The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Gram is worried about me. It’s not just because my sister Bailey died four weeks ago, or because my mother hasn’t contacted me in sixteen years, or even because suddenly all I think about is sex. She is worried about me because one of her houseplants has spots.
Nelson, Jandy. The Sky is Everywhere. New York: Dial, 2010.
Read an excerpt
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.
I really loved this book. Like really, really.
The writing is so beautiful. In fact, when I first started reading I almost had trouble with reading it because there was so much pretty all the time. The language is awesome and Lennie’s voice is so compelling. Throughout the book, Lennie writes little poems that she leaves around in random places. The poems are beautiful and it is such a great quirk for her character. All of the characters are like this–they have awesome quirks that make them real and individual.
Another thing I loved was Joe. I have a book crush on him. I think I’ve always loved the type of love interest that makes the other character a better person. In this case, Joe totally does. And he helps her to heal from her grief.
The mixture of emotion was so perfect in this novel. There’s her struggle (and the other characters struggle) with the grief of losing Bailey, but there’s also humor and friendship and love. I felt the emotion but I wasn’t overwhelmed by it.
If you’re looking for a serious, beautiful, but not overwhelming story, this is a great one. I totally recommend it.
*news about THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE*
Agent: Holly McGhee at Pippin Properties, Inc
A Page from Jandy Nelson’s Book: Wow. Beautiful writing. Wow.