Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The Sky Is Everywhere | Jandy Nelson

"Lennie Walker, seventeen, Wuthering Heights obsessed, clarinet player, band geek. Also hopeless romantic, prone to scattering poems all over town and as of four weeks ago, sisterless..."

Lennie's story is hauntingly tragic - we meet her just as she's lost her older sister, Bailey, with whom she was inseperable. The story follows Lennie's new, eerie life without her sister, her best friend - she can't quite come to terms with her overwhelming loss, her perpetually conflicting emotions, and the thick, heavy grief that surrounds her and her small family.

She conveys many of her emotions, experiences and memories of her sister through heartbreaking poetry, scribbled on any material she finds, and scattered about her North Californian town of Clover - a quaint, rural town in which she lives with her quirky grandmother, and eccentric Uncle Big.

Not only that, but Lennie also has to deal with the conflicting emotions she has towards her sister's boyfriend, Toby; the charismatic and animated new kid in her school, Joe Fontaine; her music class rival Rachel; and her newly fragile relationship with her quirky best friend Sarah. Nelson's characters are all so unique and vibrant, they're unforgettable.

The Sky Is Everywhere is so beautifully and magically written; the first time I read this, I cried countless times. You can feel Lennie's pain so clearly through Nelson's carefully crafted words - her story is guaranteed to break your heart multiple times. It's one of those books you can't seem to put down until you've consumed every word, and turned over the final page.

I first read The Sky Is Everywhere well over a year ago, in digital form, and the physical copy quickly made its way to the top of my wishlist. It's the kind of story that stays with you - it will both warm your heart and break it, multiple times over. It's tragic yet funny, compelling and bittersweet. This is the first books of Jandy Nelson's that I've actually read, and I've since been searching the Internet for anything else she may have written because her words are just so wonderful and gripping (I found another novel, entitled I'll Give You The Sun, but more on that at another stage.)

I'd give The Sky Is Everywhere a 5/5 - I absolutely adore this book.
Ciara Pollock © . Design by FCD.