The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker 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 centre 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, with a nearly magical grin. One boy takes Lennie out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But the two can’t collide without Lennie’s world exploding..
Before anything else, if you’re going to buy the actual book and not a Kindly copy, get the UK version of the book. Same story, of course, but the UK version looks like a diary with doodles and drawings and the elastic binder that comes with journals. It also comes in a different sort of paper, makes the experience more authentic, like you actually have a copy of Lennie’s poems. 🙂 For some of you, it might not matter, but I like pretty covers and pretty books.
Now onto the content. I know the synopsis sounds a bit shallow, what with Lennie focusing on boys instead of mourning her sister’s death, that’s why I got around to reading this later than I should. But really, its more about how Lennie copes with grief. I like it because it doesn’t only revolve around her, it also involves the quirky lives of her Uncle and Gram, plus a touch of the lives of the Fontaines, the family of her boyfriend Joe. I also liked how the Toby thing (eurgh, but I kind of get it) wrapped up and how they both knew it was sick in the first place.
It is kind of a sad story, but the reality is amid everything tragic that is going on with one’s life, it still goes on, right? You still grow up, you still grow old, things still happen, people still come. So I don’t blame Lennie for being self-absorbed and I like how she managed to settle things once and for all.
Joe: *bat bat bat* If you’ve met a guy with long lashes, you’d know how it feels. 😀
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.