Tuesday, April 6, 2010

YA 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.

My thoughts...This story will hit home with anyone who has lost someone.  Not just to death, but first loves, divorce, a friend moving away.  We experience a profound loss, something heartbreaking and seemingly impossible to move beyond.  This story, The Sky is Everywhere is a beautiful tale of learning to deal with that loss and learning how to live again.

This  beautifully written story is, as expected a bit gloomy.  Parts are even painful to read because the author, Jandy Nelson,  did an incredible job of capturing the grief the characters experience.  There were so many times throughout the story I just wanted to reach out and hug Lennie, assuring her that over time, things would get better.  Even though I have never lost anyone close to a death, I found that I could really relate to this story.  It was a brilliant journey through life and death.

The characters in the story were very believable.  I was particularly fond of Lennie's grandmother and her uncle.  Their quirky personalities kept the story from being too dark.  Aside from the grieving, this turns out to be a love story, albeit a tragic one and a coming-of-age story.  Readers will quickly bond with the characters and from there the plot moves with a steady place.  The infusion of poetry into the chapters creates a magical feeling to the story.  I found it hard to put the book down and savored it until the satisfying ending.

I would recommend this story to readers of all ages.  This is a very mature story that remains appropriate for teen readers.  With her debut novel. Jandy Nelson has proven herself with her amazing writing ability.  She will be one to watch for in the future.

The Sky is Everywhere hit shelves in March 2010.  Follow this link to purchase your copy.  For more information about Jandy Nelson, visit her website.

This book was also reviewed by...
The Ravenous Reader
The Book Smugglers

*This ARC was provided as book of a book tour sponsered by Around The World Tours.


Audrey; (AyC) said...

Ive read so many reviews that agree with you, they all say this book is excellent. I want to read it so much more now. Great narrative voice that's a bit gloomy? What's not to love?
nice review!

ck.twilighter said...

Ohhh!! I just added to my list... Thx for the review. Now I know more of what I look forward to!

Book Monster said...

I'm so hesitant about this book, but you made me less. Thanks for the great review :)

Manderiffic said...

I love the synopsis of this book. I'll have to check this one out for sure! Thanks for the recommendation! Yeah for Book Review Wednesdays! :)

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