Book Title: The Sky is Everywhere
Author: Jandy Nelson
Publisher: Walker Books
Publication Date: February 5th 2015 (First Published: March 9th 2010)
Rating: 2 stars
Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker 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 centre stage of her own life – and suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two boys. One boy takes Lennie out of her sorrow; the other comforts her in it. But the two can’t collide without Lennie’s world exploding…
When going into a book that deals with death and grief, you’d think it would at least made you feel something for the characters who are affected by it. This feeling is mostly hurt or sympathy (or empathy if you have experienced a death of a loved one before). Although I had this feeling for the characters in the book, I found it difficult to actually like them as people. Mainly Lennie, the protagonist of this book. Get ready for unpopular opinions!
ABOUT THE LOVE TRIANGLE…
Lennie experiences the death of her sister, Bailey, and for whatever reason, is suddenly in a love triangle. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend, who starts to have romantic feelings for Lennie and Joe, a guy from her orchestra band at school (from what I can remember) also starts having romantic feelings for her. This was very frustrating to read.
It’s obvious that Lennie and Toby were mourning Bailey’s death, but I found it so unnecessary to have them both replacing their hurt with the next thing that was close to Bailey – each other.
I felt like Lennie was insecure because she compared herself to Bailey a lot, normally bringing herself down and basically turned to two guys who she thought would comfort her. It was quite upsetting reading this because she knew her grandmother aka Gram (who raised them both) and uncle were also mourning but completely avoided talking to them whenever they would try to talk to her about their loss.
This book definitely gave me insta-love vibes. Lennie and Joe talked to each other like 3 times then all of a sudden, he’s always at her house and she’s thinking about how she’s falling in love with him. Some of the things Lennie said…they’re just really corny. I won’t lie, normally, corny things don’t bother me too much but the love triangle mixed with the insta-love constantly made me say out loud “this is ridiculous” every time Lennie would make some statement about how she’s a love with this guy she hardly knows.
One other issue I had with this book was about Lennie’s friend, Sarah. Not her personality, but definitely the advice she gave to Lennie. At one point in the book, she basically encouraged Lennie to dress up in order for a *certain character* to sexualise her and give in to her seduction in order to get their attention again….like??? What?
WHAT I ACTUALLY DID LIKE
Although I didn’t enjoy most of the book, I must say that I loved Gram’s character. She was so sweet planting her cute flowers and painting and was literally the voice to my thoughts. She didn’t beat around the bush and she said what needed to be said which I loved.
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