Title: The Sky is Everywhere
Author: Jandy Nelson
Paperback: 320 pages
Published: March 9th 2010 by Penguin Group
My Rating: 3/5 Stars
Summary (Goodreads): Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker 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 centre stage of her own life – and suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two boys. One boy takes Lennie out of her sorrow; the other comforts her in it. But the two can’t collide without Lennie’s world exploding…
Honestly, I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this was exactly it. The book was predictable and it took me about 6 months to complete due to lack of interest. The thing is, the book isn’t bad. Far from it – it’s sweet, romantic and poetic. But it lacks humour and humour is what makes a book fun to read.
Lennie – She grows as a character throughout the book, coming to terms with the death of her older sister, Bailey. Lennie is quiet and insecure at the beginning of the book and she blossoms over time, becoming more confident in her own skin. She’s actually realistic, so a thumbs up for that.
Toby – For the majority of the book, he isn’t really a character. He’s a distraction for Lennie and it’s annoying for the most part. At the end, he develops into a brother to Lennie and their relationship shifts to a much healthier one.
Joe – A bucket of sunshine in, what is admittedly, a pretty depressing story. I feel like the romance between him and Lennie moved way to fast – but then again, some people are just like that, which made it more realistic, I guess.
Sarah – I love this girl. She’s honest and funky and really doesn’t give a flying monkey about what people think of her, but it feels a little bit like she exists only to talk about boys with Lennie.
Rachel – She’s an under-developed mean girl type character. Enough said.
As for Big and Gram, I do like them and they do have an impact on Lennie but I don’t really have much to say about them.
Out of all the characters, I’ve got to say, Sarah was probably my favourite. It’s a shame that she’s absent for most of the book though.
So firstly: the love triangle. Oh, dear God. What on earth was that? I have no words for how awkward the whole affair was. Nope. There was never a chance of the whole Toby thing actually working out and it was painful to read. I feel like Joe’s backstory could have been explored a bit more too, because Lennie barely knows the guy before he begins showing up at her house every morning.
One of the better story lines is that Lennie is getting over her sister Bailey’s death and this is handled with care. The book bursts with feeling and raw pain which makes it that much better to read. It also handles people making mistakes and learning from them to become a better person.
Throughout, I found myself comparing the book to I’ll Give You the Sun also by Jandy Nelson, which has long been a favourite of mine. The same poetic language is used, however it just doesn’t have the same effect.
Overall, I think that this book is good for a quick, light read, but if you’re looking for something with a bit more substance then this isn’t for you.
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