May 16, 2016
Three Scoops of Summer Blog Tour feat. The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder – Review, Interview, and Giveaway
We are so excited to be part of the
Three Scoops of Summer blog tour AGAIN
presented by Simon & Schuster Canada!
Today we are featuring
The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder.
Check out our review, meet the author
and enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
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.
This title was provided to us by the Publisher/Author. We were in no way compensated for our review(s).
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Friendships, relationships, and growing up are some of the hardest parts of being a teenager. Meg Leder addresses these struggles and more through the pages of The Museum of Heartbreak. The premise on the back of the novel piqued my interests, and the title definitely spurred my curious side. The first few pages of The Museum of Heartbreak were original, unique, and had me eager to continue reading.
In The Museum of Heartbreak, Penelope has been best friends with Audrey and Eph forever. They’re some of the people who she holds close to her, but time and life has a way of changing things. Come the end of her Junior year of high school, Penelope creates her own personal “museum” to deal with the heartbreaks she has experienced. Following Penelope through her Junior year, readers watch as Penelope meets Keats—an attractive boy who she can’t help but have a crush on; deals with Cherisse, a girl Penelope loathes; Audrey, her increasingly distant best friend whose personality and priorities have been changing more than Penelope is comfortable with; and Eph, her childhood best friend who she has conflicting feelings about.
The one thing that I did find cute about The Museum of Heartbreak was the overall lighthearted vibe that the novel possessed. The Museum of Heartbreak is not a heavy read, it’s not a story that will leave readers feeling as though a weight has been lifted from their shoulders upon finishing the novel. The story is quirky, a bit campy, and overall a very cute story. The entire time I was reading, I did think that this would have been the kind of novel that I would have enjoyed in my teenybopper years.
Penelope’s character was definitely a very quirky character. I personally couldn’t really connect to her or relate to her very much. She is definitely the kind of character that readers who can relate to a teenage protagonist who is socially awkward, talkative, and unafraid of being herself. Being in Penelope’s head, for me, wasn’t an experience that gripped my attention and had me devoted to finding out what would happen to her character. I attribute this to the following:
The one thing that I, as a seventeen year old reader, could not engage with at all throughout The Museum of Heartbreak was the outdated pop culture references and Penelope’s melodrama. As someone reading about a high school Junior (while being a high school Senior), having Penelope make references to things that are way too outdated and having the rest of the cast of characters doing the same, made the novel feel unrealistic. That being said, I don’t feel that this is the type of novel where every teen would be able to pick it up, and not have to pick up their phone to quickly google what a topic the characters are discussing is.
I would recommend The Museum of Heartbreak to readers who are just entering the YA genre. To any readers who are older than my own generation, I think that The Museum of Heartbreak is the type of novel that might help to bring back high school memories. To any readers who are looking for a campy, contemporary novel that deals with some of the struggles of growing up, I would also recommend The Museum of Heartbreak.
Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
Hello, MaryAnn and Gabby! So excited Chapter by Chapter is part of the blog tour for The Museum of Heartbreak. Thanks for having me!
Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
Girl meets boy. Everything changes. (And there are some dinosaurs!)
What was your inspiration for writing this book? Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
A few years ago, I went through a breakup that left me feeling pretty devastated. Around the same time, a lot of my good friends were getting married and having kids, and I had to have my cat put to sleep. I felt so out of sorts and lonely, that I thought a lot about heartbreak during that time: how it comes in all forms—the end of a relationship, the loss of a pet, the changing dynamics of friendship. But I also realized how heartbreak leaves you stronger when you come through it. I found myself wanting to explore that in writing, and The Museum of Heartbreak was born.
Tell us about the main character(s).
Penelope starts the novel with an idealized notion of what falling in love means. She’s all about romantic books and movies and fairy tales. And she’s pretty happy in the small world she’s created for herself—she’s got her two best friends and a very set notion of how she fits in the world. And then she meets the new guy and everything kind of unravels. When she finally falls in love, she realizes it’s a totally different thing—it’s not convenient or perfect. It’s messy and terrifying, but also real. She has to learn how to navigate that.
Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
I love Pen’s first kiss. I don’t want to spoil the details too much, but I loved writing that scene. She has all these incredibly dreamy ideas of what a kiss should be, and when it happens, it’s not at all what she expected or with who she expected. And it’s not a romantic setting at all. But I loved writing it so much for all of those reasons.
Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing? If so, why?
Pen starts out having really solid relationships with her two best friends Eph and Audrey. And then as the novel progresses, she realizes that they don’t necessarily share the same touchstones any more. It was hard for me to write Audrey and Pen scenes, because I wanted to try to show that neither of them are bad people—it’s just that who they both are is changing. But Pen’s so hurt about it (and so hurtful to Audrey), that it was hard to write and to show that Audrey was hurting just as much as Pen. I really wanted them to find their way to each other again.
What sort of projects do you have going on right now. Any new books coming out?
Right now, I’m in the middle of a fifth draft of a new YA novel. I’m really hoping to wrap that up soon! And a friend and I wrote a journal a few years ago that our publisher is re-releasing in a beautiful new package—it’s called The Book of Me.
It was great having you on the blog today! We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!
Thanks so much for having me. I love that you both run this together—it’s the kind of thing I wish my mom and I had done. I love it! Many more happy reads to you…
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