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September 1, 2010

Road Trip Wednesday: August's Best Book

Kate Hart
Photobucket I thought this month's choice was going to be hard, because all I read this month were good books, but Jandy Nelson's The Sky Is Everywhere made me...


Yup. Just like that.

The blurb:
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.

Lennie writes poetry and pieces of it dot the book, literally-- "found" pieces start and end chapters, almost like illustrations, scribbled on paper cups, bathroom walls and lost envelopes. Phrases like "Grief is a house where the chairs have forgotten how to hold us... where the younger sister will grow older than the older one" and "Remember how it was when we kissed? Armfuls and armfuls of light thrown right at us" made me stop and sigh. 

A good book entertains me. A really good book makes me stay up reading until I'm finished. A really, really good book makes me fundamentally rethink the way I write (and writhe a little with envy). Guess which category this book was in. (A hint: At the moment, this book has only one 2 star rating on Amazon, and no 1 star ratings at all. Zero. None.)


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  1. this book just killed me too.

    it out-lived the hype (and there was a lot of hype). i dont think you can even hype this up enough...

  2. I looked for this at the library when I was there the other day! It was checked out :(

  3. LOTS of people read this book and LOVED it. I might have to add it to my list.

  4. Still haven't read it, but it's on that ever growing TBR.

  5. HAHA To Dawson's face!

    Uh, yeah. This book was... just, beyond. I got out little sticky notes and am set to re-read it while underlining and basically trying to take a class in HOW TO BE LIKE JANDY.

  6. I've heard so. many. things about this one...and those phrases are mmmmmm...

    (is that gif a Dawson moment? I never watched that show. Grow a pair, dude.

    him, not you.

    I know you have a mighty pair.

    done now.)

  7. I looked for this one in the bookstore but couldn't find it. Must buy online, as I have heard nothing but rave reviews!!

  8. I loooved this book. (And LOfreakingL at the Dawson cry. But, yeah. I cried like that, too while reading it).


    i love it SO HARD.

  10. The entire world wants me to read this. Must. Finish. Other 5 books I'm reading right now first. Crap!

  11. I've heard so much praise about this book, I have to see what all the fuss is about. Oh, and the Dawson cry? Perfection. :)

  12. Me too me too! This book made me laugh and cry at the same time. (Is that Dawson Leery???? haha)

  13. AGree the writing is just beautiful. Dawson's face made me laugh. :)

  14. I've been so curious about this book, and now I know I have to read it. My new library is going to get used to seeing my face. :)

    Thanks for the rec!

  15. OK, how pathetic is it that I know the exact moment in Dawson's Creek when that scene took place? (My excuse is just that I have a good memory)


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