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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-kickingIn 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....

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ISBN : 9781481432108
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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The Museum of Heartbreak Reviews

  • Wendy Darling
    2018-07-20 16:02

    Free association with THE MUSEUM OF HEARTBREAK! What words and phrases come to mind when you think of this book, Wendy?Haphazard. Trying too hard. Quirky without enough substance. The thing about humorous prose is it has to feel effortless--and it has to have some order even if it doesn't appear to. This book felt all over the place; from the structure to the tenses to the things the characters were interested in, I felt like we were bouncing back and forth in a pinball machine. There's no real character development to speak of, either--everyone gets assigned some traits (this is the guy who draws and reads comic books, this is the mean girl who has no redeeming qualities, this is the best friend who shares a few memories with the MC, these are the eccentric parents, and this is the cute guy who...what does he do? Oh yeah, eventually you learn he likes Kerouac) and that's kind of the extent of the thought and depth behind it. Zero chemistry, zero stakes. I don't even know why we're supposed to like the narrator, to be honest; she's not awful, and I made myself be patient with the silly decisions she makes, but she's really not that interesting. It pains me immensely to not love this book, because it talks about dinosaurs so damned much and I LOVE dinosaurs. And the author's bio says her heroes are Anne Shirley and Harriet the Spy. Come on! The bait and switch of that allure versus the story I actually read is so upsetting. This book tries so very hard to be charming, but it's too unfocused, too delighted by its own cleverness and tangential side stories, and too lacking in characters and relationships that feel complex or moving. There are a few cute moments, and Ephraim is the best part about the book--he of wonderful dinosaur drawings and presents and humor, but even he's not much more than the great BFF and an object of affection. Come to think of it, that's probably the biggest issue here--that the characters in this book are treated like objects, like something you'd arrange in the diorama pictured on the book jacket, rather than people with deep feelings and thoughts and dreams. But even the grandest of dollhouses feels empty if you don't fill them with an interesting story. An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this review. This gets an extra star because of the dinosaurs alone.

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    2018-08-12 14:44

    Contemporary-A-Thon challenge #7 (book #8!): read a book with pink on the cover (okay kinda cheating but Aldo says it counts!) - COMPLETE!This was one of my TBR jar picks for February and I decided to pick it up on a whim today and was very pleasantly surprised! I thoroughly enjoyed this, even though the ending was MEGA cheesy. It was still such a fun book and I’m pleased to have read it l!

