The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Goodreads Description - 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.

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My Review:-

Favourite Quote: 'I look into his sorrowless eyes and a door in my heart blows open.  And when we kiss, I see that on the other side of that door is the sky.'

This review is not going to be like normal because The Sky Is Everywhere is so STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL it hard to get the words out.  So I thought I use some pictures to help express my thoughts.


The Sky Is Everywhere made my heart ache.  The above picture pretty much sums up Lennie's life and also the way it made me feel while reading it.   My emotions were all caught up in this story thanks to Jandy Nelson utterly gorgeous writing.  All the poems and notes scattered throughout this book really captured the pain Lenny was feeling.  But there were also funny and happier moments that warmed my heart as well.

Lennie, I could really empathise with her and feel her pain as she looked for a way to deal with it.  I didn't always like her choices but completely understood them and it was wonderful to watch her grow and work towards happiness.   This story also has interesting secondary characters that are just as well crafted.  You could feel Toby, Gran and Big's pain as you watched each of them deal with their grief differently and Sarah's confusion and hurt as Lennie pushes her away. 



The romance in this book is that epic, forever, two souls connecting, kind of love.  It does happen somewhat fast but it works because of the writing that really expresses how Lennie feels when she is with Joe.  And also because of Joe ('quel major dork', 'bat bat bat' - for those of you have read the book it will make sense).  He has such a gorgeous soul.  And well his passion for music makes it hard not to fall for him.  He has found a place with my other literary crushes.


I really wished I could have written some more detail and depth to this review to express how I felt but I am hoping these pictures will get across the words I can't.  Overall, this book is a story about love, that I fell in love with. 

Rating: 5/5

Check out more rave reviews: Inkcrush or  Musty Pages

Some interesting info:  The UK edition which I have has colour photographs inside of the notes/poems that Lennie wrote.  It also has blue ink.  Very pretty!

Check out the book trailer: It would have to be one of my favourite book trailers!

10 comments:

A.J. said...

Love this review; the pics are so pretty! I seriously need to reread this book. It's awesome. Also, first time I've seen that trailer; it's really good! :)

Skye (In The Good Books) said...

I totally agree. One of my favorite books ever.

Vee said...

Oh, I love love love this book (I've already re-read it twice) and I'm so glad you do, too. I think it's awesome that you expressed it through pictures -- I couldn't get the words out properly in my own review. I just wanted to yell "READ IT!" at everyone.

Totally agree about Joe, as well. Hehe, love the quotes you selected for him.

Melissa said...

Excellent, excellent review, Nic! I've yet to read this one, but I hear incredible things about it, and I'm so glad I know what it's about now. This sounds so moving, and I'm adding it to my list right now :)

Alexa said...

What a great idea for a review, I LOVE that you used pictures and such perfect ones too. It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did it was forever love - it's my Mr Darcy of books :)

Funnily I just posted them as my 9th countdown couple :) Ah Joe bat, bat!

Nomes said...

love this review.

the pictures just match the book so perfectly and you have such a way with words to describe this beautiful book :)

i'm in the mood for a re-read...

Audrey (holes In My brain) said...

beautiful review, i *adore* this book too, I just read it recently and it's probably one of my favourite reads this year. Joe... *sigh* I want him. and the whole BOOK is soulfully gorgeous ;)
ps- I love the pictures you included, esp. the quote one :)

Romy @ Lost.in.Stories said...

Wow Nic, great review I have to read this book, it's been on my 'books I must buy' list for a while now, I'm going to have to find myself a copy, everyone who reads it seems to absolutely love it.

Jenny said...

Fabulous review Nic, I've heard this book is just beyond beautiful so I really need to pick it up. I love that you added pictures to your review as well, sometimes they can sum up feelings that are difficult to adequately express in words so well and it adds such a fun dimension to your thoughts! Can't wait to give this one a try:)

Jami said...

I still need to read this one. Your review has me itching to pick it up. I am glad to hear you enjoyed it so much!

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