Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Three Scoops of Summer Blog Tour - The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder - Review + Giveaway

Today marks A Cupcake and a Latte's last stop on the incredible #ThreeScoopsofSummer blog tour hosted/organized by the Simon Teen team over at Simon & Schuster Canada! It's been quite an amazing ride, and I hope everyone's had a wonderful time! Talking about The Last Boy and Girl in the World, The Unexpected Everything, and The Museum of Heartbreak has been a treat and I hope at the end of this you'll be picking these titles up for yourself (and for your book-bestie, of course)!  Don't forget to continue to follow the blog tour to the very end, and stop by for exclusive posts, reviews and more!

Happy Reading!

The Museum of Heartbreak
By Meg Leder
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Release Date: June 7th, 2016
Purchase: [Chapters/Indigo] [Amazon]
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.

To my very core, I'm a sap. I'm a sap who enjoys books that turn me into an emotional mess and I love it! What does that have to do with The Museum of Heartbreak? Everything! This book turned me inside out, made me pause for thought several times, and gave me an overwhelming appreciation for the relationships that have come and gone in my life. Plainly put - I loved it!

"I don't want them to go. I know I will forget them if they leave now."

First and foremost, let's get the obvious out of the way - I cannot wait for more from Meg Leder! My experience during The Museum of Heartbreak was beyond what I expected when the title was first pitched to me. Told in Penelope's vivid perspective, Meg Leder's emotional tale follows the ups, downs, changes, and unexpected endings of relationships, romantic and vice-versa. It puts you in the shoes of a young teen girl who's experiencing a whole lot of emotional tugging all at once, and takes you on her journey as her friendships change for the better or for the worse, depending on your perspective. I found Penelope to be quite a relatable and likable character, and her circumstances, for the most part, reminded me quite a bit of myself during high school. In fact, seeing myself so much in Penelope could very well be the reason why I felt so emotionally connected to every twist and turn. Looking back at it now, it all looks like avoidable dramatic nonsense, but for a teen girl it can sometimes feel like the end of the world. In that aspect, Meg Leder made this shine through and beautifully highlighted much of Penelope's journey in the cataloging of items in her epic "Museum of Heartbreak".

"Things change, Penelope; people change. Sometimes you get hurt. And sometimes you're the one doing the hurting."

Uplifting and beautifully written, The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder is an absolute must-read for any younger reader. Not a fan of YA? Give this one a chance. It very well may change your perspective on the genre.

4.5 / 5 Cupcakes


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  1. Oh my goodness
    So excited!

  2. It sounds like just my kind of book. Great review!

  3. Bookish Willow18 May 2016 at 13:54

    I'm overjoyed to learn you felt so strongly about The Museum of Heartbreak. Thank you for taking the time to be part of this blog tour.

  4. I've heard wonderful things about this one