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The Lonely Hearts Club
     

The Lonely Hearts Club

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by Brenda Janowitz
 

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Jo Waldman lives life to her own soundtrack—working for her father by day while pursuing her music career in NYC’s downtown clubs at night. Music is her passion, along with her boyfriend, Jesse, who shares her dreams of making it big. Jo's old band, The Lonely Hearts Club, came thisclose to getting a huge recording contract, and she’s just biding her

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Jo Waldman lives life to her own soundtrack—working for her father by day while pursuing her music career in NYC’s downtown clubs at night. Music is her passion, along with her boyfriend, Jesse, who shares her dreams of making it big. Jo's old band, The Lonely Hearts Club, came thisclose to getting a huge recording contract, and she’s just biding her time, waiting for lightning to strike twice. The music business is tough, but so is Jo.

So when Jo's father fires her and Jesse breaks up with her, Jo doesn’t get upset—she just wants to rage. Dusting off her computer, Jo writes a blog entry, pouring her heart out about the shortcomings of love. Except that no sooner does Jo hit “upload” than the site sends a mass e-mail to the entire Lonely Hearts mailing list, alerting everybody Joe has ever met that she's been brutally dumped. All Jo wants to do is hide under the covers, but to her surprise, supportive e-mails start flowing in—many of them from complete strangers. Apparently, her anti-love rant has struck a chord. The Lonely Hearts Club Blog develops a huge following, even capturing the eye of Jo’s sworn nemesis, bubble gum pop princess Amber Fairchild. Jo soon becomes an icon for all things “anti-love,” and at her fans' request, she begins to plan The Lonely Hearts Club Ball—a massive anti-love Valentine's Day party to end all parties.

Jo quickly becomes the poster girl for lonely hearts, and it inspires her to start writing music again. There's only one problem: the web programmer helping Jo with her site is simply dreamy. Jo's never been very good at depriving herself of anything, but if this budding romance is exposed, she'll be revealed as an 'anti-love' fraud and risk losing all the people who have grown trust her voice. So is it time to start singing love songs, or time to pick up the guitar and return to the hard rock that almost got The Lonely Hearts signed in the first place? Either way, Jo's got some big decisions to make, and it looks like she's going to have to take one step closer to doing something she never thought she'd do—becoming a grownup.

From Brenda Janowitz, author of the beloved Brooke Miller novels SCOT ON THE ROCKS and JACK WITH A TWIST comes another uproariously funny and heartfelt story that will ring true to anyone who's dug themselves into a hole only to find that getting out is where you least expect it.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Gregory Paglia
"This sweet story from Janowitz (Scot on the Rocks; Jack with a Twist) is about growing up, letting go, and figuring out what your future should be. The series of hard knocks Jo suffers shake her out of her all-too-comfortable rut in a way that makes her a heroine worth following. Recommended for new adult romance fans." --Library Journal

Praise for books by Brenda Janowitz:

SCOT ON THE ROCKS

"(A) rollicking debut novel...A breezy romantic comedy with plenty of laughs." --Booklist

"A quick and entertaining read. The main character's theatrical, high-energy personality comes through loud and clear, but it is Janowitz's secondary characters that develop and grow smoothly, rounding out the plot. Readers will enjoy the scheming, shopping and well-used irony that make up this New York tale." --RT Book Reviews

"Winner, Most Humorous Novel." --Chick Lit Club.com

“[A] laugh-out-loud debut novel." --Kristin Harmel, author of The Sweetness of Forgetting

JACK WITH A TWIST

"A funny, sweet romance." --Marian Keyes

"Anotherfun-filled page-turner from Brenda. Every bit as sparkling as the champagne that the bride-to-be's mother is so fond of." --Carole Matthews

"Nothing less than stellar...What else can I say? Get this book, read it, and love it!" --Fresh Fiction

Library Journal
06/15/2014
First, Jo Waldman is fired—by her father. Then "dear old dad" takes away both her car and her downtown Manhattan apartment—until she can afford them with her own money. Last, Jo's boyfriend dumps her. In a drunken rage, she posts on her old band's website, letting her hatred of all things related to "love" spill out all over the Internet; Facebook, Twitter, and Tumbler all get a piece of Jo's mind. It seems everyone wants to share the "no love" message. The only problem is that the "love is bad" queen is discovering that love is actually good—with her web designer. VERDICT The series of hard knocks Jo suffers shake her out of her all-too-comfortable rut in a way that makes her a heroine worth following. [Xpress Reviews, 5/2/14.]—Marlene Harris, Seattle P.L.
From the Publisher
"This sweet story from Janowitz is about growing up, letting go, and figuring out what your future should be. The series of hard knocks Jo suffers shake her out of her all-too-comfortable rut in a way that makes her a heroine worth following. Recommended for new adult romance fans." —Library Journal

"Very entertaining." —Chick Lit Club

"The Lonely Hearts Club is a great light read, meant for anyone who loves a good romantic story with some dramatic flair. The more I think about this story and contemplate it, the more I realized just how much it even inspired me. Taking your pain and turning it into something positive is very empowering and a great message." —Novel Escapes

"I will definitely have to go and discover more of Janowitz’s writing, she has that easy, enjoyable writing style I love and I adored the music refrences, and song titles for the chapter names, it was a fantastic read." —Girls Love To Read

"From the opening line, I was hooked. I liked how the story was delivered, and how imperfect (Jo) was. There are so many other things I could mention that added up to The Lonely Hearts Club being an interesting and relatable reading experience but then I don't want to spoil it for you. All I can say is Brenda did a good job in writing such a good story and fans of coming of age novels will surely be delighted by this one." —Itching For Books

"Brenda Janowitz does it again! The Lonely Hearts Club is pure fun!" —Traveling With T

"Brenda Janowitz's newest has heart, great details, and a main character who does a lot of growing. Great read!" —Rather Be Reading

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781940610023
Publisher:
Polis Books
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
386,367
File size:
980 KB

Meet the Author

A native New Yorker, Brenda Janowitz has had a flair for all things dramatic since she played the title role in her third grade production of Really Rosie. When asked by her grandmother if the experience made her want tobe an actress when she grew up, Brenda responded, “An actress? No. A writer, maybe.”

Brenda attended Cornell University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Human Service Studies, with a Concentration in Race and Discrimination. After graduating from Cornell, she attended Hofstra Law School, where she was amember of the Law Review and won the Law Review Writing Competition. Upon graduation from Hofstra, she went to work for the law firm Kaye Scholer, LLP, where she was an associate in the Intellectual Property group, handling cases in the areas of trademark, anti-trust, internet, and false advertising. Brenda later left Kaye Scholer to pursue a federal clerkship with the Honorable Marilyn Dolan Go, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

Brenda is the author of Scot On The Rocks and Jack With A Twist, featuring Manhattan attorney Brooke Miller, both of which are available from Polis Books. Her third novel, Recipe For A Happy Life, was recently published by St. Martin’s Press. Her work has also appeared in the New York Post and Publisher’s Weekly. You can find Brenda on Facebook or on Twitter at @BrendaJanowitz.

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The Lonely Hearts Club 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Jo is a daughter who has received quite a bit of help from her parents and at the time where the story begins  her father is ready to cut the strings and have her try to live on her own.  At the same time she has a boyfriend who wants other things in life - namely not her and her job situation is quite poor, so Jo must work on all areas in this book and hopefully come out on top! First, I love that love wasn't the only speed bump in Jo's road of life - the job and family were also issues that she had to deal with.  I felt like the author perfectly combined all the dramas where nothing overshadowed the other, but it also didn't feel too dramatic.