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Title:
We can work it out
Author:
Eulberg, Elizabeth, author.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Point, 2015.

©2015
Physical Description:
312 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
A follow-up to The Lonely Hearts Club finds Penny Lane Bloom struggling to balance the needs of a new romantic relationship with those of her club friendships, family and senior year.

"When Penny Lane started The Lonely Hearts Club, the goal was simple: to show that girls didn't need to define themselves by how guys looked at them, and didn't have to value boyfriends over everything else. Penny thought she'd be an outcast for life... but then the club became far more popular than she ever imagined it would be"--
General Note:
Sequel to: The lonely hearts club.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
670 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780545654616
Format :
Book

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When Penny Lane started The Lonely Hearts Club, the goal was simple: to show that girls didn't need to define themselves by how guys looked at them, and didn't have to value boyfriends over everything else. Penny thought she'd be an outcast for life . . . but then the club became far more popular than she ever imagined it would be.But what happens when the girl who never thought she'd date a good guy suddenly finds herself dating a great one? She doesn't need a boyfriend . . . but she wants it to work out with this particular boyfriend. And he wants it to work out with her.Only, things keep getting in the way. Feelings keep getting hurt. Words keep getting misunderstood.Penny Lane worked hard to declare her independence. Now she needs to figure out what to do with it -- and how to balance what she wants with what everyone else wants.


Author Notes

Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to college in Syracuse and making a career in the New York City book biz. She is the author of The Lonely Hearts Club , Prom and Prejudice , Take a Bow , Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality , Better Off Friends , and We Can Work It Out . You can find her on the Web at www.elizabetheulberg.com.


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Booklist Review

In this sequel to The Lonely Hearts Club (2010), Beatles-obsessed Penny Lane Bloom has become a Girl Who Now Dates, despite being leader of a girls' club focused on swearing off guys (or, at least, guys who are jerks). The club is so popular that it's become a social movement, with a website and chapters at other schools, but Penny's personal relationships are harder to manage. She struggles to balance her relationship with Ryan with her busy boy-free club agenda and ends up prioritizing all wrong. Eulberg's contemporary story about keeping sight of what's important in life and love is formulaic, but its gentle humor and supportive message are always fresh.--Hutley, Krista Copyright 2015 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Despite founding a popular club centered on female friendships and boy-free Saturday nights, Penny Lane Bloom has found time to recover from her recent heartbreak and begin dating. However, the popularity of the Lonely Hearts Club has increased her commitments and she refuses to compromise the rules of the club, thereby reducing her time with her new boyfriend, Ryan, to small, insignificant snippets. While Ryan's patience for her apathy toward him begins to wane, Penny Lane is also confronted by the judgment of her best friend, also Ryan's ex-girlfriend, Diane, who insists that ignoring him is a mistake Penny Lane will regret. It isn't long before her rocky relationship and the stress of the Lonely Hearts Club events take their toll on her health. While the resolution is a tad predictable, it is certainly satisfying. This follow-up to Eulberg's The Lonely Hearts Club (Scholastic, 2009), easily stands alone, but readers may enjoy it more after reading the previous volume. The voices of the teens, particularly the slang, seem a bit forced and the lessons are at times preachy and heavy-handed. However, the upbeat premise of girls taking charge of their own happiness rather than succumbing to the angst of mean girl drama or the pressures of teen dating is a welcome addition to young adult fiction.-Lynn Rashid, Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MD (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.