This month I read '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."
The Sky Is Everywhere is Jandy's debut novel, but you wouldn't know it. It's written like she has been doing this for years!
"That is a misconception Lennie. The sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet."
I bought this book early in 2014, and tried to read it a number of times but just couldn't get into it. I was determined though that in 2015 I would read all the books I already own but haven't read, before I read the books I got bought for Christmas. This was one of those books.
I was determined to get through it, and give it a chance.
I'm so glad I did. I'm also glad that I own this book in physical form, not an e-book.
The book is written like a diary, and is filled with gorgeous illustrations and handwritten notes.
At first the main character, Lennie, annoyed me. How could she have feelings for her sister's boyfriend?! How could she kiss her dead sister's boyfriend?!
Then you understand, they were both suffering a great loss. One that it felt only each other understood. As the synopsis says 'One boy take her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it'.
For me, I think i'd rather be taken out of the grief, than live in it.
Towards the end of the book, you realise that Lennie never had feelings for Toby, he just filled the void that her sister had left behind.
I also had a little bit of a teenage crush on Joe, he was the hot, intelligent, funny guy that transferred from France to Lennie's school and you were instantly rooting for him!
"I look into his sorrowless eyes and a door in my heart blows open. And when we kiss, I see that on the other side of the door is the sky"
This book made me laugh out loud, cringe a little and cry. I love a book that gives you a mixture of emotions, to me that is the catalyst of a good book. When you experience the same emotions the character is feeling. That is when you know you've got an excellent writer on your hands.
I'll definitely be picking up Jandy's latest novel 'I'll Give You The Sun'.
Have you read this book? Are you a bookworm like me?