The Museum of Heartbreak
Release date: June 7th 2016
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.
I was really excited to read this book. The cover really caught my eye and I immediately wanted to know the story behind this grouping of objects. I got exactly what I was expecting from it: a book full of characters I really liked, relationships dynamics that were interesting and fun to read, and a story that was both bittersweet and hopeful about growing up and having relationships change around you.
Pen was a character who I found easy to get into her head and understand her. She was an easy voice and POV to get into. She was comfortable with her two best friends, her crush, and the way everything was so when it started changing, it was a little terrifying and upsetting. She actually reminded me of a few girls I went to high school with. Her relationships with her friends were easy but starting to get complicated as they met new people and developed new interests that maybe didn’t coincide with what the other two liked. I loved that navigating through these new things wasn’t easy, it was messy and they fought and they talked and they had to realize that things and people change.
It was such a quick read, not only because it was short, but because I didn’t want to put it down. i was really enjoying the whole thing and I wanted to know if Pen would stay friends with Audrey, if she would discover what Eph was hiding, if her and Cherisse would dislike each other forever or if they’d find some kind of understanding. I enjoyed how well the writing flowed, the humour that was injected into it, and all of it made me excited to see what Meg Leder does next.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.