Rating: 4.5 stars
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.
The Sky is Everywhere is an incredible story of grief. It loved every aspect of it. The story was incredible, and the characters were real.
The characters were wonderfully written. Lennie was an outstanding character. She had this insane amount of grief going on in her life, and even though I’ve never experienced something like that, I felt like I was there with her. Joe was a joy to read about. He brightened up every page he was on. I loved Jandy Nelson’s writing, the voice flowed so well.
Lennie’s emotions took me on a ride. I felt so consumed by the plot. Throughout The Sky Is Everywhere, Lennie wrote various poems about Bailey. I loved these, as they were so insightful into Bailey and Lennie’s relationship. This intensified the plot and what Lennie was feeling.
The only thing I wasn’t crazy about in The Sky Is Everywhere was the fact of Lennie and Toby having a sort-of relationship. It weirded me out, as Bailey and Toby were dating, and now Bailey is dead.
The cover for The Sky Is Everywhere is absolutely gorgeous. I feel it really connects with the story inside. I look forward to future novels by Jandy Nelson. This was a wonderful read.