Review: The Sky Is Everywhere <3

It’s very infrequent that I stumble upon just any book, and it changes my life. It’s a very, very rare situation. But believe it or not, that’s exactly what happened with The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.

Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, book-worm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely away in the shadow of her elder sister, Bailey Walker.

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.

When I came across the book, I thought it must be the usual chick-lit and all, but was I ever wrong. This book has so much more to what the synopsis can tell you, it’s unbelievable. I ever re-read it immediately after the first time. It’sthatpowerful.

The book takes the reader to a journey through Lennie’s life, and when the journey ends, you find yourself gasping for air with a big, goofy grin spread all over your face. The two boys in Lennie’s life, Toby Shaw (Bailey’s boyfriend) and the un-freaking-believable Joe Fontaine (the newbie in town) have very strong personalities of their own, and so do the other characters like Sarah (Len’s BFF), Gram, and her Uncle Big. The Sky Is Everywhere is everything I like in any book I read–emotional, witty, realistic, and of course, when I turn the last page, I feel good.

I rate The Sky Is Everywhere a full 5 on 5. There’s no reason for giving anything less than the best.

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The Cast

Move on to the cast, shall we? 😉

Although it is being made into a movie already, with Selena Gomez as Lennie Walker (the very idea makes me want to jump off the roof), I still want to let you know my idea of who should play who.

1. Lennie Walker – Lexi Ainsworth

I can’t really tell you why I think she’d be a good Lennie, but let’s just say that in ways more than one, she resembles her. Let’s go with that, for the time being.

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2. Toby Shaw – Brant Daugherty

Toby is two years older than Lennie, so obviously, Brant looks perfect as Toby. I mean, come on, what’s missing? I’ll tell you– NOTHING. 😉

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3. Joe Fontaine – Landon Liboiron

Landon should play Joe, period. No further discussion needed.

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Jandy Nelson, the author of The Sky Is Everywhere has included many poems amidst the chapters to depict Lennie’s grief and confusion and of course, her love for Joe and pain for Toby. Those bits and pieces of poems, random conversations, and memories account for sixty percent of the book’s charm. I have to admit I haven’t come across a book this unique before.

There are absolutely no words that can describe how wonderful the book, is so please, PLEASE do read this one. It’s totally worth your while.

See you soon!

Love,

Snigdha

 

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