Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Contemporary March #10: The Sky is Everywhere


Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and 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 center stage of her own life - and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie's own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they're the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can't collide without the whole wide world exploding.
This remarkable debut is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Francesca Lia Block. Just as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, Lennie's struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable.

Review: Okay, I will admit, I wanted to read this book because I liked the cover, the original cover, not the one above. The one above is the paperback copy, a.k.a., the one I have. I mean, I like the paperback one, love the colors, but not a fan of the girl on the front.

Anyway, here are the postives and negatives of this book. (Note: these are just in random order. No sequence.)

+ I actually felt the emotions of the characters. Lennie's and her family's grieve and pain. The anger of Joe when he caugh Lennie kissing Toby, Bailey's (dead sister) boyfriend.

- For some reason, when I read contemporary and it's very emotional, I start to think dark/negative/suicidal thoughts. Don't know why. At lunch the other day I was really depressed.

+ Joe is a total French American cutie.

- When he was hurt, he went out with the bitch Rachel.

- Lennie lost her sister.

+ She gets through it through her music.

+ Joe plays every instrument under the sun.

+ Joe has two cute older brothers.

- He was heartbroken before. :(

- Bailey left behind her boyfriend.

- They were suppose to get married and she was pregnant.

-Mom left her two girls with Grandma because she didn't have it in her to take care of the girls herself.

+ Girls got along fine without her.

- Boyfriend is extremely sad and turns to Lennie for comfort.

- Lennie become attracted to him and feels guilty for it.

- Lennie feels guilty that she's living and falling in love while her sister is dead.

+ She writes sweet and deep poems throughout the book.

+ Those poems help Joe realize he made a big mistake.

+ There's a happy ending.

- Lennie has a low self-esteem.

+ After coming to terms with her sister being dead, she moves on and falls in love.

- Sex plays a signifcant part in the book.

+ Instead of mushy gooshy crap, it's real life and how sex is portrayed in it.

So you see, this book as it's pros and it's cons. Normally, with a book with its plot, I would have been bored by page 100 since the plot is kinda classic, but it was the emotions and hot French boy that kept me going. :D

Future: Stand alone.




*Bought this book

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