Tuesday, 9 April 2013

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

A book arrived at the library that I didn’t remember ordering, or even how I came across it in the first place.  It is about loss and grief, which in many guises would be a downer, but not this. Really, not.

  17 year-old Lennie’s sister Bailey has died, and the family is heartbroken. Then Lennie falls head over heels in love with the dreamy Joe Fontaine and we have a heady cocktail of grief and joy, leading to confusion and guilt.

  This is a fabulous Push and Pull story, where Lennie has to reconcile herself with what has happened and to which extent she stays with the past or moves on to the future. Of course this makes up a considerable part of Lennie’s guilt; how can she be happy considering what has happened?

The plot feels deliciously simple, but there are of course various layers, all of which feel so very realistic yet still quirky. (I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but there is music, a triangle and hidden poetry too.)

 What sets this novel very high up in my pile of books I have to own, and also stops it from being a downer is- *drumroll* - The Voice. It is a natural YA voice with a fantastic exuberance that cannot be quashed by the grief. It is so infectious that you end up reading a story about heartbreak with a whopping great smile on your face. (Or maybe that was just me.)

 How clever is that  -a book about a toppling grief that is full of joy and an absolute pleasure to read? Utterly skillful.


  1. Sounds like I will have to check it out. Thanks for the review

  2. Will definitely have to take a look at this one.