Review: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

February 6, 2015 Book 23 ★★★★★

Review: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy NelsonThe Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Genres: Contemporary, Death & Dying, Young Adult
Published by Penguin on 2010-03-09
Source: Own
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five-stars

Adrift after her sister Bailey's sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey's boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs... though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode. Join Lennie on this heartbreaking and hilarious journey of profound sorrow and mad love, as she makes colossal mistakes and colossal discoveries, as she traipses through band rooms and forest bedrooms and ultimately right into your heart. As much a celebration of love as a poignant portrait of loss, Lennie's struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often uproarious, and absolutely unforgettable.

The Sky is Everywhere is so unique because it deals with something that most are predisposed to hate: love triangles

I went in thinking that this book would have been tolerable at best (despite all the positive reviews because I’m very pessimistic), which led me to go in with very very low expectations.

In a way I’m glad for that! This book blew me away! Not only does it take love triangles and exemplifies perfectly how they should be dealt with, but it also does so with such beautiful prose and pacing that you are captivated from the very beginning.

This book starts off introducing us to Lennie and the fact that she has lost her sister unexpectedly. Her grief is what first draws her into love interest #1, Toby. Toby was his sister’s boyfriend, and is the only one who knows what kind of grief Lennie is going through. Love interest #2 appears in a completely serendipitous way; he’s the new boy in town. Joe Fontaine doesn’t see Lennie with pity, he makes her feel happy for the brief moments she doesn’t remember her sister. Throughout the book, Lennie tries to sort out her feelings for each boy, while dealing with her grief over loosing her closest sister.

I love the fact that her deliberation between each boy made her learn so much. Lennie was lost for a while, and yet each boy (one more than the other) helped her put the pieces back together.

This book also dealt with grief so realistically! Grief was a heavy theme here as well, and the way Jandy Nelson explored it really floored me. I willingly let my heart get broken and do not regret a single thing.

“My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn’t go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her. That’s just how it is.”

Between each chapter there is also a piece of poetry written by Lennie, which gives us a closer insight into her relationship with her sister. Lennie writes these poems anywhere and everywhere and scatters them around town. I loved that. This was easily one of my favorite parts of the book because it solidifies the sisterly relationship more.

I also love how there’s a big emphasis on “family” here. Lennie’s family is really important to the story, and they truly make it all the more interesting.

The romance is so sweet and heartbreaking and smile inducing all at once! It was so beautiful how it kept building up regardless of Lennie’s deliberation between Toby and Joe. Throughout the novel you could see the scales going more to someone else’s favor than the other and I just loved that even if Lennie couldn’t see it yet, we [the readers] could.

I could go on about this book, because it’s honestly and easily one of my all-time favorites but I’ll just end it by saying that you should definitely try this book. It’s really extraordinary.

Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
four-half-stars
Romance
five-stars
Overall: 4.7

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  • I seriously loved this book. It is one of those contemporaries that just melts your heart. Even though there was a love triangle, it didn’t really stop me from reading, and Joe…aww… I bought another book from Jandy, and I’m hoping for the same feels. 🙂

  • Melliane

    It’s great that you had such a great time with this one. I’m usually ok with love triangles when it’s well done but I’m not usually happy when the girl chooses. yes bcause it’s usually the girl. In any case I didn’t really know about this one but it sounds super intriguing. I think I need to try too! great review!

  • Every so often an author manages to surprise me with their new & improved version of the dreaded love triangle. I’m a sucker for punishment, and just had my heart broken by a different book earlier this week, and now I’m thinking I need a repeat performance with The Sky Is Everywhere. #1 is going to think that I’ve lost my marbles with all of the crying I’ve been doing lately. Haha!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    • I read somewhere that tears actually are beneficial for your skin, so think about it this way: crying will make you beautiful. HAHA! Thanks for stopping by, Carmel 🙂

  • They really need to stop changing book covers, b/c at first I didn’t even realize that not only do I already have this book, but it’s one of the few that I purchased AFTER reading a preview of it, so I actually want to read it (as opposed to just snagging it while it was on sale super cheap b/c maybe). GAH. Great review, Marianne! I need to dig this one back out.

    • I think they changed this cover so it could match her new book, I’ll Give You the Sun . I totally get what you mean. I’ve bought more than my fair share of books just because they were cheap. Woops xD Thanks, Jessica. Hope you get to read it soon!

  • Melanie Z

    Yeas girl this was so perfectly said! I loved how the “love triangle” was dealt with in this way it’s one of those rare books where it actually WORKS. I’m glad that you loved this one, Marianne.

    Fantastic review, lovely <33

  • It’s been years since i’ve read this book. And still to this day, I can remember how much I adore it.

  • Wow, I admit I cringed a little at the thought of a love triangle. BUT, I read on and I’m glad that it was dealt with in a mature and realistic way. We NEVER get that in YA. Jandy Nelson seems to write some beautiful books that touch on themes in a relatable way for the reader. I’m definitely going to be checking this book out. So glad you loved it Marianne, and thanks for sharing! xx

    • When I bought it, I didn’t even know there WAS a love triangle. I was really hesitant when I found out, but I’m glad I tried it <3 I really want to read her other book!

  • Ooooh. So glad you loved it Marianne. Now I’m excited to read it 🙂 Great review as always <3

  • I WANT TO READ THIS SO BAD!! I read I’ll Give You the Sun and it just made me so desperate to read more of her work. Only….I have such a large TBR that I didn’t reserve it from the library just yet. -_- I WILL SOON THOUGH. I’m glad it’s so incredible!

    • I”M SO DESPERATE TO READ I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN. I’m so glad it was so good! And UGH why do libraries do this to us?

  • Bec @ Readers in Wonderland

    This is the secnd glowing review I’ve read for this today. Something tells me I need to read this soon. I’m a bit hesitant on the love triangle aspect, but I’m not averse to them as long as they’re written well.

  • Wow Marianne, this sounds really brilliant! I’ve heard great things and it sounds like it was a great all rounder. The inclusion of family, the romance and the way it handles grief sounds great. Lovely review!

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