The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson is unfreakingbelievable!
Actually, i didn't expect to like this for the plot itself is a giveaway that it talks of death, grief, or anything that would make a novel depressing. But reading it feels exactly the opposite! Jandy Nelson is such an incredible writer that even the simplest plot could turn into something beautiful, wonderful, touching and refreshing! The characters are so believable that although they have their own flaws and struggles bottled up inside, I was able to feel them, I was able to feel their grief for Bailey's death. I understood what Gram must feel- she feels alone, ashamed for what she's done, and longs for the return of her daughter. I wanted to remind her that she's not alone, that it's not her fault, and that she did a great thing in raising Lennie and Bailey. I wanted to tell Lennie that wherever her sister is, she's already forgiven, that she shouldn't feel guilty, there's no need to write poems for Bails in every candy wrapper, in every piece of paper and scatter them all over town because she'll always be by her side. I wanted her to soar and touch the sky, to do everything without hesitation and the lingering ghost of her past. That's how emotionally caught up I am in the story.
I admire Joe, his Joelirius, and his batting eyelashes! Bat. Bat. Bat. I admire that he's like the sunshine that lights up everyone's sorrow. I'm just glad that Lennie ended up with him because it means that she's embracing the change. I also enjoyed reading Sarah's personality, she made me laugh with her hilariously exaggerated language -- “Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat! That is so unfreakingfreakingfreakingfreakingbelieveable! Cows on the moon, Len! Cows. On. The. Moon!” -- I seem to forget about Lennie's dilemma whenever she spends time with her bestfriend.
I can say that I'm glad I read this novel because I learned so much, about life, about death, and about people. I feel enlightened after reading this emotional ride of a novel.
I'm just so in LOVE with this book..
I LOVE Joelirius!
I give this 5/5 stars!