  • Patty
    2018-07-31 17:58

    *I received an advanced copy from IndigoTeen via Simon & Schuster CA in exchange for an honest review. All quotes taken from a pre-published copy may be altered or omitted from the final version.*OPENING LINE“I don’t want them to go.I know i will forget them if they leave now.”-----------------------------------------------Things I Liked: Pen, and how I was able to connect with her when I thought back to my high school days!Things I LOVED: Eph<3!!!! The cover, the title, the writing style, and the little drawings!Things I Disliked: Keats, Cherisse, Audrey. Ugh. These people.Allow me to elaborate…--------------------------------------------The Museum of Heartbreak aka a perfect summer read that covers the importance of hope, friendship, love, self discovery, and of course heartbreak.Penelope. What a character, I’m not sure if I’ve ever read from a character that I was able to see myself in before. What I loved most about Penelope was the fact that she’s a character everyone can/will relate to. You might love her, you might hate her. But at some point you WERE/ARE Penelope. Meg Leder created such a realistic and relatable character with real life dilemmas that I actually forgot for a spilt second that I was reading fiction.Eph = Swoon! I’m pretty sure I found a new book boyfriend. From the minute we’re introduced to Eph I knew I would like him, and as the story continued I went from liking him to just absolutely loving him. I love how strong of a friend he was to Pen and how he was always honest with her. Plus, there’s the fact that knew where this story was going before I even opened the book, so I went into this rooting for him.“Things change, Penelope; people change. Sometimes you get hurt. And sometimes you’re the one doing the hurting.”COVERLUST❤! When I originally added this to my TBR shelf back in 2015, a cover had not been released yet. Then the day came when my eyes and that cover locked…it was a moment I can’t put into words! I just want to give a HUGE round of applause to whoever created the cover for The Museum of Heartbreak because it’s perfect! And not only was the cover perfect, but also the illustrations of artifacts or memories that we the focus for each chapter.The Museum of Heartbreak. What a catchy title! Pen collects memories and artifacts that have to do with the heartbreak she experiences. Some of the items might be seem minor but each is like a catalyst leading up to the main event. Meg Leder’s writing seemed effortless. She created a simplistic world, characters with depth, and a well planned plot. I enjoyed Museum of Heartbreak from beginning to end and there was not a single moment while reading that I felt like I was reading something that wasn’t necessary to add. Everything had a time and place, and if something does not make sense to you at that moment I promise you it will at the end!“Maybe in real life there aren’t happy endings. Maybe that’s the point.”I don’t know which character I disliked more Keats, Audrey, or Cherisse. No, that’s a lie I think I equally disliked Keats and Cherisse. Why? Let me tell you! Both of these characters were villains, just absolutely evil and heartless and have no regard for anyone else but themselves! Audrey, UGHHHHHHHH! I’m probably the only person who disliked her. She’s “Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend” (don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler. It’s in the synopsis) and while some friendships do come and go I found Audrey to be thoughtless with her words and actions. I also probably do not like her because she reminds me so much of someone I was best friends with in high school. Hey, I was not kidding when I said I became emotionally invested in The Museum of Heartbreak. Audrey dragged things out instead of being honest which just ended up hurting Pen in the end.“I realized that something terrible had unfurled. The mere seconds ago I had lived in a world where I didn’t know Audrey could hurt me. That now I lived in a world where I did.”Overall, The Museum of Heartbreak was such an enjoyable read! Although, I have to say I only wish it was a little longer! Now don’t get me wrong, Meg Leder does perfectly wrap up The Museum of Heartbreak. However, the ending felt a little abrupt to me and that’s most likely because I loved it so much that I just did not want it to end! To the point that I was flipping pages hoping to find an Epilogue but there was only the acknowledgements. I can’t wait to get my hands on a finished copy so I can re-read it this summer and tab all my favourite quotes. While this is a fiction read there are so many life lesson throughout The Museum of Heartbreak that readers can connect with it displaying the importance of hope, the ups and downs of friendship, that love doesn’t come easily to some, and of course that we all experience different if not multiple heartbreaks.

  • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
    2018-07-30 18:09

    An Advance Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change.Penelope Marx is a romantic. One who believes in a romance that will sweep you off your feet. She believes in Rose and Jack from the Titanic movie and Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice novel. Real life isn't like the movies or the books because happy endings don't happen. When her distant best friend Audrey suddenly wants to spend less time apart, she ends up meeting the most charming and handsome new boy who seems so perfect. But there's also her other guy best friend named Eph who's more than just moody lately.As far as romantic contemporaries go, this one was just cute. It has all the makings of a novel that you will gobble up. And it'll be a fast read too. Having read so many novels, this ends up being a very predictable read. But I just didn't care! From the moment I turned the page, I knew there was going to some great character development going on. Penelope is still young and she needs to get her heart broken to find out what love really is. Then there's Eph..The moment he appeared I knew I would instantly like him. He's not exactly the cliché new boyfriend, but the one most characters don't even see. Keats..Well he was instantly a detractor, and I was waiting for Pen to get rid of him LOL I hated how she was around him. Constantly blaming herself for how he acted. Making herself settle for his constant callous actions. As soon as he said this:"Eh, lady writers, not really my thing." (173)I wrote him off as the villain. Nope, that is a deal breaker. For someone to write off a whole gender is just lousy and despicable. Nope nope nope. As far as the story goes, there's a sweeping high that comes when you know Penelope is going to end up learning her lesson and I love how she realizes it. I love the cute slow-burn romances where you know more than the characters and this one had it. This book also caters more to the younger teen audience, but anyone will still enjoy it. If you love books from Jenny Han, Miranda Kenneally or Kasie West, add this Meg Leder to your list because you're going to want to gobble her books in an instant.RATING 4/5QUOTESMaybe in real life there aren't happy endings. Maybe that's the point. (3)I am terrible at talking to boys! I am terrible at life!Who needed friends? I had New York City. (56)In that moment I knew he could see the secret parts inside me, the token over my heart, the fleeing lives of the stars in my sky. (87)I loved the feeling of being in like. (156)Just because someone isn't at their best doesn't mean you write them off forever. (189)You believe in things so wholly, in absolute friendship and epic true love, and your heart is so amazingly big. (244)Sometimes you get hurt. And sometimes you're the one doing the hurting. (255)

  • Karmen (readingoncloud9)
    2018-07-27 16:55

    Thank you so much to the author, Meg Leder, for sending me a copy of the Museum of Heartbreak!It was a really quick read! The cover and the synopsis were what made me want to read this book. It even has a great title. This book was cute, but I thought it was pretty predictable. It was set in high school so it of course had to have some high school drama. I felt like there wasn't much of Cherisse in the story other than the parts where she doesn't like Penelope or when she's with Audrey/Keats.You can learn so much about friendship and love from reading this book. It's a great read if you like reading about high school drama, friendships, and love.

