Book Review: “The Museum of Heartbreak” by Meg Leder

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“The Museum of Heartbreak” by Meg Leder


“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.”

Rose-Worthy Features

    Jumping straight in with the characters, I didn’t mind Penelope. She was interesting to read about and experienced lots of character development. She starts out being pretty closed off to people outside of her friend group, but she slowly learns to open up. She was centered around her boyfriend Keats, but I liked seeing her break free from his charming smile and dreamy eyes. Penelope slowly starts to become more independent, and I liked seeing her start to stand up for herself and not be such a doormat.

                Something that I loved about this book was the meaning of the cover. The cover had miscellaneous items that symbolize something relevant to the book. I would enjoy reading about a card and then glance at the front of the cover to see if it was significant to the plot. I love when the cover of a book means something more important to the plot of the story. In my opinion, it makes the book more fun to read!

            The plot of this book was entertaining. I liked seeing Penelope and her relationship with people develop. In my opinion it was fun to read about.  

            This book is a bit of a love triangle with Penelope falling for the mysterious Keats while still thinking about her best friend Eph. Keats seems like Mr. Perfect but as the book goes on his perfect façade slowly fades. Eph on the other hand I loved! He was sweet but also sarcastic and I just adored him. If it isn’t obvious I’m team Eph!

Thorny Features

            There wasn’t anything that I really didn’t like in this book. I seemed to like mostly everything that this book had to offer. It was cute and I’m glad I read this book.

Final Thoughts

            Overall, I rate this book a 4 out of 5. This book was super cute. I liked all the symbols and the multiple cute moments that were in this book. I love character development so I enjoyed seeing Penelope change as the book went on. And of course I loved Eph! I definitely recommend this book! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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‘The Museum of Heartbreak’ by Meg Leder

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