“The sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet.”
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.
First and foremost, the summary that Goodreads has provided makes this book look like a girl caught in the middle of a fluffy, angst-ridden love triangle. THIS BOOK IS NOT THAT. It’s a book about growth, self-discovery, and most importantly, it deals with the subject of grief. (And it deals with it beautifully, might I add.)
Our main girl’s name is Lennie. She’s dealing with the recent death of her sister, and I promise you, she was the most irritating and frustrating character at the start of the book. Sometimes we forget that things like that are understandable, since her sister/best friend just died.
She deals with her grief by spending time with Toby, her (dead) sister’s boyfriend. They share their grief. With Toby, she is able to remember and cherish her loving sister. Then she meets, Joe. Musical genius Joe. He is the ray of sunshine that Lennie needs. He helps her forget about the grief, and leads her to the path of light. With these two boys, she is able to deal with her grief and move on.
The unique thing about this book is the writing style. It’s very lyrical and poetic. Think of it as a combination of Shatter Me and We Were Liars with a contemporary vibe. It takes a while to get used to, but believe me when I say that it’s worth it.
The most impressive thing about this book is the extensive character development that Lennie goes through. She’s always been her sister’s shadow. Throughout the book, you’ll see her grow, and you can’t help but root for her. She will make mistakes, but that’s the best part of the book. Jandy Nelson has written such a real (and funny) character, unlike the unrealistic fantasies that YA books present nowadays. At one point I didn’t even care about the romance. I was just rooting for Lennie. Towards the end of the book, you will see such a strong and empowered character and it was very beautiful.
Overall, this book is phenomenal. If you like books with immense character development with a bit of humor, this is definitely for you!
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