  • Ashley Blake
    2018-08-14 19:43

    Wow, this was so amazing. Perfect pacing, unforgettable voice, this book made me FEEL high school all over again, with all its uncertainties and anxieties. I loved Penelope's journey and the wisdom she curated through her heartbreaks is really lovely. Set against a vibrant New York City setting, this book was everything I wanted out of a contemporary YA.

  • S.M. Parker
    2018-07-25 13:43

    This book was hands down one of the best contemporary YA books I have ever had the pleasure to read. It is smart and cool and hopeful and heartbreaking in all the best ways. I have a legit hangover after living in Pen’s story. I have fallen head over heels for her. Loving her quick wit, keen observations, unbreakable Pen-ness. Her character is beyond awesome and she attracts awesomeness. Eph? Sa-woon. Audrey, Grace—the entire cast—is so perfectly flawed and real. Leder’s writing is engaging and hilarious and warm. This is a perfectly paced YA that tackles (with beauty) all the grit and grace of romantic, love, friendship, self-love and familial belonging. And, there are dinosaurs. So, yeah. Magic.

  • Sophie
    2018-07-28 22:10

    When I first saw the synopsis for this book, it seemed like a proper Sophie book. I love YA contemporary books, especially the fluffy ones, during the summer time. When I bought this, I started it as soon as I got home, and though it would be a high four, maybe even five star read. Unfortunately, it's barely a 3 star for me.In The Museum of Heartbreak, we follow Penelope, who is a romantic at heart. She keeps little momentos of all her significant relationships, friendship and otherwise, and eventually uses them in her own 'Museum of Heartbreak'. When a new guy, Keats, comes to the school, and BFF Audrey wants to spend less time together, she is drawn to Keats, who is just 'perfect'. However, her other best friend, Eph, grows moody the more she spends with Keats, and Penelope can't understand it.This book was cute, I'll give it that. But, there just wasn't much to it. I wasn't too keen on Penelope, and though she was so oblivious, that an asteroid couldn't landed in front of her, and she would still be none the wiser. Really, if she'd just thought more about the events, she would've saved herself from so many problems. Keats was awful. I could tell from the beginning he wouldn't be go for Penelope, and when he started spouting sexist stuff, and then got angry that he wasn't a great writer, he was like a petulant child. You could tell that Eph would be the one Penelope finally fell for, and while I preferred them together, I still wasn't invested in their romance. None of the characters had that much substance, and I kept putting the book off, even though it was short, because of this. This book probably deserves 2.5 stars, but I've rounded it up. I know others loved this, but maybe I just couldn't see what was great about it.

