I had a hard time putting this book down. Jandy Nelson captures each character perfectly - especially Lennie. There are so many things going on in this story. Lennie recently lost her sister and is just getting back to school when she meets Joe. At the same time she is struggling to move forward. The author conveys the guilt that Lennie feels (for everything that is happening and has happened) so clearly. There were times that I wanted to smack Lennie (namely for making out with Toby as I loved Joe) but I got it.Joe...what to say about him. Who doesn't love a guy who can write you songs and play the guitar (and the trumpet and clarinet...)? To find out he was collecting Lennie's poems and that this (along with his very own poem) is what made him loosen up on his "all or nothing" rule was great. It gave him a glimpse into all the things that were going on in Lennie's head that she refused to talk to anyone about.Highly recommend this book.