Book Title: The Museum of Intangible Things
Author: Wendy Wunder
Page Count: 292
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.
I picked up this book because of the cover. (I love flowers on the covers of books.) And when I read the synopsis about two friends going on a road trip, I knew I had to get it and figured I couldn’t go wrong with a good road trip book. I was sadly mistaken. This book should be labeled as a “mental illness” genre as well because I feel like it goes more with that genre than with “road trip”.
This story follows our main character Hannah and her best friend Zoe. Unfortunately there is no mention of a road trip whatsoever until about 110 pages into the book. Zoe has a bipolar disorder and keeps claiming that “aliens” are coming to abduct her in the form of lightning. Hannah is a good friend at first but then later proves to me that she may not be the friend I thought she was. Which brings me to the romance in this book. ICK! The romance is so weird and awkward and kind of gross in my opinion. Danny is the boy Hannah has been crushing on for 5 something years and when they do finally start hanging out, he proves that he likes her by grabbing her hand and placing it on his crotch. What? And she has no reaction. Later on when Zoe is missing, Hannah decides that it’s good time to hook-up with the boy. Seriously? Your best friend has a bipolar disorder and she ran away and now is the time to do that? Hannah’s actions irritated me so much. Zoe was the one who wanted to go on the road trip because something happened with a boy at a party. The story never tells us what happened at said party. She is also running away because her mother wants to put her back in the rehab center to get her help. In my opinion Hannah should not have agreed to go. She knows her friend needs help and she should be the a good friend and get her that help.
Overall, this story was just so bad. It’s probably the worst book that I’ve read and that is in no offense to anyone who did it enjoy it. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. It just wasn’t for me.