Book: The Museum of Heartbreak
Author: Meg Leder
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
To be honest, I started this book without expectations. I didn’t know much about the story because I didn’t read the synopsis when I bought it. Actually, I read the synopsis when I was like 50 pages in because my thought was “wtf is this”. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t that bad.
The concept of this story was great. I was craving a contemporary read for the last couple of weeks. I had some issues with it, but I couldn’t stop reading. I needed to know what was going to happen, and if the main character was going to develop at the end.
I didn’t like the main character at all. Our main character name is Penelope (known as Pen), and she was annoying, childish and immature. First, Pen had a fight with her best friend because she lives in a fantasy world when you only have 2 friends for the rest of your life and nothing is going to change, but her best friend thinks they all should expand their social circle. Second, she thought that because a common cute guy looked at her and smiled, he’s in love with her. Third, she made everyone feel miserable just because they didn’t agree with her actions. Fourth, she let the common cute guy manipulate her because she thought he was doing that because he liked her.
I couldn’t stand her attitude, and she was one of the main reasons I couldn’t love this book. Reading about how a girl thinks she deserves being treated like less just because a boy “likes” her is horrible, and no girl should ever think like that.
I really enjoy the rest of the characters, especially Ephraim O’Connor. He made me think about Étienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss so, so much. He was cute, caring, understanding, and handsome. I loved Audrey, Miles, Oscar, Grace, the parents… well, basically I loved every character except for the main character.
The concept of collecting things throughout the story that somehow made her remember of the heartbreaks, of how she ended up like that, was pretty unique. I enjoyed that very much. The whole book was cute, but it still had something missing and I can’t figure out what was it. The writing was so easy to read, and it wasn’t a slow book… not at all. I do think it’s a book full of common clichés so if you’re a reader who hates common clichés maybe you won’t enjoy this book, BUT if you like romance and teenage drama you should give this book a try.
I would’ve enjoyed this book more if Pen wasn’t childish, but not everything is going to be perfect. As I said, it wasn’t a bad read; it has great characters, it’s set in New York (in the greatest city in the world *cough* hamilton *cough*), it has a unique concept, and the ending isn’t that bad.
As I said, if you like romance and teenage drama, you should read this book. You’ll enjoy it.
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