Publication Date: March 22nd 2011
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Lennie plays second clarinet in the school orchestra and has always happily been second fiddle to her charismatic older sister, Bailey. Then Bailey dies suddenly, and Lennie is left at sea without her anchor. Overcome by emotion, Lennie soon finds herself torn between two boys: Bailey’s boyfriend, Toby, and Joe, the charming and musically gifted new boy in town. While Toby can’t see her without seeing Bailey and Joe sees her only for herself, each offers Lennie something she desperately needs. But ultimately, it’s up to Lennie to find her own way toward what she really needs-without Bailey. A remarkable debut novel perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Francesca Lia Block.
The Sky Is Everywhere is just one of those books where it is so full of gorgeous quotes it’s impossible not to do something with them. Whether it’s writing them in a quote notebook, painting them on your wall, noting the page or getting a tattoo of them, they need to be noticed in some special way. I took pictures of them and am seriously tempted to get a new tattoo. Jandy Nelson just has a way of twisting words into gorgeous phrases that leap off the page.
This book was simply wonderful. It was frustrating at times, but the story was full of heartache and lightness, eclectic families and new love full of smiles that lit up rooms and a girl who was beyond confused in the wake of a major loss. Lennie’s progression through grief and new love is an uphill battle but she fights it tooth and nail the whole time. I loved that she didn’t let her grief consume her all the time, she was open to love even if she felt guilty about it.
The Sky Is Everywhere is such a wonderful book, I have no idea how I hadn’t picked it up before now. There is no doubt in my mind that I will be snatching up I’ll Give You The Sun as quickly as humanly possible and every single book Jandy Nelson writes from this point on!
p.s I LOVE this cover and how well it ties into the story, on top of being just gorgeous.