Author: Jandy Nelson
Publisher: Dial, 288 pages
Publication Date: March 9, 2010
Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life - and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie's own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they're the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can't collide without the whole wide world exploding.
This remarkable debut is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Francesca Lia Block. Just as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, Lennie's struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable.
A wonderful novel about loss, grief, love, and hope. I felt every single emotion Lennie was feeling along with her. She is devastated by the sudden death of her sister Bailey and the only person who understands her grief is Toby, Bailey's boyfriend. She starts a relationship with him but at the same time, she meets Joe, who she falls in love with. Definitely a messy situation. I felt so bad for Toby and Lennie and I completely understood why they turned to each other (they are both so lost), but at the same time I was cringing and it hurt thinking about Joe. Joe with his constant smile...loved him so much. His eyelashes. Bat. Bat. Bat.
I loved Lennie's grandmother and her uncle, who are eccentric and weird and wonderful. Such great secondary characters. And finally, I loved the notes and poems Lennie wrote about Bailey on anything she could and left everywhere. And the ending...just perfect. Highly recommend.
Posted by: Pam