The Sky is Everywhere
This book isn't just about loss - it's about love, it's about the life-giving force of family ties and it's about embracing life in all its splendour.
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17-year old Lennie Walker is a Heathcliff-obsessed bookworm and music geek. She's also younger sister to the vivacious and sparkly Bailey - and is more than content to follow and live in the shadow of the sibling she adores.

Weighed down by the gravity of her sister’s death, Lennie doesn't know which way to go and in the midst of her confusion, she suddenly and unexpectedly finds herself having to deal with the attentions of two very different boys.

And in the midst of all the chaos, confusion and resounding notes of desolation,  the paths of Lennie and both boys will impact and collide, sending Lennie on a journey of new awakenings and discovery; teaching her that moving on doesn't necessarily mean letting go.

Jandy Nelson  finds a way to capture the fragile essence, the melancholy nuances and the heart and soul of a girl so crippled by her grief that it robs you, the reader, of every single word you've learnt and uttered throughout your entire life.

Lennie’s  grief is a tangible and visible force that grips you, shakes you to the core and refuses to let you go. You'll ache for the girl who has always seen herself as a companion pony to her sister's racehorse status and you'll weep for the girl who says that "the world is not a safe place" and who scatters poetry in the wind in order to keep the wild and untamed spirit of her sister alive.

In essence, this book isn't just about loss  - it's about love, it's about the life-giving force of family ties and it's about embracing life in all its glorious, heartbreaking, gut-wrenching and colourful splendour.

At the end of it all, I think this quote (It's my new favourite quote) sums it up best:

"Life's a freaking mess. In fact, I'm going to tell Sarah we need to start a new philosophical movement: messessentialism instead of existentialism: For those who revel in the essential mess that is life".

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