Publisher - Dial
Release Date - March 9, 2010
Number of Pages - 272
Source - Library
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 book was just okay for me. Nothing special.
I think that the author plotted a great storyline with some typical contemporary elements. There were some great twists! The start was a little slow, though.
The characters were all likeable and unique, however I did not develop strong emotional connections with them. Lennie was also a Mary Sue sometimes.
I wasn't too impressed with the setting. I didn't find it original, because this was probably the 5th, or so, book that I've read this year with the 'small town town in North Carolina' setting. There were also some unrealistic elements e.g. a bed in a middle of a forest, etc.
I was quite impressed with the style of writing! I thought it was situation appropriate and that the dialogue was very realistic. Also the poems that were in between chapters were awesome.
The pacing was a little slow at first, but it was perfect throughout the rest of the book.
Unfortunately I didn't really feel the 'wow' factor while reading this book. This book just didn't stand out for me.
The cover was very well designed and visually appealing! The paperback cover is even prettier!
Overall, it was okay.
Rating - B