Jandy Nelson: The Sky is Everywhere

Adrift after her sister Bailey’s sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey’s boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs… though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode.

Join Lennie on this heartbreaking and hilarious journey of profound sorrow and mad love, as she makes colossal mistakes and colossal discoveries, as she traipses through band rooms and forest bedrooms and ultimately right into your heart.

As much a celebration of love as a poignant portrait of loss, Lennie’s struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often uproarious, and absolutely unforgettable.

After loving I’ll Give You the Sun, I had super high expectations for The Sky is Everywhere. Jandy Nelson’s writing in IGYTS was so artistic and colorful, that I was ready for the same thing in her book about grief.

There is a little bit of it–Lennie is a musician and a poet, and she uses those poems as a filter for her grief, dropping them all over town as if the wind could take her pain away. And I suppose you really can’t expect vibrant colors in a book about grief, everything is darker and muted.

Still, there’s just no comparing the two books. IGYTS is so much stronger. The Sky is Everywhere is a mess of a love triangle, and I think that really takes the focus away from what Lennie and her family are feeling. It’s, instead, one of those “cute boy shows up and saves the day” books. Cute boys are nice, but they are not the cure for deeply entrenched pain.

It was a nice read, and I really liked the poetry that was included. It just didn’t hold up to my expectations.

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