Book Review: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Friday April 2, 2010

The Sky is Everywhere
by Jandy Nelson
March 9, 2010
Dial Books
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.

Review:, wow, wow...seriously, I just finished this book and I am sitting here wondering how long I should wait before reading it again. The perfect combination of love and heartbreak to the point that I don't know what prevails more, tears of sadness or the achingly sweet remembrance of first love.

One of the many great things about this book is that in each chapter we get to read a poem of remembrance  that Lennie has written about a Baily. A genius way to show us how close they were considering Baily has just died as the story begins. Lennie hides these little gems all over town as she is working through her grief. 

Through out the story we find out why Lennie and Baily were living with Grams and their uncle Big. The mystery of why their mother left and how that has affected the entire family is just another deep and meaningful part of this story.

Lennie's connections to both Toby and Joe are both so heart-wrenchingly realistic that I found myself smiling and laughing through the entire book! Arghhh it's just so good! Sometimes I swear I have a harder time writing about books that I truly loved because I don't even know where to start and what to write down so that you can really understand how great I think it is without giving too much away!

A truly beautiful, life-affirming story that will make you laugh, cry and leave you smiling :) I loved it! Best suited for 14 and up due to sexual references and  minimal drug and alcohol use.

Visit the authors website to read more about the book and to read about how much other people LOVED it.

Junior Library Guild Selection

Review copy provided by publisher and donated to school library


The Library Lurker said...

Great review! I've been wanting to read this for a while, it sounds amazing!

Michelle said...

I'm reading this one right now & I really like it so far. The poems at the end of each chapter are really great & I love the way they're presented. Nice review! :D

Michelle said...

I LOVED this book. It's so wonderfully written that I actually *felt* the emotion jumping off the page. It is, by far, one of my favorites of the year without question. I don't think I've seen a bad review of it yet either. So glad you enjoyed it.