  • Julia
    2018-07-27 13:55

    *Achtung, enthält Spoiler!*Eine Gebrauchsanleitung in Sachen Liebe sollte wirklich endlich mal jemand schreiben!, findet die 17-jährige Penelope, als sie mit Karacho in ihre erste große Liebesgeschichte reinrauscht und, ohne über Los zu gehen, erst wieder an der Abfahrt »Herzensleid« zum Stehen kommt. Darauf bereitet einen wirklich keiner vor, weder Eltern noch Lehrer noch sonst wer von den angeblich so Erwachsenen. Genau betrachtet haben die nämlich auch kein Patentrezept in Sachen Liebe parat. Also beschließt Penelope, selbst dieses Buch zu schreiben, die Geschichte ihrer großen Liebe und deren Scheitern, entlang an all den kleinen Erinnerungsstücken, die sich durch Penelopes Liebesleben ziehen: vom ersten Händchenhalten im Kindergarten über den ersten kumpelig-peinlichen Kuss mit 11, bis hin zum ultimativen Date mit Mr Right. Es gibt allgemein zwei Gründe, wieso ein Buch von mir nur einen Stern kriegt. 1. Ich breche es ab. Es hat noch nicht mal geschafft, mich bis zum Ende zu halten. 2. Ich hasse es leidenschaftlich und/oder rege mich die Ganze Zeit auf. Museum of Heartbreak erfüllt den letzten Punkt, aber hallo. Es dauerte nicht langsam, bis die ersten Sachen und Figuren mich zur Weißglut brachten. Vielleicht bin ich inzwischen zu alt für diese Art von Buch?Erstmal was ich erwartet habe: Ich habe eine Geschichte erwartet, in der unsere Protagonistin uns anhand von Gegenständen vorstellt, was für Erfahrungen sie mit Jungs hatte. Was weiß ich, ein Buntstift aus dem Kindergarten, der sie an den Jungen erinnert, mit dem sie Händchen gehalten hat und ein besonderer Pulli, den sie anhatte, als sonst was passiert ist. Ein bisschen so, wie To all the boys I've loved before auch klingt. Aber der Titel ist irreführend. Es wird im Grunde nur eine ganz normale Geschichte erzählt und während dieser paar Wochen(?) bewahrt Pen einige Sachen auf, die sie Prinz Charming am Ende in ihrem Museum of Heartbreak vorstellt. Das ist so viel flacher und eindimensionaler, als ich es mir vorgestellt habe.Es ist fast von Anfang an klar, dass Pen am Ende mit ihrem besten Freund Eph zusammen kommen soll, dem „groß gewachsenem, gut aussehendem Hottie“. (würg) Schön und gut, aber zwei Sachen haben mich daran massiv gestört. Zum einen hasse ich Eph, wirklich, ich hasse ihn zutiefst. Er ist unsympathisch, eklig, kindisch und ich habe gehofft, dass er und Pen sich endlich zerstreiten, damit ich ihn bis zum Ende des Buches nicht mehr sehen muss. Lesen. Wie auch immer. (Spoiler: So viel Glück hatte ich nicht.) Und der andere Punkt war, dass das Buch damit beginnt, dass Pen sich total in den Neuen in der Klasse verknallt, den perfekten Traummann, bis er gegen Ende doch nicht mehr so perfekt ist, weil er Epf Platz machen muss. Ich fand diese Beziehung so gezwungen, vom Anfang bis zum Ende und kann kein bisschen nachvollziehen, wie Pen nur so blind sein konnte. Zum Beispiel nennt er sie immer Scout und ich bin mir zu 90% sicher, dass er das tut, weil er sich ihren Namen nicht gemerkt hat. Yay, Romantik pur!Um nochmal zu dem „kindisch“ zurückzukommen: Pen war genauso schlimm. Sie ist 17, aber sie benimmt sich wie höchstens 12. Sie ist so eine egoistische, blöde Kuh, bei der es immer nur um sie gehen muss und die sich selbst viel zu wichtig nimmt. Ich muss nicht verstehen, was nicht nur einer, sondern gleich zwei Typen an ihr finden, oder? Das Highlight war ja, als sie mit ihren beiden besten Freunden zerstritten war und nicht mal auf die Idee kam, dass sie sich vielleicht entschuldigen könnte. Mal ganz abgesehen davon, konnte ich aber auch den Kleinigkeiten absolut nichts abgewinnen. Es gibt Bücher, die ich nicht mag, aber zumindest gibt es eine Figur oder irgendeinen anderen Aspekt, den ich noch ganz gut fand. Aber das geht hier einfach nicht. Das Buch ist flach und eindimensional und voll mit zu vielen zu gewollten Anspielungen. Man muss nicht 1000 Prominamen, Filmtitel, Musiker und was nicht sonst noch alles erwähnen, um „cool“ zu sein. Außerdem hatte ich bei einem großen Teil dieser Anspielungen das Gefühl, beleidigt zu werden. Ein Charakter tut an einer Stelle so, als würde er Miley Cyrus nicht kennen und alle um ihn herum regen sich direkt auf. Pen will zu einem Date kein High School Musical T-Shirt anziehen, weil man sie für einen „16-jährigen Disney-Fan“ halten könnte. WEN INTERESSIERTS? Es ist doch kein Drama, wenn man einen Star nicht kennt und ich kenne Leute, die älter sind als ich und Disney lieben. Die Autorin wirbelt nur unnötig Staub auf, aber das hätte sie lieber ganz lassen sollen, dadurch ist sie mir nur auch unsympathischer geworden.Über die Autorin:Meg Leder ist Korrektorin für verschiedene Fachzeitschriften und Fachverlage in New York City. Bekannt wurde sie vor allem durch ihr viel gelobte Nachschlagewerk "The Handbook of Novel Writing". Meg Leder hat seit neuestem ihren Hort in Brooklyn, NY. FazitSorry, aber nein. Vielleicht haben jüngere Leser noch Spaß an dem Buch, aber für mich war es ein einziger Reinfall. Ich fand die Figuren ausnahmslos alle unsympathisch und unreif dafür, dass sie schon fast erwachsen sein sollen und die Anspielungen haben einen großen Teil der Geschichte ausgemacht, sind aber sehr unglücklich eingebracht. Ich bin jedenfalls sehr froh, dieses Buch hinter mir zu haben.

  • Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
    2018-08-07 18:12

    Will I ever learn my lesson about judging a book by it's cover? No, probably not, because that is a lovely cover. It called to me. But the actual story -Was there supposed to be a point to this, because I couldn't find one. I think it was supposed to charm me, make me feel all nostalgic and shit. It didn't. It was such hard work to get through. The writing was all over the place, there was no real character depth, no growth. I don't think I've ever read so much of a book (66%) and not finished it. But I can't go on. I just CANNOT.

  • Jay G
    2018-08-01 20:03

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: Stars16 year old Penelope Marx has experienced heartbreak. Keats, the popular new boy in school is finally paying attention to her but in the process of this new relationship, one of her best friends, Audrey, is growing increasingly distant from her. Not to mention her other best friend Eph has been acting moody lately and Pen doesn't understand why. Things are changing in their social triangle and Pen has to navigate this new world of hers. The book is such a quick read and very light and fluffy. The writing style was fun and I found myself laughing out loud at some parts. I also loved the little illustrations before each chapter! I found the book to be very similar to 'Why We Broke Up' by Daniel Handler, which I also really loved! Although predictable, I still thoroughly enjoyed it! Penelope is such a relateable character, she's quirky and weird and you can't help but love her. Eph is definitely a new book boyfriend of mine, what a sweetie pie! He was always supportive and honest with Pen and always stuck up for her in any situation. Grace and Miles were also a great edition to the story as well! Keats, Audrey and Cherisse all sucked, I didn't like them as people and they just infuriated me through out the story. The themes of friendship and family were really well done in this book and I definitely recommend it to contemporary YA lovers if you want warm fuzzy feelings after you finish!

  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    2018-07-16 16:50

    The Museum of Heartbreak is a book like no other. It is so relatable and contains very well-developed characters. With everything from actual artefacts for the main character's museum to themes of family and friendship, this book is sure to entertain everyone.This book is one of the most creative books I've read this year. When I saw the title, "The Museum of Heartbreak," I had no idea that the book would be about an actual museum. Well, not an official museum, but a museum nonetheless. I found it so original how each chapter focuses on one item from Penelope's Museum of Heartbreak and how she acquired it. The way that the story is written is just so perfect and I was able to read it in one or two sittings.Penelope is such a relatable character. She is dealing with the typical high school drama that we all go through, and I felt like I could really connect with her. Penelope has a great personality and sense of humour, as well. She is honestly so well-developed that she seems almost real. I could see myself being friends with her if she did actually exist.I loved the themes of family and friendship in The Museum of Heartbreak. Penelope is going through a tough time with her friends, especially her best friend who is starting to move on. The theme of finding who your true friends are is so important and I'm so glad that this book touched on that. My favourite part of the book was probably Penelope's family, especially her dad. I don't know why, but I always seem to love books with families more. I think it's probably because it makes the characters seem more real or just the fact that seeing those bonds is so sweet.The Museum of Heartbreak is a unique story about a girl dealing with all sorts of heartbreak. I loved the main character and found her to be so relatable. The themes of family and friendship added even more to the book, and made me really happy. I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance as this is a quick and cute read, perfect for summer.

  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    2018-07-24 14:51

    A better title for this book would be 'Deciding He Wasn't For Me', or 'We Didn't Work Together, No Big Deal'. I went into it expected it to be like Daniel Handler's 'Why We Broke Up' - you know, with actually pain and heartbreak - but instead, I got a cute story about a girl finding new friends and realising that she liked her oldest friend as more than that. Underwhelming, really. The background characters were the saving grace, along with her dad who was just so HYPED about dinosaurs, it was adorable. Really liked the way it was told, though, like a curated exhibit with Latin labelled items. That gets a star for presentation alone.

