YA Guest Reviewer: Carolyn Graham
Title: The Sky is Everywhere
Author: Jandy Nelson
ISBN-13: 978-0-8037-3495-1 (Hardcover)
Release Date: March 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Fiction
Publisherís Age/Grade Recommendation: N/A
OUARís Age/Grade Recommendation: 15-19
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Jandy's Website/Blog: www.jandynelson.com
Lennie Walker is a 17 year old bookworm and band geek; mostly in the shadow of her older fiery sister Baiely. But Lennie loves her so much that she doesnít mind. But when Bailey suddenly dies, Lennie gets catapulted onto center stage. She canít seem to get anything straight. Her sister was her best friend, her guide. She canít seem to get over the pain. The she finds herself struggling between two guys. Lennie gets caught between Toby, a country boy and Joe, a passionate boy. Toby was Baileyís boyfriend who canít seem to move without Bailey. They had planned everything together. Marriage, family, etc. But while Toby and Lennie try to get over the loss of Bailey, they comfort each other in sorrow.
But then thereís Joe. Joe is the new boy in town. He came from Paris and is phenomenal clarinet player. He falls hard for Lennie. He comforts her with happiness and music. But she is torn between the boy that makes her feel alive and forget about the pain of her sister being gone, which makes her feel so guilty for doing so. Or the boy who brings back the memories of her sister and the pain with it.
This book was a great read. I couldnít put it down. I absorbed everything, the characters, the scenes; just imaged everything in my head like a movie. I could feel Lennieís pain. I could feel the sorrow Toby felt. I could feel the love between Lennie and Joe. I could really relate to Lennie. She went through so much, just to not disappoint her sister. Who wasnít even there. She wanted to still be accepted. So she never touched any of Baileyís things. She was worried about losing the memory of her sister. Which in reality, you never lose the memory of a loved one youíve lost.
I would recommend this book to anyone my age or a little older. This a book any teenage girl so pick up. Itís pretty life changing. As the title, states "The Sky is Everywhere." which in a sense is not far from the truth.
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