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.
Okay, so where it moved me was mostly toward anger. But it was in a nice way, like, “Hey, this book is making me feel.” Which is kinda powerful stuff.
I don’t want to spoil you, but…stop reading if you don’t want a hint…it included two of my least favorite topics. Fill in the blanks for yourselves if you can. These topics anger me.
I had some bad names for the main character’s actions, but her personality? Loved it. The voice here is just…perfect. She thinks like I think, full of hyperbole. If you haven’t noticed, hyperbole is my FAVORITE. She doesn’t just fall in love — she’s the first person to fall in love like this ever and the birds are chirping and following her around like Cinderella. This amuses me to no end.
So while the topic and themes didn’t appeal to me, I definitely recommend you read this book stat, as the writing and mastery of the teen voice were just superb. Bring on Nelson’s next book!