Sometime last month I picked up The Sky is Everywhere after weeks of wanting to read it. I finished a couple days ago and thought I would do a book review.
This is the first book I've read by Jandy Nelson and I really like her writing style. She is a poet so her style reflects that. She uses a lot of metaphors while writing and that makes it super interesting to read. This is the first book I have read like that and now love it.
Lennie, the main character, is also a poet so Nelson incorporated poems to the start and end of most of the chapters. As someone who enjoys poetry, I loved this factor to the book. It added something to look forward to every chapter.
The story itself is about Lennie grieving her sister Bailey after she passes away.
As it says on the front cover "One boy helps her remember; and the other helps her forget."
This is regarding to Toby coy boy and skater; Bailey's boyfriend, and Joe, the new guy at school, who is also an amazing musician. The book follows Lennie's grieving process which involves both Toby and Joe.
I love the characters in the book and how their described. My favorite has to be her Grandmother, who everyone calls Gran. She has an element of secrecy to her which I like.
The book is set in California in the town of Clover near the redwood forests. The location for the book is beautiful and fits the storyline perfectly. Nelson explains the redwood trees and stream singing together throughout the book since Lennie is a clarinetist.
Something I didn't like about it was that I easily guessed a big part of the ending. I like books with endings that jump out at you unexpectedly.
I'd give this book 4/5 stars overall and 3/5 that I would read it again.
Have you read The Sky is Everywhere? Did you like it? Will you read it now? Let me know in the comments!