Friday, October 29, 2010

Review: The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

Publisher: Point

Pages: 290
Source: Personal Copy
Category: Young Adult
Rating: 5/5


Penny Lane was born to Beatles obsessed parents. All her siblings are named after a Beatles song, and anytime Penny shows an interest in the Beatles her parents commend her on exploring her heritage. Yes, her heritage. When Penny forms a new club called 'The Lonely Hearts Club' her parents couldn't be happier. They believe Penny has grasped her roots. Her parents will do anything that Paul McCartney utters, including never eating meat. Penny Lane is just another high school girl, but when her heart is broken by her boyfriend she forms a lonely club. Nathan, a childhood friend cheats on Penny during the summer in her own house. She can't tell her parents because they're best friends with Nathan parents. Penny endures her heartbreak among her friends and becomes the one and only member of her club. Penny opens her eyes, and is sickened by her observations. High school is filed with girls who are constantly fixated on boys. As far as Penny is concerned boys are liars, cheaters and not worth her time. Boys will no longer be a priority in her life, and she decides to never date again while in high school. Her friend Tracy, does not agree with her priorities but she changes her mind over time. Penny is adamant that boys are out of her life. She plans to focus on her female friendships. The club expands quickly and high school becomes an estrogen infused sisterhood. The males are in shock and the girls threaten a revolution. The Club is more than Penny expected, but when she unexpectedly begins to fall for a boy her life becomes a little more difficult...

Overall Impression:

The Lonely Hearts Club is a very positive book for young girls. I loved every minute of reading it. Elizabeth Eulberg did an amazing job creating a story that will encourage many young girls. This book is about identity, friendships and making life decisions. Penny Lane was true to herself, and found great strength in her commitments. This is a wonderful, sweet coming-of-age story. In high school every thing feels dramatic and life-defining, especially a broken heart. I found this book refreshing and I loved the characters, they felt very realistic to me. I loved Penny's parents and I loved the strong bond between Penny and her sisters. This book is a great 'girl-power' book for teens. A fantastic debut!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Review: The Human Bobby by Gabe Rotter

Pages: 289
Source: Publisher
Category: Fiction
Rating: 5/5


Bobby had it all, he lived a life anyone would envy. Upon graduating from med school his best friend Eddie was offered a great opportunity to start a pediatric practice and Eddie recruited Bobby. Together success came easy and rapidly. Eddie was always the untamable friend, Bobby was much more sensible. Bobby watched Eddie date girl after girl. Bobby on the other hand soon married Ava, the girl he fell in love with in College. When the time was right, they welcomed a healthy baby boy and brought him home to a large, beautiful, polished Beverly Hills home. One quick moment, one quick lapse in judgement and Bobby lost everything. He lost his wife, child and best friend. He literally had nothing left. Bobby's life swiftly unravelled through a series of understandable, unpredictable succession of events. Some may say simple mistakes. The successful doctor soon found himself living on the streets in a tent bought by Eddie for a rugged, masculine weekend trip. Bobby slipped in and out of reality. His mental health questionable. His money squandered, and his solace was found in a concoction of pills and alcohol. One man's hiccup turns into a whirlwind downward spiral.

Overall Impression:

One word: Wow. I opened this book and thought nothing of it. I expected his wife and child to perish in a car accident. I thought it would be predictable, and typical. This book was gripping, raw and immensely engrossing. I could not put it down. Bobby's life was torn away, and I sat on the edge of my seat absorbed and astonished. The next time you see a homeless person living on the street you may think twice before you judge them. Gabe Rotter is an amazingly talented writer, and I will be adding his first book 'Duck, Duck Wally' to my wishlist. I was invested in every character, I loved them and disliked them all equally. Each of them had their very human flaws.There is only one innocent character, baby Jack. If your significant other brings home a high school ex, I have one word of advice 'beware'. The Human Bobby is one of those books that you will force your friends to read. I was utterly consumed by his story. If you see this book at your local bookstore, look no further. If you're looking for a story to loose yourself in, this will be the one. Yes, highly recommended.