Today on Book Magpie I am lucky enough to be the second stop on Meg Leder’s ‘The Museum of Heartbreak’ tour.
and I have not one but two exciting things for you in this post!
Yes! am i spoiling you or what?
“the Museum of Heartbreak explores the giddy confusion, inevitable sadness and sheer joy of growing up and falling in love”
First up is an exclusive article written by Meg where she shares her memories of being young and in love. I’m sure we all have our own memories of those, good and bad.
secondly I have a giveaway! Yes indeedy, you could win a copy of The Museum of Heartbreak itself. Dont worry, i’ll just wait quietly while you scream, do a happy dance and run around the room…….
Right, all calm again? lets get this thing done.
Over to you Meg
Five Best Memories of Being Young and in Love (Or at Least Like)
I don’t know that I’ll ever have crushes like the ones I had when I was a growing up.
When I was younger, falling in love (or like!) was a desperate, full-time affair. I felt it fully, keenly, in every part of me, all the time. It was either the most wonderful thing in the world or the most painful, but it was always the most.
Now, I’m more cautious in letting myself fall. I don’t give my heart out so freely—I’ve found that mending the bruises and scars of falling in love gets harder and harder the older you get. But part of me misses that glorious feeling of letting go, of falling without worrying about being hurt, of feeling things so deeply.
Writing The Museum of Heartbreak was a way to revisit that feeling of letting go. In it, my main character Penelope opens her heart to a new crush, new friends, and eventually falling in love with someone she doesn’t quite expect. It’s terrifying and exciting—she’s at peak “the most” throughout the book.
In writing the novel, I had to tap into some of my earliest memories of crushing and falling in love… I think readers will find bits of these (or the feelings of “the most” they evoke) throughout the book.
- Listening to “Somebody” by Depeche Mode. When I was in high school, this song was the ultimate yearning song for me. I remember spending hours laying on my bedroom floor, listening to it (on cassette tape) and dreaming of the day I’d meet somebody like the person the singer was describing.
- The first time I asked a boy out. Sophomore year in high school, I had a huge crush on Joe*, a junior from the nearby all-boys high school. I decided I wanted to ask him to my sophomore dance, and I was so terrified to call him, I wrote out the entire conversation before I even picked up the phone. When I came downstairs sobbing an hour later, my mom was shocked to learn that it wasn’t because he’d said no to the dance, only that he wasn’t home.
- The first time a boy sang to me and it was wonderful. For my senior year Christmas Ball, my date Michael* whisper-sang Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight” to me when we were slow dancing. It was the first time in my life that I felt like I was in a movie, and that I felt actually beautiful.
- The first time an unexpected guy said something super romantic to me. In college, I went on a Habitat for Humanity trip for spring break. On the trip, I met a gruff but tender-hearted boy with a deep Southern accent. On our last night there, in front of everyone, he declared, “Even though I just met you, I’d do anything for you, short of smokin’ someone.” I still need to find a way to work that line into a novel!
- The first time I kissed a guy I was in love with. I didn’t fall in real, head-over-heels love for the first time until I was in my early 20s. The guy was Henry*–a brown-haired boy I would have moved the moon for. On an early date, he leaned over to kiss me, and I didn’t know he was making a move, and he got the side of my face instead! But then I found his lips, and it was magical and amazing, and I actually cried when I got home that night because I felt it all so deeply (full circle from sophomore year!).
* Names changed for the sake of time and not to further mortify my teenage self.
Wasn’t that great? and now for the giveaway. You could soon be reading Meg’s great new novel too.
Simply enter via the Rafflecopter below. The comp is open for 1 week ending at midnight on Tuesday 7th June.
Its open to everyone! worldwide! so get entering immediately!
Thanks to Meg for writing the fab article above and I hope your book goes supersonic when its published!
Dont forget to visit the other stops on the tour. Tomorrow, its the wonderful Michelle at Tales of Yesterday