Lennie Walker is reeling from the death of her sister. Bailey was everything to Lennie, the racehorse to her companion pony self. She spends most of her time in The Sanctuary, the room they shared before her sister’s sudden death. Lennie, her grandma and Uncle Big are all struggling, and have been for a month.
When Lennie goes back to school, she finds a new boy has taken the school by storm. Everyone is talking about him, and when she finds him sitting in her seat in the band, she discovers why. All she can think is whoa…where did this guy come from? Soon, Joe starts showing up at her house in the morning with croissants and making coffee for her family. Why does he keep coming over? To complicate things further, Lennie and Troy, who was Bailey’s boyfriend, have begun to find comfort in each other.
This was exactly what I needed after reading a couple of post-apocalyptic books. It was deeply moving, where I could almost feel Lennie’s pain, but also funny and romantic. A great book–read it!