Published by Simon Pulse on June 7th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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 received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Reaction upon finishing this book at 1am:
Ah, the feels of reading a beautiful, beautiful book. I have to admit that I was surprised by The Museum of Heartbreak. I expected myself to be sobbing my heart out, with all the heartbreaks and feels and whatnot. But instead, The Museum of Heartbreak broke my heart in a totally, beautiful way that left me speechless (and a little bit teary).
The main character, Penelope, showed us the different kinds of heartbreak that one can feel in a lifetime, and not all of them have to be pertaining to losing someone. Penelope was all innocence, and I kinda love that about her. I love that she doesn’t know how a kiss feels like, that she still have innocent crushes and I love the fact that she is completely oblivious to the fact that her guy best friend is freakin’ hot.
I honestly don’t know how to write this review without giving away the rest of the story, but this book was gorgeous. I mean, seriously gorgeous. And not just in terms of its cover, but basically the whole damn book. I just want to hug this book and twirl around the room, because that was how happy this book made me feel.
I love how the author explores not just romantic heartbreaks, but also friendship heartbreaks, family heartbreaks and even something simple as being-bullied-by-someone heartbreak. AND THE BEST PART ABOUT THIS BOOK? DINOSAURS. The Museum of Heartbreak definitely took me by surprise, because I never did expected it to be so beautiful and touching.