The sky is everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. 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.
As the story begins Lennie has just lost her sister whom she adored and is preparing to return to school. She has, in several ways, lost her footing in life and quite effectively shut herself off from the world around her. Staying in the room she shared with her sister, refusing to clean out her things, leaving everything the way it was when Bailey was alive.
She begins to spend time with Toby, Baileys boyfriend and the one person (she feels) who is able to understand the grief. The two seek comfort and solace in each others arms. And I don´t mean hugging and leaning on each others shoulders.
On the other hand, there is Joe. He is the new boy in school and is interested in her. He is a relief from the melancholy and ache she feels. There is no Bailey around when she is with Joe, he never knew her so it´s easy for her to forget the pain of her death when she´s with him. With him she can begin to move on. This is one of the good things about the book, the way the author is able to portray the juxtaposition one can feel directly following a tragedy; Lennie feels guilty about feeling happy with Joe when her sister just died
I wanted to like this book more than I did but I struggled through it though it got a little better towards the end. All in all, it was good not great. Beautifully written and well done but my problem is that I was never caught up in the characters lives. I didn´t really care much about what would happen to them and that´s not a good sign. I wouldn´t dissuade anyone from reading the book but I wouldn´t call it a favorite either.