Title: The Sky Is Everywhere
Author: Jandy Nelson
Release Date: March 9, 2010
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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.
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.