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Monday, August 2, 2010

Review: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson


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 book blew me away.

And I don't say that a lot.

The Sky Is Everywhere is a book with a great cast of characters, a lovable main character, and a plot that is beautifully heartbreaking.

Meet Lennie, ever since her sister, Bailey's death, she has been wanting to kiss and maul every guy in a two mile radius.

This includes Bailey's boyfriend, Toby.

The two aren't in love, but because they are both suffering from a great lost, they feel that the only way to cope, is to be with each other in any way possible.

Lennie feels guilty for being with Toby, especially since she knows Bailey would kill her if she was still alive, only Lennie can't help herself, and Tobey can't help himself.

Then Joe Fontaine enters the picture.

He is a hot, sexy, talented boy from Paris, who storms into Lennie's life, with his long eyelashes and dazzling smile.

It was amazing how well Miss Nelson developed Joe's character because I thought he was going to be a cliche, you know, how some author's like to make gorgeous love interest perfect, perfect, perfect, but Joe actually had depth, he had a voice that was almost as strong as Lennie's.

Speaking of which, Lennie is slowly falling for Joe, but she can't keep her hands off of Toby.

To deal with all of her emotions, she writes note after note after note after and sticks them in random places.

These notes were intricately woven throughout the novel, and they helped the reader see Lennie in a different light. It made us sense who she truly was and what she is truly feeling, and it helped us understand this supposed love triangle a little bit more, because Lennie doesn't love Toby, she hasn't even been in love, and she doesn't think she should ever be in love because Bailey is gone, and Bailey can't live her life anymore, so why should she?

The Sky Is Everywhere, like I said was heartbreaking. But it was also colorful, sexy, beautiful, and it took me on a ride I didn't want to give off.

This is a book you definitely don't want to miss.

I'm going to give it 5/5 stars but know that I would give this book all the stars in the galaxy if I could. It was just that GOOD.

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