Oh wow! I laughed out loud and at times stifled a cry at the tone of this book. Jandy Nelson writes like John Green and that is a HIGH HIGH compliment coming from me.
17-year-old Lennie and her older sister Bailey are two peas in a pod. Being raised by their grandmother the two girls find comfort and companionship with each other after their mother had went out “exploring” one day and never came back. When Bailey suddenly dies, Lennie is beside herself with grief. When Bailey’s boyfriend Toby starts hanging around they console each other and Lennie feels that Toby may be the only one in the world who feels the pain of loss as deeply as she does.
Then a new boy comes to town. Joe is everything Lennie would like to be. He is confident and talented and oh soooo good-looking. When they meet each other in music class Lennie feels a spark she never knew existed and they start hanging out together. Yet Toby is still there and when Lennie is with Toby she feels as though she is close to Bailey as well, even though her attraction to Toby disgusts her and she feels guilty that he was her sister’s boyfriend; and as she finds out along the way – even more than that.
How do you move on from a life that centered around a sibling that knew you as well as you knew yourself, that not only shared your room… but shared your heart. How does one go on living… go on breathing the air in a world you once shared?
First off…. every one who has already read or listened to this book and raved about it please feel free to kick me for not reacting sooner. It always amazes me when an incredible read is sitting right under my nose and by the time I pick it up I am stunned to realize it is a book I am probably going to love forever.
Meet The Sky Is Everywhere.
I listened to this book on audio while I was painting and it engaged me right away (always a plus). I was not bogged down with an overload of background story, characters to remember, places to recount, and facts to store… Nope. Right away The Sky Is Everywhere opens up and reveals its heart and it’s heart is Lennie.
For someone who has experienced grief over the loss of a sibling, I can honestly say Lennie’s pain, Lenny’s attempts to hold on, were very real. My heart broke with hers as she clung to her sisters memory trying to stay within its shadow and not let any light in. I have been there.
Yet – miraculously, life does go on, if we want it to or not. In this book Lennie’s moving on is wonderfully “teenagerish” (yet growing up too) , as well as engaging listening. Kudos to the narration by Julie Whelan who had me at times laughing at Lennie’s reaction to her environment and at times holding back a sob. Honestly, I have not been this excited about this style of read since I discovered John Green.
I believe if you enjoy John Green, you are totally going to get The Sky Is Everywhere and feel like gushing about it too. Do not hesitate to run to your local book store and pick up this wonderful book. Oh and then be sure to come back and tell me here how FABULOUS it was!