Overall: 88/100 or B
Lennie Walker used to be a bookworm and a clariet player in the shadow of her older and more bold sister, Bailey. That is until Bailey's heart fails her and Lennie is left to deal with the aftermath of Bailey's death. She is stuck in a hole of grief that she can never get out of. Then she reconnects through Bailey's ex-boyfriend Toby and this new guy in town named Joe Fountaine. Toby helps her reconnect with her sister, and she finds someone that actually understands her. While Joe who is a musical genius, helps distract her from the grief that plagues her. Even though they seem to help her, she feels gulity for moving on her life and having to learn to live with out her sister.
Lennie Walker was an amazing character. I could understand what she was going through, because I have lost my sister and know how it is impossible to get over the mountain of grief that stays with you everyday and you have to slowly accept it. Her voice really shined through out the book. Toby was like someone that I knew when I went to school. He was sweet and you could tell how much he loved Bailey. Joe was also so sweet, but at time I didn't think he understood what Lennie was going through. Also, I loved that he called Lennie, John Lennon. The plot was based on the finding soulitude in a world that is full of grief. Emotions of love, lost, and the bonds of sisterhood are explored in this book. I found it to be a honest and sweet book that I really liked. I found this book to be orginal in the way that grief was dealt with, which is honest, because we all don't have a text book way of grieving. Also, the poems added to the orginality, because it explained Lennie and Bailey's relathionship in a simple and lovely way. Nelson had a fantastic debut. Her story was emotional, original, and honest that displayed what lost really was like. I would recommend this book to fans of Willow and Thirteen Reasons Why.