Title: The Sky is Everywhere
Author: Jandy Nelson
Published by: Walker Books
Publication date: 5th February 2015
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance/Grief/Family
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
I thought I'd read this already. I have a vivid memory of me, five or six years ago, picking up a beautiful cloth-bound edition in the library. That's all I remember, and so I assumed I'd gone ahead and read it. But I guess not, because now I realise there's no way I could ever forget such a poignant, beautiful, heartbreaking novel.
Lennie was always a step behind her sister. Bailey was the outgoing one, the extraordinary one, the one with all the confidence and big dreams. Lennie was quieter. But then, when Bailey dies, Lennie is thrust into the spotlight, and the only person who seems to understand her grief is Toby, Bailey's boyfriend. And then they kiss, and not just once. But Toby's not the only boy in Lennie's life. There's Joe Fontaine, the new boy from France, who, moment by moment, injects happiness back into Lennie's family and shows her how to live again.
The Sky is Everywhere is one of those books full of beautiful, enchanting quotes that make you want to write them all over everything, Lennie-style. Right now, I'd rather be doing that than writing this review because I just don't know what to say. It's an extraordinary book, and how can you put that into words? What I can say is that it dealt with grief well - very, very well - and, if you're like me and you wanted to pick this up already but never got around to it, drop everything and get a copy. It's worth every single penny in the world. If I ever write a book, which I hope I do (I'm almost done with a first draft!) I can only hope it'll be half as good as this.