Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan at Bookslayer Reads which aims to showcase standalone books which you loved or would recommend.
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey.
But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to centre stage of her own life—and suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two boys. One boy takes Lennie out of her sorrow; the other comforts her in it. But the two can’t collide without Lennie’s world exploding…
The Sky is Everywhere is the second Jandy Nelson book I read, but it’s actually my favourite. I only discovered the author after it seemed like everyone had read and loved I’ll Give You the Sun, I need to see what all the fuss was about. I fell in love with that book immediately, so it made perfect sense to jump right into The Sky is Everywhere after finishing it.
Of all the books I’ve read this is one of the best that deals the grief of losing someone you love. The main part of this story is Lennie’s journey accepting and moving past her sister’s death, and I felt it was all incredibly written, powerful and moving. The Sky is Everywhere is always going to be a favourite YA contemporary book of mine, and Jandy Nelson an auto-buy author as well.
“I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never 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 and spirit and joy.”
You can check out my review for The Sky is Everywhere here.
What did you think of The Sky is Everywhere? Have you read it yet or is it still on your to-read list? Let me know in the comments and let me know if you took part in this week’s Standalone Sunday as well.