Book Review: “The Sky is Everywhere” by Jandy Nelson

“The Sky is Everywhere” is Jandy Nelson’s first novel, and one of my all-time favorites.  This deep and profound novel bursts with emotions, while taking the reader through brighter and darker shades of life.  The main character, Lennie Walker is filled with sorrow after her older sister Bailey dies, but takes comfort in Bailey’s boyfriend, Toby, and Joe, a new boy who helps her move past her sorrows.  I really love how all the characters are unique and quirky.  The characters’ personalities are never forced, but instead beat with natural rhythms.  I think Lennie’s relationship with Joe is real because it’s built with their love for the arts (Music/ Poetry).  It’s a very different relationship than others because it’s not just a physical attraction, nor is their relationship easy.

What I love about this book is that it deals with things everyone goes through at one point in life, but portrays it in unique and memorable ways.  It’s not cliche, nor is it just another “typical teen book”.  The writing itself also carries a very natural flow.  In some YA novels, the tone of the author can sound as if the writer is trying too hard to sound like the average teen.  ”The Sky is Everywhere” is just the opposite.  I think readers can relate to the novel each in different ways because the author is not telling the reader how to perceive the story, but instead allows the audience to interpret the beautifully woven story themselves.  Lennie goes through the sadness of losing a loved one, the budding hope of falling in love, the regret of hurtful decisions, and the renewal and revival of moving along through life in darker times.  These are all things that people can find empathy in, but there is a fresh take on those moments.

I can’t wait to read more of Jandy Nelson’s work.

“The Sky is Everywhere” is also going to be a movie, starring Selena Gomez as Lennie Walker.

Book review by:  Maddie

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