Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Published: March 9, 2010 by: Dial Books
Rating: 4/5 stars
Lennie Walker has been lost ever since her sister Bailey died. Her Grandma bases her future off a plant, her uncle spends his life in the garden, and not to mention that her mother is out exploring the world without her. She feels alone, that is until musical Joe enters her life and sweeps her off her feet. But things will get complicated when someone from Bailey's past renters Lennie's life, and changes the game all over again.
I am in love with Nelson's writing. There is something so captivating and unique about it that draws me in and gets me everytime. She has an amazing outlook on life, and her books are so rewarding and enlightening. This book was emotional, funny and so thoughtful.
The characters in this book were realistically flawed and so interesting to read about. My favourite character was Joe, who was caring, kind and so protective over Lennie. Nelson did a great job at making him seem like a great book boyfriend without seeing cheesy.
The plot to this book was nothing like I had ever read before. It taught me a lot, and it felt like a self-help book as much as it was fiction. Jandy Nelson can write, that's for sure, and she does it like no other. She is descriptive, mystical and utter genius.
The only thing that I didn't really like about this book was Lennie's judgement. She has obviously been through a lot, and I felt for her, but she was so impulsive and I didn't think she treated people well at all. She had a way of showing her grief through anger, and I felt like she pushed away anyone trying to help.
That being said, I loved her poetry. The way Nelson added her poems onto each chapter and each in different locations of Lennie's town, was so interesting to read. It was by far, my favourite part about Lennie and my favourite part of the book.
Overall, this book inspired me. While Lennie's character could frustrate me at times, I got past it because this book was beautiful.
Have you read The Sky Is Everywhere? What did you think?
Emily @ Paperback Princess
I haven't heard of this one, but it sounds very interesting! I like it when the characters are flawed in a realistic way :)ReplyDelete
It was very unique :)Delete
I really want to read this book. I listened to I'll Give You The Sun and I feel like I should have read it instead of listened to it, but I still liked it! She's a great contemporary writer.ReplyDelete
She is an amazing writer! I'll Give You the Sun was awesome too :)Delete
I'll be honest in saying that I just didn't really click with this one (the romance aspect especially) but I'm so glad you liked it so much. :) The writing here really was exquisite. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥ReplyDelete
Thanks Zoe! The writing really captivated me, but I'm sorry you didn't like this one :(Delete
This book sounds amazing from your description. I have been wanting to read a book by Jandy Nelson for a long time. I like how you mentioned it is like a self-help book as well as a fiction novel. This book is one I will have to read soon. Great review!ReplyDelete
~Chioma @ Blue Books and Butterflies
Thanks Chioma! Jandy Nelson's books are so beautiful :)Delete