The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Where did I get it? I bought it
Summary: 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 is the second of Jandy Nelson’s books that I have read and again I have been drawn in by the plot and characters of this story. To start with, I couldn’t get enough of Lennie’s grandmother who brought much needed light relief with her witty comment.
However saying this, I did not enjoy this novel as much as my previous read by the same author. I can’t really pinpoint why this was but I wasn’t able as invested in these characters relationships as I was with Jude and Oscar’s and Noah and Brian’s in I’ll Give You the Sun.
As well as this, I found myself attention wavering only slightly around the middle of the novel but I was son hooked agin as Lennie tried to work out her feelings for Joe and decide if she should salvage their relationship.
I laughed a few times in this novel, but primarily it was one of finding yourself and learning to cope with grief and what went over really well for me was the growth in strength and courage our protagonist undertook.