In the Museum of Heartbreak, Penelope Marx explains her first experience with heartbreak. She tells the tale of her experience through tokens she collects along the way. At first, Pen is a hopeless romantic. She believes there will be someone out there who is absolutely perfect for her. She falls in love with Keats, a boy from school who "supposedly" is perfect for her. They date and spend lovely evenings in cozy bookstores and coffee shops. Her best friends, Ephraim and Audrey, both go through huge life changes that make Pen realize the importance of selflessness and learning from your mistakes.
Meg Leder does a brilliant job compelling readers with the structure of this story. She introduces characters with style and weaves an intricate tale full of the ups and downs that we call life. The main character, Pen, has a lovely personality full of fragile innocence worn through her first experiences of love and the hardships that life brings.