First book review in a long while :')
Lennie Walker. Band geek, clarinet player, and all-around bookworm. Obsessed with Wuthering Heights. She hides behind the shadow of her older and vivacious sister Bailey. But when Bailey unexpectedly dies, Lennie finds herself caught in the center of attention, especially between two boys. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend and shares Lennie’s grief. Joe is the new boy in town, once lived in Paris and half Parisian, along with a musical talent. He has a grin in a size of America. Both boys share something with Lennie. One is her moon and takes away her grief and the other one is her sun, who comforts her.
“What kind of girl wants to kiss every boy at a funeral, wants to maul a guy in tree after making out with her (dead) sister’s boyfriend the previous night? Speaking of which, what kind of girl makes out with her sister’s boyfriend, at all?”
Within this book, I found it hard to connect with Lennie. When you read any book, you want to feel a kind of connection with the main protagonist and understand their feelings and emotions. But with Lennie, she was a complex character to read about because I had absolutely no clue what she wanted.
The only thing I can conclude is that she has hidden behind her big sister’s shadow for so long and because of that she doesn’t know who she is without her.
What I liked about the book was Lennie’s poems, displayed on each of the beginning chapters. They were illustrated heartwarmingly. Instead of just typing it out, it was shown in her actual handwriting and was on paper, which Lennie screwed up after she wrote it. I liked the relationship between Lennie and Joe, which was blossoming at the beginning of the story. I thought they just clicked and I really liked how he calls her “John Lennon” as a nickname. Music played a part in the story and I really like that reference because Lennie and Joe met in a music class.
The affair between Lennie and Toby did annoy me, because even that is what the story is about, a love triangle, how could they do that to Bailey? It was their way of grieving. They both miss her incredibly and they only have each other to console. People grieve in different ways and I think...this is how Toby and Lennie are coping. She and him just could not control their lust for each other, even though they knew they were betraying Bailey. And what about Joe? This Joe character sounded like he was into her and she screwed up. [Spoiler: Lennie and Toby got found out in the end].
This book is a short read but it’s about following Lennie’s journey in life. She’s just beginning to understand life, what it’s like to fall in love and having a dream for her future career, because she’s never had a dream before. For once, it’s about her and not Bailey. The ending of the book ended quite nicely. Lennie finally knew who she was, because with the connection with Joe, she finally moved out of Bailey’s shadow and into her own light.
“My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever, it doesn’t go away; it becomes part of you, step by step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving for Bailey because I will stop loving her. That’s just how it is. Grief and love are conjoined, you don’t get one without the other. All I can do is love her and love the world, emulate her by living with daring sprit and joy.”
I had high expectations for this book and was looking forward to reading it. I wanted to read it because of good reviews on goodreads and on Amazon. Everyone was saying how ‘extraordinary amazing’ it is and I’d imagine it would be a great read. But no, it wasn’t that amazing. I’m not saying it was a bad read, it’s just one of those books that are okay. It’s not the best book I’ve ever read and definitely not the worst.
There will be a film adaption of the Sky is Everywhere, and Selena Gomez will be Lennie 0.0 Not so sure about that, maybe because I’m not a Selena fan. I was imagining Hailee Steinfeld. I definitely see Hailee as Lennie.
I need some really good books to read, is there anything good anyone would recommend? I would appreciate it :)
I’ve already read: Twilight Saga, Vampire Academy, The Mortal Instruments, The Hunger Games, Vampire Academy series, New Moan (Parody), Evernight, Evermore, Hush Hush, Looking for Alaska, Forbidden, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and If I Stay & Where She Went.