Oh, the publishers had fun with this one. When the first copy arrived at the library the techs were not at all happy to see the little strip of elastic or the plastic cover that rejected all stickers. It is almost as though it was purposely put together to avoid library circulation. But the story inside is a real gem, and lots of readers are agreeing with me.
Lennie may be only 17, but her older sister has just died of heart failure. That’s not supposed to happen to young people just starting out on their lives. The family, consisting of Gran, Uncle Big, and Lennie are pretty broken up and none of them really know how to adjust to the changes in their life. One beautiful, memorable line from the book has Lennie wondering, – what does a companion pony do when the racehorse dies? In these few words, Nelson tells us all about the relationship between these two sisters.
But Lennie is also 17, and at that age hormones cannot be ignored. When the gorgeous new guy arrives at school from France, Lennie gets distracted from her grief. However, there is no way she is emotionally stable enough right now to commit to a real relationship. The question is whether Joe will wait until she is ready.
This is really a teen romance, but with a serious side. Yes, here the grief process is different from Beautiful Monster that I reviewed yesterday, but not every person is going to grieve in the same way. Lennie does indulge in some risky behaviour, but its not life threatening, just inappropriate and guilty.
This is a good read and I promise it won’t make you think too hard. I have suggested 15+, but I know many 12-15s are reading and enjoying it as well.