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 sister Bailey. But when Bailey dies suddenly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, 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.
Character Development: 7/10
Overall Enjoyment: 7/10
Total Score: 53/70
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: Teen drinking and smoking
Sexual Content: Discussed
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Not really...
As I try to think of what to write in this review, my mind draws a complete blank. The truth is... I can't really decide if I liked this book or not. I loved the quirky voice, the adorable romance, and the unique setting, and I couldn't stop reading it. But when I sit back and try to make a decision: did I like this book? I don't know. And I don't really know why I don't know... that is what's making this review so difficult to write. Gah!
Okay. I'm just going to list what I do know about this novel:
- Jandy Nelson illustrates how the journey through grief is different for everyone, and how sadness can drive people to do the craziest things.
- Lennie was not confident in herself (which kind of annoyed me), but that changed over time.
- The poetry Lennie wrote on everything was super cool.
- I think this book sort of had a chick-flick feel about it... I dunno.
Well. This review is kind of horrible. But there you have it... my slim and scattered thoughts.