#lonelyheartsclub: a review in tweets

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.

The Lonely Hearts Club by Brenda Janowitz


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

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Also check out: Recipe for a Happy Life by Brenda Janowitz

Psst. I read an ARC eGalley of TLHC thanks to Polis Books!

Estelle: Recipe for a Happy Life by Brenda Janowitz

Recipe for a Happy Life by Brenda JanowitzRecipe for a Happy Life by Brenda Janowitz ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 336
Target audience: adult
Keywords: summer in the Hamptons, mothers/daughters, moving forward
Format read: ARC eBook provided by author. (Thank you!)

Summary: After a mini-disaster, Hannah, a lawyer in NYC, escapes to the Hamptons for the summer to spend time with her grandmother and figure things out.

When it’s starting to get super frigid outside, there’s nothing like reading a book about the summertime.

Recipe for a Happy Life contains so many of the details I love to read about: the Hamptons, complicated grandmother/mother/ daughter relationships, and a perfect pinch of romance to spice things up.

Hannah is at her wit’s end when her boyfriend’s mother accuses her of trying to kill her boyfriend (it was a mistake! he’s alive!) and runs off to the comfort of her grandmother. Never being close with her always on the go, legendary photographer mother, Hannah finds comfort in her glamorous and generous grandmother (who has been married multiple times) and though she never feels like she can live up to her grandmother’s expectations, she is happy to be in her presence. (Even if this means attending parties she doesn’t want to go to and being dressed up in expensive clothes.)

As you can probably guess, Hannah’s hope for a “no drama” few months in the Hamptons is anything but. When she bumps into Nate, a guy she went to law school with and pretty much loathes, she can’t seem to get rid of him and soon realizes, maybe she doesn’t really want to. Then there’s her mother’s visit, countless frosty interactions and a hidden family secret that comes to the surface and threatens to break bonds just as more bad news comes crashing down.

It may seem like a lot (and it is, for one summer) but Janowitz balances all of the unfortunate news with some vibrant supporting characters like the charming Nate, rock star Jaime, and teenaged Hunter who injects a certain amount of innocence and comedy into these pages. I swear, his character is so memorable and I loved how Hunter and Hannah formed an unlikely (but much needed for both) bond during this summer. Janowitz’s attention to her secondary characters truly made Recipe for a Happy Life stand out amongst other beachy dramas.

This book was practically burning a hole in my bag. Every time I had to put it down, I couldn’t wait for the next free moment when I could pick it up again. All of the life-altering events that occur during Hannah’s summer seem so necessary to her growth as a person and also assisted her in letting go of old prejudices she had held onto for years. By the end of the book, she is more independent, more understanding of her family, and also has a clearer focus on what she wants for the future.

I am officially a Brenda Janowitz fan!

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