Review : The Sky is Everywhere, Jandy Nelson

A few months ago, I fell in love with I’ll Give You The Sun, and I knew I wanted, needed to read more of Jandy Nelson’s books. The Sky is Everywhere was up next, and, I think I fell in love. AGAIN. Filled with raw emotions, relatable characters, this book took me on an emotional journey I’m not ready to forget. And I don’t want to forget, either.

RAW EMOTIONS

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“Grief is forever. It doesn’t go away; it becomes part of you, step for step, breath for breath.”

The Sky is Everywhere deals with the aftermath of the sudden death of Lennie’s sister, Bailey. She was the outgoing, pretty, talented one, while Lennie always felt on the side, worthless. Yet they were inseparable, and even with her gone, we could still feel that deep, heartbreaking connection she and Bailey had. Caught between her own emotions, struggling to keep afloat, holding on to Bailey’s boyfriend Toby for comfort, finding new strength and unexpected sunshine in Joe, the new boy in town…Lennie is on her own grief journey, towards happiness, towards better days or at least, days where the ache won’t be as strong as it is right now. This is what astonished me, in that book. This book should be called, My Feelings Are Everywhere, seriously. It’s one of those stories that took my heart, shook it all around, made me aching for less, while wanting more. I wouldn’t stop thinking about it, couldn’t stop reading it, all the while every two sentences I felt like closing the book because it was too much. The ache, aching is such a strong feeling, and a hard one to capture in simple words. Yet Jandy Nelson completely amazed me once again with her talent. I felt the struggle, I felt the pain, I felt the gaping hole inside of my chest for a missing sister. Maybe it’s because I have a sibling I’m very close to, too, but I can say for sure that this book is filled with raw emotions. There’s something about the writing, the story, the whole thing that tugged into my heart telling me I needed more, I wanted more. I felt like crying every two pages. I felt like I was choking on my own feelings, because there are so many beautiful passages in which I could imagine awful things and just relate to the deepness of it all. Strange thing is, when it all ended, I wanted more. I + just thinking about it.

A LOVE TRIANGLE? WAIT! DON’T RUN AWAY JUST YET.

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“And then he smiles, and in all the places around the globe where it’s night, day breaks.”

There’s something that got me, when I first read the synopsis of the book. In such a tragic story, who has time for one of the most ANNOYING TROPE OF EVER, the love triangle? Yet it seems like, in this story, there was time. If I cringed while reading the synopsis, and frowned more than once during the story, I could understand. Because, if you ask me, it wasn’t so much a love triangle as Lennie trying to balance between who she is, and who she wants to be. Past and present, memories and the road ahead. Feelings were only, if you ask me, involved on one side of the love triangle, so really, it’s a love story with its share of complications, but not a love triangle. And it’s not really a love story, actually. Before everything, it’s Lennie’s story. The disappearance of a loved one can result in a lot of actions, sometimes weird, sometimes you can’t even imagine. Boys, sexuality and this thing they are calling love-triangle but that isn’t really one, was Lennie’s way of coping with everything. And, if it took me a few pages and a few eyebrows raised to warm up to the character, I completely fell in love with her by the end of the book. Because we’re alike in many ways, maybe, but because I could relate, too. I just felt close to her. And aren’t the books where you feel close to the characters, the best kind of books?

FAMILY, GRIEF AND JUST STOP MAKING MY HEART BLEED

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“Dreams change, yes, that makes sense, but I didn’t know dreams could hide inside a person.”

Moreover, each of the characters has its own background and stories, and they felt real, three-dimensional, pieces of a perfect 3D-puzzle I could see in my mind as I read. You know each of them has their own stories, between the uncle who loves to get married all the time, the absentee mother Lennie and Bailey used to make up stories for, the amazing yet kind of weird grandma…you know they’re all there, coping with what happened, and you can feel it hanging in the air. It’s heavy, it’s emotional, it’s just, pure Jandy Nelson art. You know, when you read her books, that you’re living the story, and experiencing everything. That’s because of the characters, the gorgeous, poetic without ever being too much writing… and because of the way that the author and the book manages to be an art-piece itself. There are notes, scattered around the book, in between chapters, with pieces of writing, of Lennie and Bailey’s stories, dialogues, thoughts, everything. It makes the story even stronger, and the book even more beautiful, inside, and out.

OVERALL

Raw emotions, strong relationships, and writing that feels like dreaming: Jandy Nelson certainly knows how to make me fall in love with a book, and is going way, way up on my favorites’ shelf. If you’re looking to give your heart a ride on a rollercoaster of feelings, then The Sky is Everywhere is for you. It is, indeed, everywhere, and printed on your heart forever.

Final rating:  5 drops, and it’s a hurricane!

Did you read The Sky Is Everywhere? WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT? Did you feel like crying every two pages, or am I just an emotional marshmallow? Do you want to read it?

Do you cry easily while reading books? Share your thoughts in comments!


 

Jandy Nelson, The Sky is Everywhere,  Published by Dial Books, March 9th 2010.

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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.

