The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson 


The Sky Is Everywhere
by Jandy Nelson
Pages: 288
My rating: A
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 was really beautiful. It was well written and told such an amazing story that needed to be told. I’ve (thankfully) never been through the loss that Lennie has, but I imagine that this portrays her grief pretty accurately. It’s more than just a girl grieving, though. She’s a normal teenager shoved into an extraordinary situation and she’s dealing with these feelings of guilt about moving on and feeling normal teenage feelings. I love the interaction between her family and Joe. What a fabulous cast of characters! You know what this book made me want to do more than anything? Hug my sister.