Author: Jandy Nelson
Source: Borrowed from my Library
Goodreads Summary & Cover:
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 transfer 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.
Well, sad, sad, funny, sad, sad. Jandy got quite a few tears from me!
Overall, I really did like The Sky is Everywhere. It's heartbreaking to lose someone that you love. I can't even fathom losing one of my siblings.
This was definitely a compelling book with a great recovery message. Grief takes you places you'd never thought imaginable. Also, when that ray of sunshine finally shines through, what a relief!
I am so glad that Lennie was able to grieve. She shared something with Toby, Gram, and Big that no one else could understand. It definitely took them time and awkward moments, but they came through. I adored the brotherly-sisterly bond that eventually seemed to have happened with Toby and Lennie.
Joe. When he showed up with the box of notes...I cried even harder. He really did understand.
Sarah -- what a great best friend! She wasn't pushy, didn't hold grudges, missed Bailey, and was there when Lennie needed her.
Rachel -- You're going down in September! Hehehe
The Sky is Everywhere satisfies a part of the Completely Contemporary Challenge!