian War. If those intrepid women's mission to give u
Claudia Ramírez
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
3.5 stars.

It was really cute and I enjoyed it, but I found it very predictable. I think my 15-year-old-self would have loved it, but almost ten years have passed since I was that age, so... hahaha.

Anyway, I'll definitely read the second part "We can work it out", expecting a light and bubbly read, as this one was :).
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Yes, it was girly.
Yes, it was mushy.
Yes, it was predictable at times.

But seriously, how can you not love a book that gives so much lovin' to the Beatles?!?!? The main character's name is Penny Lane. Every chapter is a different Beatles song, and also a lyric from that song. There are countless Beatles references. Penny Lane makes a mixed CD for the guy she's digging and it's a Beatles mix. Penny and Ryan go to a Beatles tribute band concert. The cover of the book is a spin of the Beatles Abbey
I can't deal with vapid, insensitive and selfish girls like this. Sure they're immature 16/17 year olds, but I just can't deal with the plot in this book. It is not as cute and fluffy as the title makes out. I would think a Lonely Hearts Club would just be a nice little club of people who'd been heartbroken and need someone to talk to, but no, it's a group of gossipy, vain girls who have sworn off dating after a few guys were rotten to them, thus labelling all guys as pigs, morons etc.

What was
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I wondered if it would've been too subtle to wear a T-shirt that said thank you for your interest, but I am no longer dating.

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg is a fun, fast, light YA contemporary romance that I finished in one sitting. The writing is engaging as are the characters in this story, and I was immediately drawn into this book from page one.

Penny Lane is tainted when it comes to guys. She’s just been cheated on by her long time love Nate, and as she reflects on all her pas
Aug 03, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 bumped up from 2.5

The only reason I bumped this one up is because of the musical aspect of the book. I thought it was interesting and it was something that I had not read a lot of. So... this book got wonderful reviews. Why were you, Sita going to give it a mere 2.5. Well I will tell you why. I will tell you why in the form of a song, no a list. Because the book has enough songs in it.

(1) Annoying main character, that is all - annoying like, no other word to describe it.
(2) The concept was g
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
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Kate Chien
So, one of my friends recommended this for me and, I must say, I was a little skeptical. It is so different from what I usually read. I mean, no magic, science fiction, time travel, historical fiction, etc. It is a completely realistic. But, she was so insistent that I promised I would read it.

I couldn't have been more wrong. This book was so amazing. I read it in one day. I love the Beatles, but I don't know nearly as much about them as I should. I really loved all the references to them. One
Warning: This book got a recommendation from Stephanie Meyer.

Actually this book gets bigger problems than having the honor to be recommended by Stephanie Meyer (Can anything else be more like a Kiss of Death for a self respecting author?) I am going to mention a few reasons why I can't enjoy The Lonely Hearts Club like I did Eulberg's other book: Prom and Prejudice.

But first let's get to the good parts: I like how Penny Lane's friends manage to gain some maturity as the story progresses---but s
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Feb 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: a-z-challenge
I'm sorry but this book is bad. Just because it comes from a place where the idea is cute, doesn't mean the author wrote it well. As soon as I read "What to the Evs" I knew I was in for it. The cover is cute and the idea of a Lonely Hearts Club is cute, but the Beatle references were bad. They were so forced. I get that she grew up on the The Beatles, but she acted like that was the only music she could ever stand to listen to. I doubt a teenager is going to be like that, especially if their par ...more
One word - Awh!

The Lonely Hearts Club was just what I needed. Sure, it wasn't the most amazing book I've read in terms of action and plot complexity - perhaps not my usual type for a 5 star rating, but it was just... I don't know, all I know is loved it.

It was filled with laugh-out-loud moments, the characters were witty and so easy to love (go Tracy!), and i found the emotions to be very relatable. It had a great message for younger and older girls alike, about loving who you are and not chang
Brittany S.
Initial Impressions 6/14/17 and full review as originally posted HERE on The Book Addict's Guide 8/21/17: This book was very cute! I’ve really enjoyed all of Elizabeth Eulberg’s books, some more than others, so I knew I would enjoy THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB pretty much no matter what! It turned out not to be my favorite of Elizabeth Eulberg’s, since I think she’s had some deeper stories and cuter romances, but she just has such a fun voice that makes her books so easy to read!

I loved the Girl Power
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, novel
I loved every bit of this book! I didn't even realize that I was about to finish it!

First, I so love the main character, Penny Lane. She's just a typical high school girl going on a typical high school life. She wasn't special or anything. Just ordinary. But then made an extraordinary leap in her life by starting up a club, the 'Lonely Hearts Club.' She was actually inspired by the bunch of guys who didn't treat her well, especially her supposed 'man of her dreams.'

At first the club was just ab
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Cute but unrealistic. Rtc.
Adriana Romero
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I really like it but i like more
Better of friends maybe the reason is that
It remind me when harry meets sally but was really fun i cant wait to read the Next one
Laura Martinelli
This is one of those cases where I like the idea of the book in general, but once I sit down and read it, the course bugs me. A lot. I enjoyed parts of it, but the characterization and plotting are too problematic to ignore.

