The Lonely Hearts Club, a new NA novel from Brenda Janowitz, really kicks into gear when the main character, Jo, blogs about how love is a total sham. Her boyfriend has just broken up with her after she’s loaned him money and let him live in her dad’s loft for free. (Truth: she’s living there for free too.) And she’s pissed off. So she does what any person would do after drinking solo on a Valentine’s Day and telling off the manager of a restaurant, she lets it all out — forgetting that a published post on her old band’s website means an automatic update is sent to everyone on their old mailing list.
Jo’s bitterly truthful post goes viral, and her life totally changes — in wildly awesome and complicated ways.
Since the internet plays such a huge part in Jo’s journey, I thought I would switch it up and do something more fun for this review.
Get ready, get set… my first review in tweets:
#lonelyheartsclub: main character/struggling musician/recent college grad Jo
just got fired by her dad & broken up by her boyfriend. ouch.
#lonelyheartsclub: love that Dad wants to push Jo to get her life together but his
tactics seem a bit harsh & too sudden?
#lonelyheartsclub: this book is so Long Island in some ways. Family dinners at
Italian restaurants and a lot of drama. Too funny.
#lonelyheartsclub: Brenda J. is great at families in books. Their dynamic (mom,
dad, brother) with Jo is so realistic. Crazy but caring.
#lonelyheartsclub: Jo is scared to sell out as a musician but needs to make money.
What is going to make her happy?
#lonelyheartsclub: Don’t drink and blog. Or should we?
#lonelyheartsclub: Helloooo Max. He’s cute and he talks computer? Love him.
#lonelyheartsclub: Jo gets wrapped up in this community she unexpectedly starts.
Lonely hearts bitching in one place. Internet success!
#lonelyheartsclub: Success gets to her head. Her dad is unhappy with her, Max is Jo’s
secret — this is all going to blow up in her face, right?
Love that #lonelyheartsclub is marketed as NA without heavy focus on sex.
Lots about success & independence. Finding your way. #nalit
Best friend award to Chloe who is brutally honest with Jo when she needs it the
most. She’s always looking out. #lonelyheartsclub
Song titles, finding your passion (& maybe getting paid for it?), romance, family,
internet, friendship = my fav things. #lonelyheartsclub
Brenda J.’s newest #nalit has heart, great lil details, and a main character who
does a lot of growing. Great read! #lonelyheartsclub
Also check out: Recipe for a Happy Life by Brenda Janowitz
Psst. I read an ARC eGalley of TLHC thanks to Polis Books!