Title: The Sky Is Everywhere
Author: Jandy Nelson
Publisher: Walker Books
An unfreakingbelievably magnificent story! The Sky Is Everywhere is a story full of every emotion. The author has poured every inch of her imagination and feelings into the story.
This story is about a seventeen-year-old girl, Wuthering Heights obsessed, clarinettist, hopeless romantic, named Lennie Walker. A girl who couldn’t face that she was weaving her own love story when she should be actually grieving over dead sister. It is a story of exploring oneself after a heavy loss of their loved ones. This story is heartbreaking and heart-lifting at the same time.
Also, waking up every day hoping for your mom to return isn’t a too happy story. Lennie had her Grandma Gram and Uncle Big, but she wanted to know more about her mom. Lennie and her sister Bailey used to make up their own story about their wanderlust mom every day. And now without Bailey, it was hard to wake up every morning knowing that the hole in her heart has grown wider.
‘John Lennon’ – that’s what her lover unfreakingbelievable Joe Fontaine calls Lennie. Lennie tried to shut herself from everyone, thinking that it’s just her who had the loss, forgetting that her sister was a friend to someone, a granddaughter to someone, about to be a mother to someone’s baby and that is what made her life more complicated.
How would you feel if your sister dies and then being unable to share your grief with someone? How would you feel knowing that all your scattered poems all over the town are being collected by someone and being read over and over again so as to know you better?
Lennie loved playing the clarinet. The author has used music as an intrinsic factor in the character’s growth, in the way she coped with her grief, in how she connected in a wordless way with Joe, in how she moved out of Bailey’s shadow and into her won light. The author loved music and she gave the music a transformative role in this story.
The story portrays a message that how grief and love are conjoined and you can’t have one without the other. Grief is always going to be the measure of the love lost.
The title of the book mainly refers to the love and grief which is just like the sky. You don’t need to look up for it because the sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet.
As always, the author has played magic with words in this book. The writing style will appeal you to drown into it, escaping the world. The author herself had a heavy loss before writing this book and she wanted to explore some of the intricacies and complexities of life and writing is the best way to do it. Also, the setting of the story is used as an instrument in Lennie’s recovery and awakening.
Check Jandy Nelson’s second book – I’ll Give You The Sun here:
About the Author
Jandy Nelson, born 1965, is an American author of young adult fiction. Prior to her career as an author, Nelson worked for 13 years as a literary agent. She holds a BA from Cornell University as well as MFAs in poetry and children’s writing from Brown University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. Nelson lives in San Francisco, California.