Monday, October 07, 2013

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

The Sky is Everywhere is the poignantly poetic tale of one girl’s struggle to heal after the sudden death of her older sister. Lennie Walker and her sister Bailey did everything together. The girls were raised by their Grandmother after their mother left them due to her “wandering gene.” Lennie saw her sister as larger than life, and internally relegated herself to the position of companion pony to Bailey’s race horse persona. When Bailey dies suddenly Lenny’s world crumbles. The Sky is Everywhere follows Lennie, her artistic Grandmother and pot smoking cuddly bear of an uncle Big along the extensive harrowing path to healing. Add in a teenage love triangle, characters with passion for music and the arts, a multitude of misunderstandings - all told through the voice of a poet and you have a stunning portrayal of the healing heart.

I listened to The Sky is Everywhere as an audio book read by Julia Whelan and found myself repeatedly appreciating Nelson’s lyrically poetic style. I was so impressed with her writing that I had to look her up and found that this author is also a published poet – which is unmistakably evident in this work.

If you enjoy beautiful writing that explores the various paths the heart takes to heal and are open to some teen angst and romance than I highly recommend The Sky is Everywhere. If you enjoyed this coming of age teenage tale of loss and love you may also enjoy If I Stay by Gale Forman.

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