So I had been so excited to read The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson for so long as it was very hyped up and everyone was absolutely raving about it. So when I saw it in my local op shop for $1 I picked that baby up right away. I also felt like I scored big with it as it is the UK edition which has gorgeous illustrations and is in a notebook type format which I thought was brilliant. Anyway, a couple of days ago I decided to start reading it and wow, I don’t think I’ve been more disappointed in a book to be honest.
I’m just going to write the blurb out so you can get an idea for what the story is about…
“ What’s wrong with me? What kind of girl wants to kiss every boy at a funeral, wants to maul a guy in a 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? ”
So spoiler alert but that is pretty much the whole book… I thought this would be a book where the character goes through some pretty serious character development, but seriously Lennie was just as annoying and ridiculous t the end as she was at the start of the bloody book!
I felt like Jandy Nelson had just written a bunch of dot points on events to happen in the book and then put them in the book. There was no explanation of anything. There was no climax in the story the whole thing was just plain and boring. There was only one thing that made me think “OMG NO WAY!!” and then literally after it was revealed, they just move on as if nothing happened. The ONE chance this book had to get slightly interesting and it just doesn’t even use it.
So, if you couldn’t already tell, this book really annoyed me. I could go on for ages about everything I didn’t like about this book, but I feel like everyone who reads this review would have loved it so there’s no point. I was also looking forward to reading I’ll Give You the Sun but now I don’t think I will even attempt it if it is anything like this book.
I do have to say though, I did enjoy *some* of the poems in the book. I thought it was interesting how it would state where they were found eg. “Found on a branch of a tree outside Clover High” and I also really liked the illustrations of them in the book, even though some were hard to read.
Format: Paperback/ hardback? I’m not really sure…
Favourite Quote: “…fool for love where her bookmark will never move forward. I’ve read it for her twice now, always putting the bookmark back where it was when I finish – it kills me she will never find out what happens in the end”
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?
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