Eulberg, Elizabeth. We Can Work It Out. Scholastic Press/Point 2015 311p $17.99 ISBN 978-0-545-65461-6 ms/hs Realistic fiction VG
This story illustrates how difficult it is to balance your life when you are a busy teenage girl trying to maintain a relationship. The “Club” takes up an inordinate amount of Penny’s time, and Ryan’s never-ending understanding seems somewhat unbelievable. In addition, how many teenage girls would sacrifice a potentially great boyfriend to a club, or anything else, for that matter? A simple, fluffy writing style and an otherwise breezy storyline make this a fun, quick read. There is nothing inappropriate in the story that would keep it out of a middle-school collection, where no doubt it will find its readership with those who enjoy chick-lit.
Summary: This story, the sequel to The Lonely Hearts Club, finds Penny Lane trying to balance a boyfriend, The Lonely Hearts Club, and the rest of her life.
Romance-Fiction --Lynne Fisher