For the baby step that the premise takes forward—high school girls taking the time to reevaluate and spend on themselves instead of getting and keeping boyfriends; I can swing with this—it takes two humongous steps back past where we started. Every girl in this book ends up b
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemp, 2010, ya
At some pivotal moment in their life, every teenage girl will come to the point where she will become fed up with boys and their typical immature shenanigans. Some might even go so far as to completely swear off the male sex for a certain period of time. A very few others will possibly not only stop dating boys, but they will encourage all their friends to do so and will then create a club where they can celebrate their self-induced single-ness with other like-minded females. Our hero, Penny Lan ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
I read this about a year ago, so I don't remember too many details and honestly, this book does not stay with you. I expected a light, fun--even pointless--read, but this book is just trash. Horrible. The writing is decent; the plot is predictable, bland, EXTREMELY CHEESY, and TRES CORNY. It takes a lot of cheesiness in a novel to make me dislike it because I actually like cheesy and corny.

The biggest issue I have with this book besides its cheese is ANNOYANCE. Oh golly, was I annoyed! Two reaso
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, lib
The Lonely Hearts Club is a really cute and sweet story about what one girl did when the love of her life and childhood sweetheart burned her in a way that she swore off men and decided to start her very own club.
Soon as her friends get there own share of heartache decide to join as well, leading a theme of strong girl power as they are set out to prove that they don't need a guy to have fun.
So what happens when the right guy comes along and makes your heart want to trust again?
Lonely seems to t
Nov 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
probably more like 3.5 stars I'M SO CONFLICTED ABOUT THIS THO it was such a great concept with a lot of potential but it could have been a lot better. penny annoyed me to no end (and many other characters too) and they were all very immature at times. it did have some great girl power moments tho and i liked the friendships between the members of the club. it also got a bit better towards the end, as the characters started to develop more and more ...more
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Finally done. The last quarter of the book was okay but overall I was so annoyed by pretty much all of the characters. I could not connect to them at all, which I guess is because I'm so much older than them, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have identified with them at age 15-16 either. Jfc, grow up, please. There's more to life than boys. ...more
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Nov 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It's been a while since I read a book in one sitting. I'd forgotten what it was like, to completely immerse yourself into it and fall just a little bit in love.

Penny Lane is just your typical teenager... well, if you don't count her parents' religious obsession with the Beatles. Oddly enough, I can relate to that particular aspect, being an ABBA kid myself. When she finds her childhood friend turned boyfriend with another girl, though, she decides to rethink her position on dating and boys, and
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
You know how the term ‘feel-good’ is applied to certain movies? I don’t know how often it’s used to describe books, but if any book were to fit the definition, it would be The Lonely Hearts Club. This is totally a feel-good book. I had a smile on my face almost the entire time I was reading it, laughed out loud in a few places and may have even punched the air once or twice. Mostly because of the…

Female empowerment and solidarity! Woo-hoo! It was so great to read a book that promotes and celebr
- Have you ever had a disastrous almost relationship?
- Do you have resentful feelings towards boys?
- Are you looking to feel empowered by inspirational women?

Then this book is for you!

A light, pretty predictable read - bonus points for the creative idea and wit, though.

Angry and heartbroken Penny Lane swears off boys and starts 'The Lonely Hearts Club' (she's a Beatles fan) after her sort-of childhood boyfriend Nate pressures her for sex and cheats on her. Her best friends and a many other boy-
Mar 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Most of the time these "High School" genre books blur into one big mass of lip gloss and "whatevers." This one, stands apart....a little. There is at least an attempt to depart from the usual plot, although, you do end up at the same place as all the others. What I thought was interesting about this one was my realization from it. That I truly am a social misfit. In the beginning, as Penny is swearing off men for good, and glorifying in the simplicity of her new life, I found myself nodding my h ...more
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It was girly.
It was mushy.
It was predictable.

There are so many reasons why this was bad.
Jenna J
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jan 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011-read
The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
1 star out of 5

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Penny Lane, so named, by her Beatle crazed parents, after the song. Pen has been fantasying about the same boy since, well forever. Nate is the son of a family friend and they grew up together. They even walked down the aisle together at a cousins wedding, cute picture. Nate turns out to be a jerk, though, as he cheats on her soon after they are a couple. Pen is devasta
Steph Su
Jul 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Elizabeth Eulberg’s debut novel THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB is undeniably fluff—but it’s the best kind of fluff, with a likable and realistic protagonist, a predictable yet sweet romance, and an avoidance of typical fluff gender stereotypes.

Penny’s character was deep, no-nonsense, and thus extremely enjoyable. Unlike the typical protagonist in this genre of YA, Penny is happily free of the tendency to obsess over boys or freak out over every little mishap. In fact, the very concept of this novel made
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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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