The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Sky is Everywhere is a book about grief, about growing up, and about love and heartbreak. Love for a sister who is no longer there, love for the boy who knows her grief, and love for the other boy who makes her feel alive.
Lennie (John Lennon) is a girl who has drawn inward since her sister died, turning from introvert to a kind of hermit, refusing to change anything about the room she and her sister shared, which she has aptly named The Sanctum. She writes little notes about her thoughts and feelings towards and to her sister, keeping her alive that way. Toby, her sisters boyfriend is the only one who understands her grief, or so she thinks. They are drawn together in a messed up kind of way, trying to fill the emptiness inside their hearts. Then Joe comes along. Lovely, spirited, beautiful and exciting Joe. He crashes into Lennie's life and everything is turned upside down, inside out.
All the characters, main and sides, are well described, both in appearance as in mindset. None of them are without flaw and all have a deeper layer to them. I loved them all to be honest.
All in all, I liked reading about Lennie's journey and the description how grief can influence someones life and how the workings of the heart and the love it holds not only define a person, but can help them change and move on.