Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Dial; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)
THE HEART IS EVERYWHERE is a WOW of a novel!!! I adore this book for every single word between it's mesmerizing pages and wish that I could have my memory wiped clean so that I may enjoy this amazing novel all over again.
Jandy Nelson debut effort showcases an amazing talent that has a strong YA voice that will make you laugh and cry over this beautifully intense story.
THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE is a story about a Lennie, a girl that is dealing with the sudden death of her beloved and vivacious older sister Bailey. A loss that is not only felt by Lennie but by her Grams, Uncle Big and Toby, Bailey's boyfriend. Lennie feels untethered with her loss, so filled with grief that food tastes like ash and the only solace she wants is the inner sanctum of the room they once shared. Then she begins to talk to Toby and together they are able to draw comfort in each other from their loss and sorrow. Soon feelings begin to surface and as Lennie tries to process them a new boy comes to town and he turns her world around with his musical talent and bat bat bat of his eyelashes. Both guys are different as night and day and both are important to Lennie's healing process but there can only be one Heathclif to her Catherine and in one crazy moment it all begins to unravel. Lennie must find it within herself to live her life out of her sister's shadow and become her own person while dealing with her grief that will always be a part of her.
THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE is heart wrenching and emotional, powerful and deeply engrossing and once I began I could not put it down. I loved how Lennie's feelings where expressed through her revealing poems and how she easily wore her heart on her sleeve. It was so very refreshing and amazing I could not get enough of Lennie's voice. I was hooked from the very first line and I had to know how it all played out and I was not disappointed.