Review ~ The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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Beautiful story. The whole thing read like a giant poem, the words so musical and precious they wafted right through my heart. I loved everything about it. The characters’s quirks, the poems, the references to the sky and the weather, the righting on everything, the pain and suffering. It was all so real and so relatable and just so fricken beautiful!
This was heartbreaking and amazing and bittersweet. The characters deal with grief and confusion and self-discovery and love. I honestly cannot do this review justice, it was that amazing.
I recommend this for everyone.