Genre: Young-Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: March 9, 2010
If it weren’t for the fact that I adored I’ll Give You the Sun, I probably wouldn’t have gone close to this book. It follows a girl, Lennie, who is very sad and very lonely, mourning the recent death of her sister, and who somehow finds herself involved with two guys, Toby and Joe; the former being her sister’s boyfriend.
So not only does the novel require me to sit through another love-triangle (seriously writers, can we please be done with those already?), this time, it’s a very messed up love triangle because she’s got the hots for her dead sister’s boyfriend, who’s got the hots for her in return.
But, I would’ve let it slide. Because things were less about Lennie being interested in Toby (or vice versa) and more about the fact that she felt lonely in her grief and thought that he was the only one who understood. Her pain just manifested itself in a different way; even though there were other people who felt the same way and Lennie was simply being a self-absorbed twit; it happens. Grief is complicated, and I think the novel did a good joy of portraying it.
What I wasn’t okay with? Her complete betrayal of Joe. That pissed me off.
Speaking of Joe. He was… interesting. At first, I liked him. He was a joyful guy and an entertaining presence. But he was too joyful. His personality felt exaggerated. Like a wanna-be John Green character. His and Lennie’s romance was overblown and happened way too fast. There were cute moments, sure. But not enough real ones. Len and Joe were practically floating in their gushy feelings. Who needs a deep connection when you can just gaze at each other dreamily and make out, right?
I read that the author initially wanted to write the book in verse, and maybe it would have been better that way. Poetry is made for exaggerated moments.
Overall, this wasn’t exactly my kind of book. I liked some parts, the pace was good, and the prose was pretty. But it could have used some more… authenticity in the feeling department. As for recommending it, that’s entirely up to you.