Adrift after her sister Bailey's sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey's boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs... though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode.
Join Lennie on this heartbreaking and hilarious journey of profound sorrow and mad love, as she makes colossal mistakes and colossal discoveries, as she traipses through band rooms and forest bedrooms and ultimately right into your heart.
As much a celebration of love as a poignant portrait of loss, Lennie's struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often uproarious, and absolutely unforgettable.
Warning: Full on gushing to commence. I'd certainly heard about this book before. I remember one particular tweet from one of my Twitter followers: "Who hasn't read The Sky Is Everywhere? I just want to know for unfollowing purposes." Next Monday, author Jandy Nelson will be coming to my favorite book store Books and Books in Miami, so I wanted to read this before meeting her. Wow. Wow. Wow. What a beautifully written story. It is very honest, which I love. Lennie is not all pain and she's not all happiness. Her thoughts her hilarious and very realistic. Teenagers are not in one place, and especially one going through everything Lennie has been through as of late.
Joe Fontaine made me smile every single time I read about him. What a happy, lovely boy. I want that happy boy in my life. Even though there was a scene that I knew was coming, it still hurt me right in the feels having to read it. Gram and Big are the best, and I loved reading about those two quirky characters. I listened to this on audiobook, and at the beginning and end of each disc there was clarinet music. Beautiful, perfect clarinet music. And the audio narrator, Julia Whelan, is full of expression and was a perfect Lennie.
I could go on, but it would just be me continuing to gush. I've heard nothing but great things about Jandy Nelson's other book, I'll Give You the Sun, so I may have to dive into that next.