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46 thoughts on “Review : The Sky is Everywhere, Jandy Nelson

  1. Great review. Jandy Nelson sounds like an amazing author. I had actually planned to read this book after I’ll Give You the Sun but I’m even more excited to start it now.
    I’m never really keen on love triangles either but from your review it sounds like it’s not really an issue in a way other love triangles are, and have been. It sounds like a beautiful book!

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    1. She is really amazing, I only discovered her books at the end of last year, and damn, I’m so, so glad I did. She’s becoming one of my favorite authors, and her two books really made me feel things, made me care about the characters and the whole story, it was so incredible. Thank you so, so much! ❤

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      1. Well your review makes her sound amazing! I honestly can’t wait to start I’ll Give You the Sun, I really hope I love her books as much as you do 🙂 it definitely sounds like one of the best YA contemporary to kind of start off on as well if that makes sense. And that’s all right 🙂

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      2. Well in that case I need to get around to her books ASAP! I wouldn’t say I’m a beginner to the YA contemporary genre but I don’t read it as much as others so her books are probably good ones to start off with. I really do hope I love them as much as you do!

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      3. Well I just finished Simon Vs today and I’m going to start writing the review soon to post tonight. I really enjoyed it, it was such a sweet read and the end of the story just made me so happy! I totally guessed who Blue was though! I’m hoping to start I’ll Give You the Sun early next week now!

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      4. Oh me neither, I guess but I wasn’t sure until it was actually revealed. It could have been an epic twist where Blue was actually someone we hadn’t met before!
        I’ll keep you updated them when I start I’ll Give You the Sun as well 😀

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  2. So before I even started blogging I actually already had this book for several years. I didn’t even realize I owned a Jandy Nelson novel because it wasn’t this cover (but the one with the heart and ocean/sky). And I am so, so happy to hear this one was just as beautiful and emotional. For some reason, I rarely hear about this one compared to I’ll Give You the Sun. I can’t wait to read both though. And I saw your Goodreads update; looking forward to hearing your thoughts on #Scandal (yet another contemporary (no surprise!)), Marie! 😀

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    1. Aw, yes, I see what cover you’re talking about, I thought I would get that one, but it turns out…well, I didn’t, ahah! I didn’t hear that much about that one either, and it makes me kind of sad, because it’s different, but just as great as I’ll Give You The Sun. I can just recommend both! 🙂
      Aww, thank you Summer, I need to write that review one of these days, ahah, but I can already say, I liked it a lot! 🙂

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  3. Omg, I really must read this book!!! I absolutely adored I’ll Give You the Sun, and after reading your thoughts on this one, I will definitely be putting this higher up on my list. I’ve been in a terrible reading slump though for the past weeks, so I really hope I can pull myself out of it soon, agh. ❤

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  4. This is such a brilliant review for such a great and fantastic book. I agree with EVERYTHING in this post. It made me cry and the pain was just too real. The love triangle also made me hesitate, but its so hard to not put yourself into her shoes and just try to understand everything. Lennie warmed up to me immensely as the book came along and I loved it so much! This review actually makes me want to go to my bed, cuddle a blanket and just read this book all over again 🙂

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      1. ARGH, Jandy Nelson is just torturing me. Next year?! WHYYY. Haha, IT WILL BE A WAR WHEN THAT BOOK COMES OUT. I just want to so badly 🙂 Aha, thank YOU for 1. Complimenting me (you are WONDERFULLY WONDERFUL) 2. Having such a AMAZING blog – aha you have no idea how much I love this, I DONT EVEN WANT TO THINK ABOUT YOU NOT BEING HERE and 3. Because you are such a lovely, lovely person ❤

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      2. I think we should even plan to buddy read that Jandy Nelson book right now, since we’re both so excited about it, ahah ❤
        OH THANK YOU, you're going to make me blush and cry and feel all awkward because of all the compliments. You are WAY too sweet and awesome and wonderfully wonderful as well ! ❤ ❤ *gives hugs and chocolate*

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      3. AHHH YESSS. You would be the PERFECT person to read the book with 🙂 AHA, let us plan this buddy-read a year ahead and blame it on our organisation skills and not our weird bookish behaviour (I AM SO EXCITED I CANNOT EXPLAIN, if this book gets pushed back I will cry a waterfall).

        AWWW! EMBRACE YOUR AWESOMENESS 🙂 Hehe, I’m only speaking the truth! ❤ *returns the hug and stuffs you with flowers and rainbows*

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      4. AHHH just imagine if Ms. Jandy Nelson was playing a prank AND WE GOT THE BOOK NOW. *sighs* only in my dreams.
        AND THAT’S IT. YOU WON. I think you’ve just won the sweetest person award I mean a billion books?! *offers you my heart ripped out of my chest and offered in a golden plastic container* (because that works) 🙂

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      5. OH, that would be awesome, I think I would cry of happiness, ahah. If only that could happen, well, we can dream, ahah 😛
        AWW NO, you are. You’re WAY TOO SWEET seriously, stop it! ❤ ❤ ❤ I think we should just keep on exchanging love and books and food ahah 😛 ❤

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