Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Sky is Everywhere

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Published: 9th March 2010

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 book surprised me by its fresh approach, innovative metaphors and a good plot. The characters, too, were quirky and fun, a bit crazy at times, occasionally sad but always lovable.

The story doesn't shy away from the darker issues. Lennie and Toby's relationship may seem wrong at first sight, but the motivation behind it makes perfect sense. So does the shame that prevents Lennie from telling Joe the truth which later leads to a lot of heartbreak.

A few gems from the book:
She looks up at me in the window, waves like a windmill in a hurricane. (p 45)

He can't stop smiling at his brothers, who are pounding their guitars into notes so ferocious they probably could overthrow the government. (p 98)

Our tongues have fallen madly in love and gotten married and moved to Paris. (p 125)

"Well, if sometime, not now, but sometime, you might not want to be one anymore, and I could be your first, that's where the cool part comes in, you know, for me." (p 164)

And then he smiles, and in all the places around the globe where it's night, day breaks. (p 267)

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