Monday, April 11, 2011
REVIEW: The Sky is Everywhere
Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Pages: 288-US Paperback Edition
Publisher: Penguin Group
Released: March 9, 2010
My Rating: 5/5
Book Summary: 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.
Talk about a heart-wrenching, stuck in your brain, take over your thoughts, can't let it go story. Let me just throw this out there so you can all get an understanding on just how emotional this book was... i have never once cried in a novel. Have i felt deeply saddened? Yes. But shed a tear? No-until The Sky is Everywhere came along. I was a mess at the end of this book. My heart was heavy and i didn't know how to carry on throughout the day bearing all these emotions that Nelson gave me through her words.
I really cannot even begin to describe to you how gorgeous the writing in this story is. Every sentence is filled with utter heartbreak. You could feel every single drop of emotion that Lennie was feeling while coping with her sister's death. Losing a family member is terrible as it is, let alone that family member also being your best friend. Two people gone in one death.
Jandy Nelson really shows us how even in some of life's hardest struggles, there is always a light at the end of that dark tunnel. She showcases how powerful true and raw emotion really is.