Book Review: The Museum of Heartbreak – Meg Leder

21525988The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

Pages: 256
Genre: Romance
Rating: 3/5


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 liked two things about this book. 1) The story is set in New York. I went to New York for a day and didn’t get to experience much. 2) The drawings in the book and the cover. They make the story feel more real.

I am a huge fan of contemporary and romance. This book didn’t quite meet my standards. The romance was off because I could tell it was going nowhere. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters. No spoilers below ↷

Character Analysis

Penelope is your typical girl falling for the good-looking guy. I don’t like how she makes decisions for herself. She let her relationship get in the way of her friendship with her two best friends from childhood.

Keats is the charming and handsome guy that all the girls like. I find it easier for him to get any girl he wants because of his looks. His personality is not so great. He’s arrogant and conceited.


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