Book: The Sky is Everywhere
Author: Jandy Nelson
Published by: Dial
From Goodreads: 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.
Wow...I've heard this novel was good, but I didn't expect to be this blown away. It was so hearbreakingly beautiful that I couldn't put it down or stop thinking about it.
Lennie recently lost her older sister. They were so close that it almost seemed they were part of each other and now Lennie is lost without Bailey. This is one of the parts that really got to me. Baily and Lennie are a lot like my sister and I. She is my best friend and I can't image life without her.
This book is about grief and how to continue your life after you've lost the most important person in it. Everyone deals with grief different and it is shown in this book. Lennie feels like she's alone in her grief until she starts hanging out with Toby, Bailey's old boyfriend. They help each other remember Bailey and comfort each other with their mutual grief.
My favorite character had to be Joe. Joe is the new boy in town who starts hanging out the Lennie. He also helps her with her grief, but in a different way. He makes her smile again and feel happy. Joe and Lenny's relationship is one to go down in history. It's so romantic and swoon worthy that it challenges the great love stories of all time.
Both of these boys help her with her grief in different ways and both are essential parts of her life and her grieving process.
The writing in this novel was beautiful with a lyrical flow that had you savoring every word.
I absolutely adored this novel and would give it ★★★★★