  • Emily
    2018-07-20 14:56

    I was so extremely charmed by this book, but there isn't a ton I can talk about loving without giving huge spoilers. I'll just say this is a delightfully cute, sweet, and sometimes serious teen romance with a voice as strong as Rainbow Rowell's but totally unique and new. (It's in no way a Fangirl rip off but I do think if you enjoyed the relational dynamics in Fangirl you'll enjoy this.) I also loved the friendship Leder wrote. It really surprised me. It's complicated and messy and honest. It wasn't by any many a "frenemy-ship" but it also wasn't all clear-cut and lovey. It really brought me back to some of the growing pains in my relationships in high school, the way that most change, fall apart, or come out stronger on the other end of the struggle.I really, really, really recommend this book. I think if you read the first two chapters you'll be totally sold. I read it in 1.2 sittings. As in, I read for like an hour one night before bed and then didn't do anything the next day so I could fully immerse myself in it. I wish I could reread it for the first time again, but instead I guess I'll just sit here and patiently wait for whatever Leder does next.

  • Karen Fortunati
    2018-08-09 14:04

    Truth: I found myself racing through the arc of The Museum of Heartbreak and had to force myself to slow down. The exquisite writing, the characters I wished were real, a story that sparks with energy, the labelled drawings at the start of each chapter - this book was a joy to read. It might be tempting to categorize this story as a YA romance and it does contain one of the most satisfying love stories I've ever read. BUT it's so much more than that. This story dissects the emotional aftermath of when relationships change. MC Penelope (Pen) has had two best friends her entire life: Audrey and Eph (short for Ephraim.) But things are unraveling - Audrey is branching out, becoming very tight with someone outside their little friendship triangle. And there's no lack of available girlfriends for Eph. These changes unmoor Pen. There is a sense of loss and longing for what used to be that underlines the story. And the brilliance of Meg Leder's writing is evident especially in that aspect. Three of my favorite lines from the book occur after a fight between Pen and Audrey, where that sense of loss is captured perfectly: "I realized that something terrible had unfurled. That mere seconds ago I had lived in a world where I didn't know Audrey could hurt me. That now I lived in a world where I did."The story explores something unsettling and scary. But the tremendous humor and wit of Pen keep the story moving forward positively. She's one of my favorite YA characters! Another really intriguing thing were the drawings at the start of each chapter of the mementos or artifacts Pen collected. The labels contained the name, the "latin" name, and donor and acted like little advertisements of what the upcoming chapter held. These were just a really fun part of the book. Another favorite part - the setting. New York City has never been more appealing or enticing. Bottom line: Meg Leder's elegant writing brings a richness and depth to this story of changed relationships. It is sensitive, honest and powerful. Through Pen, we see it takes courage to accept that things might change and faith to believe that we'll still be okay. Absolutely loved this book! And one that I will reread. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!!!

  • Morris
    2018-07-17 14:49

    “The Museum of Heartbreak” is the sort of YA book that takes me right back to my high school years. I was literally going through all of the emotions Penelope was feeling while reflecting on my own memories.The format is a fun way to get to know the life of Penelope and her friends. Each chapter contains a different item from the “museum catalogue” and revolves around the story behind it that helped shape where she is at the moment. Some of them are flashbacks to elementary school and others are recent events. It was a clever plot device and made me think about the small mementos I’ve accumulated over the years. (To the young adults: This habit doesn’t stop when you get old and is perfectly fine. Just don’t become a hoarder.)There are all sorts of heartbreaks covered, but the one that resonated most for me was that of growing up. Everyone matures in different ways at different paces, and it really hurts to be the one who feels left behind during it all. It was a good lesson to be able to see from the outside that maturing at a different speed isn’t a bad thing and there is no need to rush.“The Museum of Heartbreak” is a book I can recommend for any young adult or adult who enjoys contemporary YA. The pacing was fast and the dialogue realistic. It will make for a perfect summer read or provide an escape from the real world.This unbiased honest review is based upon a complimentary copy.

  • △⃒⃘Qamar Al Oqaily ⚯͛
    2018-07-21 18:49

    BookTubeAthon book1 :challenge, read a book in one day ✅3.3This was an easy sad but beautiful read,enjoyed it a lot !:( 🖤

  • Steffi
    2018-07-16 20:59

    DNF @ 15%Vielleicht bin ich gerade in einer komischen Lesestimmung, aber zumindest bin ich rigoros was abbrechen betrifft.Dieses Buch hat irgendwie so gar nichts was mich gepackt oder interessiert hat. Es dümpelt alles vor sich hin und geht direkt an mir vorbei.Die Story und Charaktere sind schon jetzt völlig platt und ich habe einfach überhaupt keine lust weiterzulesen. Außerdem war mir vieles einfach zu nerdy.Es mag auch sein, dass ich langsam zu alt für diese Art von Bücher werde.

  • Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
    2018-08-11 16:43

    Ahhhh. So, so good.

  • Laurence R.
    2018-08-11 19:54

    I LOVED IT! I could relate so much to Pen, which was a bit weird sometimes, since it felt like I was reading about myself. I absolutely loved the characters in this story and I'm really, really happy I read it.

  • Kate Ormand
    2018-08-07 14:55

    Penelope loves books and movies and romance, and wants her happily ever after. So when her friends start branching out and making new friends, things become complicated. And when a guy she likes asks her out, everything begins to change. Is Penelope’s world moving in the right direction? Or is this not the happy ending she always wanted?I didn’t want this to be over! It was perfect. I loved it. I really related to Penelope, I think a lot of readers will, with her expectations of first likes, the pushed away feeling when a close friend makes another close friend, trying to hold everything together when it’s drifting away. Everyone grows and changes, but Penelope isn’t ready to let go. Though I didn’t want this to end, I couldn’t read it fast enough to see if everything would be okay! I really liked Penelope’s friendship with Eph – their closeness and history was so sweet. I also read this in summer while staying in New York City, which was perfect! I’d recommend to fans of David Levithan and Huntley Fitzpatrick.

  • Anna
    2018-08-16 15:59

    HECK YES. THIS WAS SO FANTASTIC (review coming super soon).

  • Lisa
    2018-08-03 13:42

    3.5 stars!Let me be honest here... this was total cover love at first sight. When I saw this cover, there was no question whether I would read this or not. It was a done deal. Then I read the synopsis, which sounded pretty unique to me for a contemporary read. Once this book arrived on my doorstep, I immediately jumped right in!Penelope is a hopeless romantic. She dreams of the picture-perfect romance you will find in a romance novel. She meets the super-cute Keats, and sparks start flying. When Keats speaks to her for the first time at a party, she's over-the-moon excited to finally be on his radar. Totally cliche, yes, but it's always made known to watch your back when getting mixed up with the most popular boy in school. This story revolves around Penelope's attempt to find the type of love you see on the big screen, finding herself experiencing heartbreak, both romantically and friendship-wise, along the way."Sometimes you get hurt. And sometimes you're the one doing the hurting." Despite her naive and immature actions, Penelope grew on me after I got to know her a bit. The "romance" with Keats though was 100% meh for me. I wasn't convinced of their connection at all. I didn't like the two of them together. And as far as Keats himself, I really didn't get a chance to know him very well. As far as he is concerned, I really don't have any feelings whatsoever.Then there is Penelope's best friend, Eph. *swoon* Why, oh why, do I always instantly fall for the dorky, creative, hilariously funny guy and never the attractive popular one? Who knows. But Eph, he's the kind of book boyfriend that I instantly claim as my own and never look back. So much love for Ephraim. After the mildly slow start, this story really took off and ended up surprising me in such a wonderful way! I was thoroughly invested in this story and really started to love the characters so much. I have to admit, I felt like it was missing something as a whole. It was quirky and silly, which I love, but wasn't quite the total package, if that makes any sense. I was hoping for a little unpredictability and depth to the story, but it wasn't there for me. Either way, I still overall really liked this story and would recommend it to contemporary readers alike. It's the perfect read to get lost in as a refresher between more serious reads."Maybe in real life there aren't happy endings. Maybe that's the point." (Thanks to Simon Pulse for the review copy!)Find this review and others like it at Lost in Literature!

