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Publication Date: April 10, 2014
Loyalty. Envy. Obligation. Dreams. Disappointment. Fear. Negligence. Coping. Elation. Lust. Nature. Freedom. Heartbreak. Insouciance. Audacity. Gluttony. Belief. God. Karma. Knowing what you want (there is probably a French word for it). Saying Yes. Destiny. Truth. Devotion. Forgiveness. Life. Happiness (ever after).
Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything—their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community college—behind them.
As they chase storms and make new friends, Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. She wants her to live bigger, dream grander, aim higher. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity, insouciance, karma, and even happiness.
An unforgettable read from the acclaimed author of The Probability of Miracles, The Museum of Intangible Things sparkles with the humor and heartbreak of true friendship and first love.
The Museum of Intangible Things was exactly what I expected from Wendy Wunder - a depressing book, but not a bad one. I'm not sure if it was the way it was written, or the situation that it described, but it was definitely an interesting read.
Our main character, Hannah, was very pliable, but she was likable. She was just a bit misguided - and I imagine the reasoning behind that was the simple fact that she chose to follow Zoe. Hannah made a lot of bad decisions, but I think in the end she really grew up.
I didn't care for the romance between her and Danny, though. I didn't feel any chemistry, and there was a bit of instalove going on, to be completely honest. I didn't feel the development of any actual feelings between them, which was sad. I was hoping for a good love story. (Although, in the end, there was a great explanation to some of this.)
You remember how I mentioned Zoe earlier? Well, we're going to talk about her now. While I don't approve of a lot of the things that Zoe did, I think she did her best to be a good friend to Hannah. And I understand that Zoe had a lot of problems, but she really helped Hannah to break out of her shell, and that was a great achievement. She was okay, really.
All in all, The Museum of Intangible Things was an interesting read. I didn't expect the ending, but it was actually really perfect for a read like this one: completely unexpected.