Review: The Sky is Everywhere


The Sky is Everywhere
By Jandy Nelson

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, 
Source: Personal purchase, paperback

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

This remarkable debut is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Francesca Lia Block. Just as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, Lennie's struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable.

My Review:

This book was such a cute contemporary! Once it got going, I really enjoyed the book. Although the beginning was a little slow, I thoroughly enjoyed the majority of it. I came in with really high expectations (because I'll Give You the Sun was just amazing! Review here ), so this book had to be pretty great to satisfy my Jandy Nelson love. Sadly, it wasn't as good as I hoped, but I still really liked it. 

At the start, I absolutely hated Lennie. She made so many stupid decisions, and moaned so much! She was just so irritating to read about, and because it was told entirely through her perspective, I was stuck with her for the whole book. Her insta-love was just so stupid, especially when it was her dead sister's boyfriend! This really made me hate Lennie even more.

But, thankfully, she does get better. She did still make a few silly decisions, but she definitely improved as the story progressed. By the end, she knew how to deal with her grief over her sister better (as we can only put the rash decisions down to grief), and was generally a better character to read about. 

The plot for this story was a bit non-existent - nothing really happened, but that didn't really matter, I enjoyed it nonetheless. Some of the 'problems' felt petty at times, and to me it felt that they weren't really worth writing a book about, and therefore bored me.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It took a while to get into, but I thought it was a really cute contemporary.

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