We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: 1/27/2015
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: friendship, romance, organizing a club, Beatles
Format read: Purchased.
Summary: Penny Lane is dating Ryan and running the Lonely Hearts Club but as things get more serious with Ryan and the club begins to grow beyond their high school, Penny finds herself in a predicament. As great as all of this is, she cannot seem to find a fair balance between the two.
When it was announced that we would be getting another book about Penny and her Lonely Hearts Club, I couldn’t be more ecstatic. My warm feelings for the original book all stem from the fact that the characters felt like girls I went to high school with and I couldn’t wait to experience that again. I’m very happy to say that We Can Work It Out did not disappoint. Here are a few reasons why you should pick it up:
- When two people start dating, there is always so much thought about how much time she is spending with her significant other (mostly too much) but I love how Elizabeth Eulberg turns this on its head. In We Can Work It Out, Penny is spending less time with Ryan because of her allegiance to the club and also because she doesn’t want to turn into the girl who ditches her gal pals for her boyfriend. It’s so important to be aware of this infraction but when it’s starting to become a problem in your new relationship… it’s time to rethink things.
- Penny is tense about PDA in the halls and isn’t great about letting Ryan in as much as she lets in the members of the Lonely Hearts Club. I remember feeling weird about kissing my boyfriend in public when I was a sophomore and struggling to feel comfortable with other people undoubtably catching us together. For those reasons, I’m glad it was touched upon in this book because going from liking someone to being naturally physical is not so seamless.
- I couldn’t have been prouder of all the girls in the Club. It may have started as a tactic to grow stronger after some jerky guys broke their hearts but the focus has totally turned to being there for your girlfriends through thick and thin — for those you know and those you don’t. Their commitment to one another was lovely, and, most importantly, they were able to widen their views when it came to “the rules”. Eulberg shows how these girls are truly in flux, feeling out who they are, and accepting that they don’t have all of the answers. I wish girls showed each other this kind of love and understanding all the time.
- Penny and her parents are as hilarious as ever with their devotion to the Beatles. I love how the Blooms are such supportive and awesome parents (in fact most of the Lonely Club parents are) and I could not but smile when they pulled out tribute after tribute to those four boys from Liverpool.
We Can Work It Out was like hanging out with your best girlfriends at the diner, you haven’t checked your phone or watch once, and the cheesy fries just keep on coming. It’s a feel-good hooray for the ladies read that understands what makes ladies tick and why friendship is so important.