Book: The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Genre: YA Romance
From: The Library (ah poor neglected library!)
I've heard so much about this book and so when I saw it sitting there just waiting to be checked out at the library, I obliged. And I'm so glad I did!
I knew I would love this book as soon as I saw that it was about a band geek. A bookworm band geek. A clarinet playing bookworm band geek! No wait, a clarinet playing Heathcliff obsessed bookworm band geek! People, this is me! Well, was me in high school. Band was my life, so it was very fun for me to read about someone like that. The similarities between us ended with all the issues this girl has though. She is dealing with the recent sudden death of her sister with whom she was very close. The sister also left behind a cowboy/skater boyfriend and these two (the boyfriend and our heroine....whose name is Lennie... after John Lennon by the way) end up mourning together in a very unique yet not so healthy way.
Meanwhile a new boy shows up at band. He actually reminds Lennie of her vision of Heathcliff a little. Add to that the fact that he plays a mean trumpet... and clarinet... and guitar... and I don't even remember what else! Not to mention his brilliant smile and his French-type romantic ways. There really is no hope for her, and yet... she feels guilty for being even a little bit happy. Nothing can be the same without her sister.
A beautifully sad story.... filled with raw emotion written down in that lyrical poetic way I love so much. Then there are all those book and music references thrown in besides! How could I NOT love this book?
Bottom line: Yeah, LOVED it.
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