Publisher: Walker Books
Release Date: February 2015
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Plot: Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker 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 centre stage of her own life – and suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two boys. One boy takes Lennie out of her sorrow; the other comforts her in it. But the two can’t collide without Lennie’s world exploding.
Jandy Nelson’s writing is life.
A writer who, I swear, with a lift of a pen and the tap of a key can twist and shed your emotions until your heart is in your mouth and you lungs are so full of air that you float away.
Am I exaggerating? Probably, but that’s what happens when you fall in love.
I read I’ll Give You The Sun way back when and knew that The Sky Is Everywhere would give me the same feelings. Trapped inside the lonely chamber of grief, Lennie Walker is an intricate and realistic portrayal of a teenager during a horrific and relatable time in her life. Emotions are confusing and heightened already at this age, but throw in the death of a loved one and unanswered questions about why the Hell your mother left you with your grandmother when you were a baby is inexplicably an overload.
Lennie feels and feels so much, she feels the wrong and the right and throughout you just can’t decipher which is which sometimes. Grief is something we’ve all been through, whether big or small, and Lennie’s story will capture your heart as if it was your own. You can’t be ‘on the fence’ or middling with this book. You either love it or you FEEL. In my case, it was both.
Both love interests are also not love interests, but characters with hurts all on their own. Especially Toby, Bailey’s late boyfriend, who is seemingly more alone that Lennie. Nesting and finding comfort in grief with Lennie when he knows he cannot possibly stay there. Joe is also a character who understands so much yet so little. He reminded me a little of Oscar from I’ll Give You The Sun; his confidence and his proclamations of love and emotion, but at the same time he felt so much younger, so much more inexperienced. And, I guess he probably was. Both are essential for Lennie, and I love them all. *wraps in cotton wool*
Honestly, please do not hesitate with Jandy Nelson. Just READ THEM ALL.