We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg

Posted January 22, 2015 by Sara | Novel Novice 0 Comments

Elizabeth Eulberg returns to the Beatles-inspired romantic comedy that launched her writing career, with We Can Work It Out, a charming and delightful follow-up to her debut novel, The Lonely Hearts Club.

we can work it outWhen Penny Lane started The Lonely Hearts Club, the goal was simple: to show that girls didn’t need to define themselves by how guys look at them, and didn’t have to value boyfriends over everything else. Penny thought she’d be an outcast for life…but then the club became far more popular than she ever imagined it would be.

But what happens when the girl who never thought she’d date a good guy suddenly finds herself dating a great one? She doesn’t need a boyfriend… but she wants it to work out with this particular boyfriend. And he wants it to work out with her.

Only, things keep getting in the way. Feelings keep getting hurt. Words keep getting misunderstood.

Penny Lane worked hard to declare her independence. Now she needs to figure out what to do with it — and how to balance what she wants with what everyone else wants. In We Can Work It Out, Elizabeth Eulberg returns to the world of her first novel, The Lonely Hearts Club, and gets to the heart of how hard relationships can be… and why they are sometimes worth all the drama and comedy they create.

Eulberg is the queen of the YA rom-com, and We Can Work It Out is a shining example of her mastery of this fun and light-hearted genre. She cleverly tackles the ups and downs of a relationship, spotlighting the struggle I think everyone has: balancing couple-time with friendships, family, and other responsibilities. (Lord knows, it’s something my husband and I are always working on!)

It’s hard to read We Can Work It Out (or any of Eulberg’s books, really) without a smile on your face — even as you cringe through some of Penny’s more embarrassing situations. She remains an instantly likeable, easily-relatable character — one who readers can root for, and learn from.

It was also easy to dive into We Can Work It Out, and reconnect with Penny and her friends — despite several years having passed since first reading The Lonely Hearts Club. Eulberg does an excellent job of orienting readers and making sure no one feels lost — whether you’ve read The Lonely Hearts Club recently, or ages ago.

We Can Work It Out is a delightful charmer that’s not to be missed. Look for it in stores, January 27th.

Sara | Novel Novice

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