Book Review: The Sky Is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson

Title: The Sky Is Everywhere
Author: Jandy Nelson
ISBN: 9780803734951
Pages: 288
Release Date: March 9, 2010
Publisher: Dial
Genre: Teen/YA
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

Lennie has always lived in the shadow of her older sister Bailey, so when Bailey dies, Lennie is shattered.  She doesn’t know how to live a life without Bailey in it, and finds solace in spending time with Bailey’s boyfriend, Toby.  However, the new boy at school, Joe, has also been paying attention to Lennie, and for the first time, Lennie is forced to live life on her own terms. 

Review:

The Sky Is Everywhere is a beautifully written and moving portrait of one girl’s grief as she tries to move on after her sister’s death.  Lennie is a complicated individual, on the cusp of adulthood and desperately trying to figure out her jumbled feelings and emotions.  She doesn’t know how to deal with her grief at Bailey’s death, and reaches out to Toby because he understands what she’s going through.

Lennie’s grief was so real to me when I was reading The Sky Is Everywhere. I thought it was completely believable, the way she tried to live life, yet every once in awhile would get slammed with the realization that she wouldn’t be able to share her day with Bailey.  She also felt guilty when she would forget, at least for awhile, that Bailey had died.  However, Lennie also learned how to live her own life in this book, which was an amazing character development.  I love how Lennie finds courage that she didn’t have before.

Nelson’s writings about grief are simply beautiful in this novel; they really made the book for me.  There are a lot of amazing passages, but the one below that I’ve chosen to share left me simply breathless.

“As I walk through the redwood trees, my sneakers sopping up days of rain, I wonder why bereaved people even bother with mourning clothes when grief itself provides such an unmistakable wardrobe”.” – page 12

I highly recommend The Sky Is Everywhere.  It’s a moving portrait of grief, but also a testament to the healing powers of love.  These two emotions seem at odds with one another, but it’s amazing how, in this book, they exist side-by-side, and even seem to flow into and fuel one another.  It’s a beautiful book that will stay with me for a long time.

Comments

  1. This sounds like a great book. i was just struck as I was reading your review by that fact that we are so concentrated an living, that very rarely are we in the position of thinking about death or that loved ones, especially when they are not that old or sick. I don’t think that we should dwell on when could die at any moment but we are very vulnerable to that shock. It’s important to see that surprise and grief explored.

  2. This sounds like a great book. i was just struck as I was reading your review by that fact that we are so concentrated an living, that very rarely are we in the position of thinking about death or that loved ones, especially when they are not that old or sick. I don’t think that we should dwell on when could die at any moment but we are very vulnerable to that shock. It’s important to see that surprise and grief explored.

  3. I confess the description of this book didn’t move me too much, but your review did. I have this book coming for a tour soon, so I’m glad to hear you liked it so much! The passage you included is beautiful, and it’s refreshing to see a passage so early in a book resonate so deeply. I’m definitely looking forward to this one.

  4. I confess the description of this book didn’t move me too much, but your review did. I have this book coming for a tour soon, so I’m glad to hear you liked it so much! The passage you included is beautiful, and it’s refreshing to see a passage so early in a book resonate so deeply. I’m definitely looking forward to this one.

  5. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one. I’ll see if I can find it. Sounds like something I would enjoy.

  6. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one. I’ll see if I can find it. Sounds like something I would enjoy.

  7. I got this book at SIBA – it sounds like one that will make me cry a bucket of tears.

  8. I got this book at SIBA – it sounds like one that will make me cry a bucket of tears.

  9. I’ve read several good reviews on this book so I can’t wait to read it!

  10. I’ve read several good reviews on this book so I can’t wait to read it!

  11. Everyone seems to be raving about this one — and I loved your review! I’ll definitely be looking for it, even if it sounds like a serious tear-jerker.

  12. Everyone seems to be raving about this one — and I loved your review! I’ll definitely be looking for it, even if it sounds like a serious tear-jerker.

  13. What a beautiful quote to share! I think it’s so true. It’s so hard to come to terms with loss like that- absolute, complete loss.

  14. What a beautiful quote to share! I think it’s so true. It’s so hard to come to terms with loss like that- absolute, complete loss.

  15. Good review,! will make it a definite read.thanks!

  16. Good review,! will make it a definite read.thanks!

  17. I’m aching to read this one, just waiting for it to come in at the library!

  18. I’m aching to read this one, just waiting for it to come in at the library!

  19. Great review! I have seen a number of positive ones for this book and I absolutely plan on reading it, even though it sounds like a sad story.

  20. Great review! I have seen a number of positive ones for this book and I absolutely plan on reading it, even though it sounds like a sad story.

  21. Sounds like a great one to recommend to my daughter who’s in high school.

  22. Sounds like a great one to recommend to my daughter who’s in high school.

  23. Sounds like a good book. I think the part of it when she misses her did sounds real real. I can see me feeling this way too at some point of time!

  24. Sounds like a good book. I think the part of it when she misses her did sounds real real. I can see me feeling this way too at some point of time!

  25. Based on the quote alone, I was attracted to this one. I’ll keep it in mind.

  26. Based on the quote alone, I was attracted to this one. I’ll keep it in mind.

  27. Oh this sounds good!!! I have it out from the library now, but I hadn’t felt very moved to read it. It sounds fantastic!

  28. Oh this sounds good!!! I have it out from the library now, but I hadn’t felt very moved to read it. It sounds fantastic!

  29. I LOVED this book. Seriously, one of the best books I’ve read ever and definitely going to make my list of best books for 2010. The writing was so eloquent and the emotion really was amazing.

    I’m glad you liked it as well. I will definitely read more from Nelson in the future.

  30. I LOVED this book. Seriously, one of the best books I’ve read ever and definitely going to make my list of best books for 2010. The writing was so eloquent and the emotion really was amazing.

    I’m glad you liked it as well. I will definitely read more from Nelson in the future.

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