Lennie and Joe from The Sky Is Everywhere. If you've read this wonderful novel you'll know exactly why Lennie and Joe made my list, and if you haven't, you must. There's a reason why it's popping up on so many end of year lists. It's gorgeous and heartbreaking and it will make you ache and swoon.
I absolutely adore this novel, although my favorite aspect is the notes Lennie writes and leaves everywhere (they break my heart), Joe Fountaine is a close second. Imagine the boy that name should belong to and you have a good idea of Joe. Sweet, sensitive, funny, a stunning musician and owner of the worlds longest eye lashes; he's one of the swoon-worthist boys I've encountered this year.
I love Lennie too, I didn't always like her but I could always understand her. I just wanted to reach into the book and press her and Joe together. Talk about soul mates, these two are meant for each other, but do they end up together? You'll have to read the book to find out.
Here's a taste.
This is it - what all the hoopla is about, what Wuthering Heights is about is about -it all boils down to this feeling rushing through me in this moment with Joe as our mouths refuse to part. Who knew all this time I was one kiss away from being Cathy and Juliet and Elizabeth Bennet and Lady Chatterley!?
Any other admirers of Joe Fontaine out there?
Side note: If you haven't read this and are planning on buying it I recommended hunting down the UK copy (it;s the cover I used above) it's beautifully illustrated inside and the cover is lovely too, unlike the US edition which freaks me out!