Friday, August 6, 2010

Brain-Breaking-Books: The Sky is Everywhere

...by Jandy Nelson
This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read.

It's a book to own and keep on your bookshelf.
The sentences are poetic, gorgeous, and heart-breaking.
I want to hold her words on my lips and infuse them into my soul. TRULY!
Here's a blurb from Booklist:
Lennie has always been the companion pony to her sister Bailey’s race horse. When Bailey dies suddenly while rehearsing the lead in Romeo and Juliet, Lennie is thrust into the spotlight.

A normally reserved band geek who reads Wuthering Heights like a manifesto, Lennie is not prepared to deal with her grief. Nor is she equipped to confront the affection she feels for her dead sister’s fiancĂ©. Adding to her emotional roller coaster is the gorgeous, musically gifted new boy in town who is clearly in love with her.

Readers will identify with her and root for her to finally make the first steps toward healing.

Nelson incorporates poems, written by Lennie and left for the wind to carry away, that help readers delve deeper into her heart.

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The book is littered with poems that Lennie writes.
They are so affecting. Here's one of my favorites:

When I am with HIM,

there is someone with me

in my house of grief,

someone who knows its architecture as I do,

who can walk with me,

from room to sorrowful room

making the whole rambling structure

of wind and emptiness,

not quite as scary, as lonely

as it was before.

See what I mean? BUY THIS BOOK!

21 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I love this book, too. Someone mentioned it the other day on her blog, saying it was all about sex. I scratched my head, trying to remember why she would say that, but I couldn't remember what the book was about (I've read so many YA books that all they've become a blur of plots). Now I remember. Still stratching my head, though. Maybe she read a different version to me. :)

Sigh. I wish I could write like Jandy.

Jen said...

I have only heard wonderful things about this novel, and yet I still haven't found the time to pick it up *blushes* I need to get my hands on this novel!

Thanks again for reminding me how awesome it is!

Rachele Alpine said...

I love this book and I'm glad you liked it to!

Pamela said...

I love when you write book reviews. I have a "To Read" list of books recommended by you alone!

I'm about 10 pages away from finally finishing Eclipse...

Jenna Wallace said...

This sounds wonderful! I'll have to pick it up. Thanks for the recommendation.

Maddy said...

Sounds intriguing just from the blurb! If you think this is one of the most beautiful books you'v read, then that's saying a lot right there!! Because I know you rean TONS!! :)

Writing Without Periods! said...

I'll put it on my list. Thanks.
Mary

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

Argh I think Blogger ate my comment...essentially it said I haven't heard one negative thing about this book and you just made my TBR pile taller ;) Have a fantastic weekend!

Tahereh said...

DROOLING INTO THE COMMENT BOX I LOVE THIS BOOKS SO MUCH SO MUCH SO MUCHHHHHH

Elana Johnson said...

I did love the poetic nature of this book. It was a fabulous read.

Matthew Rush said...

And yet another blogger agrees how wonderful this book is! Sounds beautiful, will have to pick it up.

Lisa_Gibson said...

I fell so deep in love with this book. If I could crawl in among the pages and live with characters, I think I would. I keep giving my copies away. ;) I have to hold on to one soon. Great review!
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

K. M. Walton said...

Buying it. For sure.

Krispy said...

I'm reading this book right now. Lennie's poems are definitely my favorite parts. They get to me the most.

Hardygirl said...

Yes. This is the best book I've read in a long time. It's absolutely gorgeous.

I'm already craving reading it again.

sf

Medeia Sharif said...

I own it. I can't wait to read it.

MissNeira said...

It does sound interesting, could be a good read for the winter!

p.s I did a post on your necklace! heres the link

http://missneira.com/2010/08/06/power-is-the-ultimate-aphrodisiac/

smallburst said...

OMG. I was going to visit amazon and peruse for a new book. I'll check this out! Hope you're having a great weekend so far.

Melissa said...

Wow. That poem is heart-wrenching and gorgeous in innumerable ways...

I need to read this. Thanks.

Sandy Shin said...

I have read so many wonderful things about this book from the blogosphere, and oh. Oh, that poem is beautiful.

for a different kind of girl said...

I reshelved several copies of this book today, and it's been on my list of "Want to reads," so I'm glad to see a review and hear from someone who enjoyed it. Very much looking forward to working my way down the list for this!