Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @ bookslayerReads that features a standalone novel that you loved or would recommend. Be sure to check out her blog and original post by clicking on the above link! 😊
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 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.
Of course for my first Standalone Sunday post I had to feature The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson because of the fact that it is my favorite book. I say a lot that this book or that book is one of my favorites but this one is the top of the top. I’ve shamelessly recommended it so many times on my blog and to people in real life. It’s about life and grief and learning to live after having lost someone you were really close to. It’s also about family, one that isn’t all that typical. Plus it has these great poems that the main character writes that are used as a flashback of sorts. I laughed and cried while reading this book. It’s just perfect and I’ll continue to shamelessly recommend it haha.
Have you read The Sky is Everywhere? Did you like it? If you participate in Standalone Sunday be sure to link me to your post so I can see it. 😊