Penelope’s foundation with her two best friends has been shaken lately. Audrey has become close friends with Pen’s arch nemesis, and Eph has been acting oddly ever since the new boy started showing interest at Penelope. Heartbreak isn’t exclusive to romantic relationships, and Penelope finds herself growing up quickly when she realizes heartbreaks can also come from friendships.
This was a very sweet, cute read. I loved that Leder explored this topic in such an all-encompassing way, and it made it feel more realistic given the age of the protagonist. It touched on so many different aspects that one’s heart could be broken, from those close to you to those you admire, not just a love interest. I enjoyed this kind of a coming-of-age story, where Pen is basically finding out who she is, expanding her circle and sheltered bubble of what, and who, she knows. I think those feelings could be very relatable to those of a similar age, and might help to break out one of one’s shell.
Each chapter begins with an object, cataloged and illustrated like an item in the titular museum, and goes on to reveal a part of the narrative that holds said object relevant to the overall story. As Jess of Paper Trail Diary had once mentioned, I also wonder which came first – the actual items in the cover photo or the significance in the story.
And while aspects of this book felt so predictable, one could see it from a mile away, it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of it whatsoever. In fact, I was anxious to see how it would all play out. The Museum of Heartbreak was an entertaining, cute story – despite the melancholy of its name. Great for a quick weekend read!