Hi guys! I’m thrilled to be back on Three Scoops of Summer, Simon & Schuster Canada’s fantastic summer blog tour. Today I’ve got Meg Leder here, author of The Museum of Heartbreak, an adorable-sounding YA contemporary releasing June 7th. Meg is here to talk about her favorite 80s and 90s romance movies – many of which she shares with her protagonist!
Read on for more about the book, Meg, and these movies. If you’re Canadian, don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway – you could win The Museum of Heartbreak, The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, or The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian!
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In this ode to all the things we gain and lose and gain again, seventeen-year-old Penelope Marx curates her own mini-museum to deal with all the heartbreaks of love, friendship, and growing up.
Welcome to the Museum of Heartbreak.
Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face to face with the devastating, lonely-making butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak.
Heartbreak comes in all forms: There’s Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy who couldn’t be more perfect for her. There’s possibly the worst person in the world, Cherisse, whose mission in life is to make Penelope miserable. There’s Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend Audrey. And then there’s Penelope’s other best friend, the equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing Eph, who has been all kinds of confusing lately.
But sometimes the biggest heartbreak of all is learning to let go of that wondrous time before you ever knew things could be broken.
Hi! I’m Meg Leder, and I’m honored to be writing a guest post for Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit, to celebrate the publication of The Museum of Heartbreak. In my book, the main character Penelope deals with all types of heartbreak—from her first breakup to realizing how much her core friendships are changing to discovering her parents are people like the rest of us. She’s also a huge fan of 80s and 90s movies, thanks to her parents and her best friend Eph. Like Penelope, I’m a sucker for these things too, so I wanted to share some of my favorite love stories on screen, many of which I share with Pen!
I was in eighth grade when this first came out, and I was immediately hooked. Gilbert Blythe became my touchstone for everything I wanted when I first fell in love. I also love how Anne has such a strong friendship with Diana, her “bosom friend.”
Romeo and Juliet is my favorite Shakespeare play, and I think this version is magic, especially the dream aquarium scene when they first meet. The blue light, the music, Claire Danes’ angel wings, Leo’s messy hair? Perfect.
Has there ever been a better John Hughes movie? The perfect story of two best friends who discover their friendship changing.
Lloyd Dobbler + a boom box + “Say Anything” = one of the most romantic scenes in a movie ever.
Buffy saying goodbye to Angel at the Hellmouth is one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever seen. Sarah Michelle Gellar is an excellent crier, and the look on Angel’s face as she deals the final blow (trying to stay spoiler free!) is devastating. I used to keep the episode on my DVR for when I needed a good cry session.
I’ve seen this movie at least two dozen times. I love everything about it: the often-cheesy dialogue, Billy Zanes’ over-the- top villainy, Kathy Bates’ plucky Molly Brown, ever one of Kate Winslet’s gorgeous dresses. But most of all, I love how the movie captures the burgeoning romance between Jack and Rose, and shows how first love can shape your whole love.
Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing, Meg! We totally have the same taste in movies since I’ve watched all but one of these (Some Kind of Wonderful is missing from my John Hughes education, must rectify soon! And by the way, Sixteen Candles is my fave JH movie. =p). Are you guys loving her picks? If this is what Penelope loves, I definitely have to get this book!
Simon & Schuster Canada are generously offering some amazing prizes for Canadian readers: you can win finished copies of Meg’s book The Museum of Heartbreak, Morgan Matson’s The Unexpected Everything, or Siobhan Vivian’s The Last Boy and Girl in the World. Sign up to win below!
And if you’re interested in Morgan Matson, please check out my #UnexpectedlyEpic #MorganMatsonWeek for more bookish fun and giveaways!