Monday, January 27, 2014

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

The Sky Is EverywhereNovellas/Pre-squeals: No
Series: Standalone 
Published by: Dial
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 283
Source: paperback, bought, ARC
Rating: ✬✬✬✬

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
I can't even begin to explain my feelings towards this beautiful piece of art. I found myself gasping for air multiple times throughout this book. It hurt. It still hurts. I had to take a break here and there just so I could finally breathe again. I can't even imagine what Lennie was going through. However, I could relate to her one several accounts. 
Many days I sit and think "how would I be able to go on being happy if someone I loved died?" and Lennie has those exact feelings. It's not fathomable. I found myself breaking along side of Lennie. I couldn't judge her for her actions because if I were to be in the same situation, I may have done the same thing. 
The writing of this book was beautiful. Sometimes I got confused and had to reread which made me lower the book to a 4/5. The writing may have taken some getting use to but it became so beautiful after getting use to it. The imagery was so lovely. One part of the book describes clothes falling like leaves. Which I then could picture the passion in the scene. 
This is definitely a book I would recommend. However, be forewarned, this book is not light. It's very dark and heavy. No one deals with death the same, but I think we all know the pain of it or can somewhat imagine it. 
Favorite Quotes:
“Each time someone dies, a library burns.” 
“Our tongues have fallen madly in love and gotten married and moved to Paris.” 
 “How will I survive this missing? How do others do it? People die all the time. Every day. Every hour. There are families all over the world staring at beds that are no longer slept in, shoes that are no longer worn. Families that no longer have to buy a particular cereal, a kind of shampoo. There are people everywhere standing in line at the movies, buying curtains, walking dogs, while inside, their hearts are ripping to shreds. For years. For their whole lives. I don't believe time heals. I don't want it to. If I heal, doesn't that mean I've accepted the world without her?” 
 "Who'd want a lust-a-meter sticking out the middle of their body?"


  1. I would love to reread this soon. I read it when it first came out and I've been forgetting all the little things I loved about it. And I want more Joe Fontaine!! But yeah it is a heavy book to read... gotta be in that kind of mood!

    1. that is so true! Joe is a wonderful character. I really wish I had a friend like him (:


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