The Museum of Intangible Things

The Museum of Intangible Things

by Wendy Wunder


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“A crisp, beautifully crafted story of adventure, love, and the limits of friendship…”
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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595145765
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,235,144
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: HL770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Wendy Wunder (yes, that is her real name) is also the author of The Probability of Miracles. When she's not writing or spending time with her family, she teaches yoga in Boston.

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Praise for The Museum of Intangible Things

“A crisp, beautifully crafted story of adventure, love, and the limits of friendship…” –Booklist (Starred Review)

“A finely crafted blend of heartbreak and humor…” –Kirkus

“Hannah’s fluid narration will keep the pages turning until the novel’s complex and bittersweet conclusion.” -SLJ
“…beautifully explored…highly entertaining…Hand this to (girly) fans of Steven Chbosky.” -VOYA

“A cast of well-rounded and memorable characters and a realistic perspective on mental illness make for a thought-provoking story.” –PW

“Zoe is a complex character who in addition to being bipolar is also intelligent, loyal, and funny. Tragically, however, it’s Zoe’s illness that brings this outstanding novel—and an inspiring friendship—to a heartbreaking but inevitable conclusion.” –Horn Book

"By building an engrossing story with likable characters around a set of poetic, even philosophical, concepts, Wunder invites readers to consider the intangibles in their own lives." -BCCB 

“Nobody writes true, messy, gorgeous friendship like Wendy Wunder. The Museum of Intangible Things is wrenching and real.”
—Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love
The Museum of Intangible Things is the best kind of joyride: exhilarating and hilarious and full of heart. A must-read for anyone who has ever had - or longed for - a true best friend.” 
—Alexandra Coutts, author of Tumble and Fall


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The Museum of Intangible Things 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Museum of Intangible Things is a fun-loving, action-packed novel that perfectly captures the experience of being a teenager and wanting to add more excitement to your life. This novel follows two best friends, Hannah and Zoe, as they take a road trip across America, trying to escape from their suffocating and depressing lives at home in New Jersey. Throughout their journey, they run into many mishaps as Zoe attempts to teach Hannah about life’s intangible things; a subject Hannah doesn’t seem to know much about. Although slightly dark subjects are brought up, including Hannah’s drunken father and Zoe’s mental illness, this novel manages to stay very humorous and entertaining. In my opinion, the entire story is extremely relatable. Although I haven’t been put in the same situations myself, the book is fairly realistic and the character’s emotions and thoughts are very much like my own. Overall, I really enjoyed reading the book. I loved experiencing everything with the girls and laughing along with them as they got involved in crazy situations. At one point in the story, they traveled to Lucas County in Ohio, where I happen to live. I thought this was super cool and surprising that such a random place was included in their road trip. Also, they made references to some of my favorite movies, including Grease and High School Musical, which only added to how relatable it is. If I had to complain about anything, it would be the unrealistic and confusing ending. I also wish that the author included more of the romance between Hannah and Danny. Personally, I get into books a lot more when there is romance involved, and I felt that the couple’s relationship was just somewhat underdeveloped. However, these are just two small factors in a highly well-written story and shouldn’t represent it as a whole. In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. If they enjoy adventure, friendship, and a hint of romance then they would love it without a doubt.
a00 More than 1 year ago
The Museum of Intangible Things is such an eye opening book. It is a more real look into the lives of teenagers who are not as fortunate. The road trip that the girls embarked on was lacked the over used tory line of a fun spur of the moment glamorous adventure with two young and madly in love characters. That was the beauty of it. Although the girls did have some fun the trip was more than that. Wunder taught readers of life lessons that were beautiful and showed the bonding of two characters. Hannah and Zoe grew as people through out the book and did the people who joined them on their adventure (the readers). The beauty of this book was not in the sweet fantasized story but in the realness of it. It left me wanting more lessons of intangible things. I will forever be grateful for Wunder creating these lovely characters and for Hannah and Zoe for teaching me so many things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I love realistic fiction and I thought this book was filled with great characters that you can really connect to! I loved it and I think you should check it out!
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
I had really high hopes for The Museum of Intangible Things because I loved Wendy Wunder's previous novel, The Probability of Miracles (Review here). First of all, she is blessed with beautiful book covers as well as very memorable book titles! The Museum of Intangible Things first got my attention because of the road trip aspect. You guys know how much I love road trips in my books! also, it is a best friend novel and I sometimes love my friendship books, void of romance. Overall, I did enjoy this book but I did have a couple of issues with it that didn't allow me to enjoy this novel as much as her previous one. This book fails to mention something very important, that it deals with a psychological disorder. One of the friends, Zoe, has bipolar syndrome. The road trip.. wasn't a fun road trip, it was about doing whatever Zoe wanted, and Hannah following her and hoping she doesn't drive off the edge this time. I do like her loyalty to her best friend, it is something I admire very much, but I hoped the way everything was handled had been handled differently. Also, the road trip? took over 100 pages for it to happen. You guys know how much I dislike when the synopsis mentions something that doesn't happen immediately in the book. I would have preferred not knowing they'll be going on a road trip because I was waiting for it as soon as I started reading. Also, the writing made me a bit uncomfortable, maybe it was how true it was to what teenagers think and go through nowadays but I just disliked the way these characters talked and thought.. it made me like them a bit less (am I making sense) but maybe this is just a case of "it's not you, it's me" where the author purposely did this to not romanticize teens' lives because I know we all want our YA characters to live happily ever after. However there are things I highly enjoyed in this novel and the first is the labeling of every chapter. Through the road trip, Zoe is teaching Hannah to ease up on life and to, for once, think about herself instead of her sorry excuse of a dad and barely present mother. I really liked the connection between the two girls and how even in the middle of all the crap they're going through, they still stuck by each other and wanted the best for each other (yes, even Zoe who tends to get her way with things). It was basically two girls against the world and it was refreshing to read YA contemporary novel with minimal romance (yes, there is a very diluted romance in there). I would definitely recommend it to contemporary fans who want to try something different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful and exceptional expression of love and friendship.