Monday, October 25, 2010

a silver Inky - The Sky is Everywhere

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (Walker Books)

I think this is my pick for the silver Inky.
For a book that is about a girl coming to terms with the sudden death of her beloved sister it is wonderfully heartwarming and sexy and fun. It is sad in parts, very much so, but it's not doleful.

This is Lennon's story (Lennie to most people). Her older sister Bailey has recently died unexpectedly from a fatal arrhythmia and the book explores Lennie's grieving process and her relationships with her Gram (who has looked after her and bailey since their mother took off exploring), her uncle Big, her friends and two different boys. Toby is Bailey's boyfriend - equally as adrift and devastated as Lennie and the two fall - horribly - into each other's arms for comfort. Joe Fontaine is the new boy, a total dream, and it is with him Lennie (or John Lennon, as he calls her) feels like she can play music once more.
It's a beautiful read, full of blowsy, overblown language. (Oh, there are a lot of flowers in this story too).
you can vote for it here.

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