Synopsis: 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 is the first book I have read by Jandy Nelson and I can now say I’m a fan of her work! Jandy has an incredible gift of making her readers feel the emotions that the characters are going through. With beautiful writing and wonderful characters, you’ll be sure to fall in love with this book!
Throughout the book, we follow Lennie, a band geek and bookworm, as she grieves her sister’s sudden death. A major part of Lennie’s grieving is her constant attraction to every guy. As we follow Lennie’s emotional journey, we learn about her family members’ struggles as well.
During the story, Lennie begins to obtain an attraction towards her sisters boyfriend, Toby. As her and Toby begin to have a secret relationship, Lenny feels less secure around Toby and more guilty because of her feelings towards her dead sister’s boyfriend. Along the way, Lennie also meets Joe, the dreamy band geek that most girls want. Joe begins to pursue Lennie and she begins to feel the same way. When facing the attraction of two guys, Lennie is enduring a confusing situation.
I shipped Joe and Lennie to a massive extent! They were the perfect dorky couple! I couldn’t help the cringe on my face when Lennie would go see Toby. Mostly I felt annoyed by Toby because he knew how messed up it was for him to pursue Lennie but he continued to do it. There was even a time when Lennie told him it was not right but he still came back. Despite that, there were a few times when I felt conflicted towards both boys.
Despite my disliking of love triangles, Jandy made the triangle less irritating. Overall, it was an incredible read filled with emotion! I look forward to reading more of her books because I enjoy her writing style.