I’ve read Elizabeth Eulberg’s previous novels, and I have been intrigued enough to continue reading them. The author writes books mainly for young girls; the books focus on friendship, love, feminism, and self-discovery.
We Can Work It Out is a fantastic continuation of the previous book, The Lonely Hearts Club. Our main lead Penny Lane originally created The Lonely Hearts Club so girls wouldn’t use guys to define themselves. Now Penny is trying to find the right balance between independence and commitment. She is getting into the dating game again but she’s not exactly seeking commitment right now. She has made up her mind and is not going to stop for anyone, especially not some guy. But what happens when the right guy comes along? The title suits the book well and “working it out” is exactly what happens.
The male lead Ryan is honest, loving, hilarious, and just the type of guy Penny would like. The contemporary romance was sweet, and swoon worthy–Ryan was an incredible character. I loved how they both found comfort within each other–both were easy going and enjoyed joking with each other. I was rooting for them all the way! I did feel Penny tried too hard to maintain her image but I liked that her character had growth. At first, her insecurities were obvious but easy to understand at the same time. Her feelings were typical of what any female would feel about self-discovery and love.
I did enjoy reading this book for the most part and it was intriguing enough for me to finish it. I liked that it was infused with humor and think that a lot of young women – and women in general – would relate to Penny and her experiences. I thought the overall message of the book was great as well: you don’t always need a boyfriend to make you happy, but you can still have one and stay true to yourself.
I do think this book is more dramatic than the first one, but it does maintain the cuteness and empowerment of the series. We Can Work It Out is a great read about friendship, support, communities, love, and mainly being yourself.
Benish Khan has her B.A in Psychology and Religion from the University of New York. She’s a psychologist and artist by day, and a bookworm by night. She currently blogs at feministreflections.com.
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