Book Review: The Museum of Heartbreak (YA)

The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

Goodreads Summary:
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. 

My Review:
This book was so wonderful! I love books about friendships. Pen (Penelope) has been best friends with Eph (Ephraim) and Audrey forever. But this year, Audrey has a new friend, Clerisse, who is awful to Pen. And Eph is dating anything that breathes. Pen doesn’t like how things are changing and she’s dealing with little heartbreak after little heartbreak. Not to mention, she has her first relationship with a boy, and she needs her friends. Luckily, she finds a few new ones: Grace and Miles.

This book just felt so real. The relationships were believable. The emotions were raw. Pen was slightly annoying at times, but I was very invested in her happiness because of the hurt I felt for her right away.

I loved the way this book was written as a museum. Each chapter began with an artifact, and then that section of the story explained why it had meaning and how it played into the various heartbreaks involved in this book. I most appreciated that the heartbreak wasn’t just about a boyfriend. This book examines the way that our friends and family can hurt us too, sometimes without meaning to. It’s a great read!

My Rating: 4 Stars

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