Rating: PG-13 (two F-bombs and hints about sexual activity, but it doesn't get graphic.)
Summary: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.
My Thoughts: One of my new favorite books! I couldn't believe this was a first novel. It's so moving. She writes incredibly well, and there's a poem at the beginning of each chapter, written so exquisitely I sometimes read them several times. Lennie is an amazing character, but it doesn't stop there. Her Gram and her uncle are both slightly whacky. It's amazing how well Lennie's grief and her journey to get past it is captured so well in the pages of this book. Lennie has a bit of a love triangle going because her shared grief with Toby kind of turns into passion, and then she has this amazingly talented, beautiful boy named Joe who she is so ridiculously in love with. Seriously, after reading the parts about how she feels about Joe, I was a romantic mess! In a good way of course. Anyone who has ever experienced any kind of heartache, love, or who has a sister would enjoy reading this book. Sometimes the poems I read made me think of my sisters. I want this book!!!