  • Wendy F
    2018-07-31 17:05

    I’m a very odd duck, because I’m not a huge fan of adult contemporary romance but I’m a major fan of YA contemporary stories, both realistic and romance. While I’ve come across a couple pretty good ones lately, I also haven’t been overly blown away by one in a while. The Museum of Heartbreak came close.Chapter one started off pretty abruptly, and in a very confusing way. I couldn’t understand the relevance of a dream about dinosaurs evacuating the city, but everything comes together so perfectly and that first chapter is really the cherry on the top. In fact, those dinosaurs and their connection to the characters is my favorite part of the story. They represented childhood, and imaginations, and unending hope.The Museum of Heartbreak has an array of your usual characters, best friends that are pretty and enviable, enemies that are mean and snooty. In that sense there was nothing groundbreaking about the story. That is until we get to know Penelope and Ephraim; especially Eph, with the constellation of freckles on his nose. Dagnabbit, that was one character that I absolutely adored.And then there was Keats. Keats is such a confusing character. It wasn’t hard to see why Penelope was drawn to him, right off the bat. He sounded pretty darn dreamy. I love the male characters with crooked grins. And then he loved reading and said things like, “Which book chose you.” I mean, come on! One of the best pick up lines ever.I knew where I wanted the story to go right from the very beginning, and with that said I wasn’t completely unhappy with the ending but I do wish there had been more. I’m not one for the time jump epilogues but I would like the big moment between the protags. For some reason it feels like it’s ‘in’ to cut it off just before the readers get that moment, and I’m starting to feel disappointed.Overall, a really great book, and one that I’m willing to purchase in print for my own museum of literature, my bookshelves.Thank you to Simon Pulse via Netgalley for providing an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.If you enjoyed this review, come by and check out others like it - Badass Book Reviews

  • Jenn Bishop
    2018-08-05 16:08

    There are some books that grab you from the first page, with characters that feel authentic enough that you believe them, and yet almost too delightful (and funny) to be real. That's "The Museum of Heartbreak" -- at least it was for me. I immediately connected with our narrator, New York native Penelope Marx, whose heart has been broken. I loved tracking the items that contributed to the heartbreak, which she catalogues with lovely specificity, and seeing her fall for Keats, oh the dreamy mysterious Keats.But what I truly loved about this book was Eph, Penelope's best friend since the diaper days, who may very well have just overtaken Etienne St. Clair from "Anna and the French Kiss" as my new book boyfriend, which is a serious de-throning if there ever were one. Eph, the drawer of dinosaurs and watcher of David Lynch movies, who's stolen the hearts of many a girl, yet always been just a friend to Penelope. Thus far, that is... Sure, this book is about the highs and lows of falling in love and heartbreak, but at its core it's about the evolution of friendships -- and being open to new ones, or to changes in preexisting ones.

  • Stephanie
    2018-07-16 17:06

    What a delightful book! Though use of Heartbreak in the title may imply romantic love, much of the heartbreak in this story is friendship centered (as noted on the back cover copy). Changing friendships, evolving lives, and great detail about living as a teen in NYC.When Penelope becomes infatuated with a living, breathing hipster cliche, it's tempting for adult me to roll my eyes. But I dated that guy too. I know the 30-something-year-old version of that guy (and he is still insufferable). But when you're seventeen and a Jack Kerouac-reading art guy charms you from the sterile halls of your high school, it's easy to fall toward those charms without having larger perspective. This book captures all those feelings and more--the friendships, I'm telling you, are so great in this book. Especially girl friendships. Plus, a really nice friends-to-more? aspect explored in such a lovely way.I can see fans of Jenny Han, Morgan Matson, and Gayle Forman loving this book.

  • Caroline
    2018-07-17 17:44

    full review up here!i was provided an arc by netgalley and simon & schuster, so thank you to them! oh man, I loved this book. I loved how raw and real penelope was, I loved that the things she went through were realistic and some of them sucked, but they made me feel like this story really happened. I connected so much with her, and with Eph especially, and I just thought that this was so gorgeous and lovely and bittersweet, it felt like growing up. I love love loved it.

  • Forever Young Adult
    2018-08-13 16:12

    Graded By: RosemaryCover Story: Kid SisterBFF Charm: Yay!Swoonworthy Scale: 7Talky Talk: Talk Nerdy To MeBonus Factors: Ephraim O'Connor, NYCRelationship Status: First RomanceRead the full book report here.

    2018-08-05 19:12

    2.75 stars, rounded up to 3. Three things about this novel are interesting: the artifacts in Penelope's museum and the way each chapter is inspired by a particular one, as well as the fact that it's set in New York City and features dinos. But though I found parts of it really fun, overall, it felt pretty predictable (in terms of plot and characters) and a bit contrived.

  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    2018-07-31 13:55

    3.5 I did enjoy this story, even though it's not the most original one. The little things were the reason I liked The Museum of Heartbreak- paleontologist dad, artistic best friend and the main characters who likes to keep trinkets as a reminder.