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.
This book came into my life through my friend Alicia who recommended it to me (at Un-lic-ed ).
This is a wonderful story of a young girl dealing with the sudden death of her older sister, at the same time dealing with her new relationship with her sister’s boyfriend, and also finding her way in an incredible love story of her own that rival Heathcliff and Catherine’s.
Nelson’s writing is clear wringing out the humor and the heartbreak, but also streaming with hope and love and joy and vastness. This is an incredible story! I cried and laughed, and wept with the Walkers and have come out at the end with tears, but knowing that everything will be okay … because the sky is everywhere.