The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Cried like a baby!
It isn't that this book is so sad- I mean, yes, it is sad but that isn't why I cried. This book makes you FEEEEEEEEEEEEL. If you can remember just a drop of what first love is like, this book will kick you in the feels.
Also, Nelson gets bereavement. People have a preconceived notion about how the process of mourning should play out- but unless you are the one mourning you can never judge. Nelson portrays the cloudy haze of grief with realistic accuracy.
When someone close to you dies, you seek out ways to feel like you are with them. If that means doing things you would never have done when they were alive, that's okay. It is okay to smell their weeks old dirty laundry just to sense them. It is okay to want to wear their clothes to be nearer to them. It is even natural to want to be close with those who were close to them- even if that gets confusing.
Grief is a process of redefining what life means without someone who was central to your life. Part of that means redefining who you are because you cannot be the same person without them. There is no predetermined way to do this.
Lennon Walker is a teenage girl with RAGING hormones, superb musical talent, and a recently deceased sister (Bailey) who was her best friend. Her life has been upended.
Joe Fontaine is the GORGEOUS new kid at school who is part French, a musical genius, and never knew Lennon's sister. He is never not smiling (especially at Lennon).
How could Lennon possibly allow someone into her life that never knew Bailey? How can she allow herself to be happy when Bailey is gone? Why would she rather be around Bailey's boyfriend, Toby, than face her emptiness? God, she must be selfish...or maybe, she is alive despite the fact that so much of her has died. Life continues with the living.
Jandy Nelson writes beautiful, emotive, novels which capture the heart. You will fall in love with every character in this book and weep for them.
PERFECT for high school libraries.