Speaking of characters, I love Diane. I had my doubts about her in the beginning, but she grew into a wonderful character and person. Her loyalty to Penny, Tracy, and the rest of the club is heartening and she exemplifies how a good friend should be. Another favorite character of mine is Ryan. Throughout the novel, he remains a dependable, likeable, and good-hearted guy. Penny’s parents are hilarious and are present enough to be parents, but not enough to take away from Penny and her story, which makes for a good balance.
Elizabeth Eulberg’s writing had me laughing more than anything. There are several awesome lines in the book, such as “I could’ve started a club called the Yellow Submariners that went out in the ocean and clubbed baby seals and they still would’ve been proud.” (pg. 111) Not only is the writing hilarious, but Eulberg has a way with words, as is expected of an author, and there were several moments where I stopped and thought, “I wish I came up with that!” I also really enjoyed the Beatles references. Their songs are practically timeless and Eulberg presented the band in a refreshing and relevant manner.
Overall, The Lonely Hearts Club is a story of friendship and love, but not necessarily in the relationship sense. It’s all about standing by your friends’ sides no matter what and giving them endless support. The story is actually quite inspiring and empowering, whether you’re a girl or a guy. Maybe it will help open people’s eyes and help them make positive changes in their lives in terms of how they treat others and who they surround themselves with. If you’re looking for a hilarious and endearing story of friendship and the power of the Beatles, then don’t hesitate to read The Lonely Hearts Club! You won’t regret it.