Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Lennie is dealing with the unexpected death of her sister. In her grief she is confused and swallowed whole by the tragedy. Turning to all the wrong places for solace, Lennie just ends up making her life more complicated. She finds herself stuck between two guys. One is new to town; Joe helps her remember what life is like outside of mourning. Toby was her sister’s fiancĂ©; he is intertwined with all the memories of her before all this happened. If she can just let go of her sorrow she can start to rebuild her life.

This book is so beautiful that I have to let it speak for itself. Here are just a few of my favorite quotes.

“But what if I’m a shell-less turtle now, demented and devastated in equal measure, an unfreakingbelievable mess of a girl, who wants to turn the air into colors with her clarinet, and what if somewhere inside I prefer this? What if as much as I fear having death as a shadow, I’m beginning to like how it quickens the pulse, not only mine, but the pulse of the whole world.”

“The trail climbs to where the old growth redwoods rocket into the sky and turn the forest into their private cathedral. The wind has died down and the woods have grown unearthly still and peaceful. Leaves flicker all around us like tiny pieces of light.”

Nelson's debut novel is stunning!!! The Sky is Everywhere is told in beautiful, poetic prose. Honestly, it is such a moving story and so worthy of being named one of YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults in 2011.

Reviewed by: Lostnthestacks

1 comment:

  1. When Lennie's sister Bailey dies, she doesn't know how to go on. How do you live when someone so important to you is gone? Nelson took the difficult subject of grief and all the emotion that accompanies it and turned it into a story that will leave you reeling. Grief can be a difficult subject for any author to tackle, but Nelson takes the feeling of isolation, of sheer loneliness and despair and makes it palpable.



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