Friday, April 8, 2011

Review: Sky is Everywhere

Book: The Sky is Everywhere
Author: Jandy Nelson

Publisher: Dial
Release Date: March 9, 2010
Pages: 272
Source: Borrowed
Date Read: March 16, 2011


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.

Yani's Analysis:
I started this book and I really really liked it. It reminded me of Elizabeth Scott and Sarah Dessen books.However, as I continued to read something started to bother me. Like how everyone fell into the cliched description and how the characters used tree as a euphemisms for mind? But then I just kept reading and Jany's writing is just so lyrical. She has a MFA in poetry and you can tell. There where poems written by Lenny and they where just beautiful. The poems where my favorite part of the book.

Unlike most people, I wasn't in love with ( I can't even remember his name) instead I completely fell for Lennie's sisters boyfriend, which is completely wrong I know. But the pain, Oh the pain, these characters felt. It just breaks your heart.Lennie doesn't know how to deal with it. Who would? And because of that she doesn't allow herself to move on and instead suffocates herself in sadness and Toby's arms.She doesn't know who she is without her sister.

This book takes you on Lennie's journey. Journey to love, to finding herself, and to finding happiness again without her sister there.


Plot: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Uniqueness: 4/5
Characters: 4/5

Similar Titles:
Between Here and Forever
Other Memorable Quotes:
"Her face is more open than an open book, more like a wall of graffiti really."
"No way out but through."
"My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever."

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