Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Sky Is Everywhere

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

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.

Gah, where do I start with this book. I just can't even imagine living the life Lennie does. The loss of someone you love is unbearable, especially someone you are incredibly close to.

Lennie is an average girl, she plays the clarinet and reads. That's her life, until Bailey, her sister, dies unexpectedly. Who would expect an otherwise healthy girl of nineteen to just die?  Lennie just doesn't now how to cope with it, their mother had already abandoned them so the loss of Bailey is devastating.  Bailey's boyfriend Toby knows what the loss feels like and for a while they get lost in their grief together.  Lennie just thinks that they are finding solace together, that's all it is. Right?

Then Lennie meets Joe, and her life is turned on its side. Joe is charismatic, he knows the new her, the sisterless her. So now shes falling head over heals for Joe and still feels this odd connection to Toby.  She doesn't now how to break this new relationship she has with Toby and she knows it'll be bad if Joe ever finds out about it.

I just can't even with how much I enjoyed this book. I hated having to put it down to do mundane things in life.  Gram and Big are great characters. They bring life to the story and you want to cuddle up with both of them, even if they are a bit nutty. I didn't love the relationship between Toby and Lennie. I understood why they were clinging to each other but it really bothered me. Now Joe.. I just loved him, he was easy to enjoy. He may be a bit stubborn but he's totally worth all the work.

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