The first word that comes to mind after I finished listening to this book is: WOW.
This book was recommended to me last year by my friend Michelle. SheThe first word that comes to mind after I finished listening to this book is: WOW.
This book was recommended to me last year by my friend Michelle. She did warn me beforehand that it was sad, so I did have a bit of an idea of what I was getting myself into… apparently not enough.
So being the person I am, I purchased a copy of the book when it was on sale, and put it on my shelf to read at a later date. Time passed and I had to use up some of my credits on Audible.com so I bought a audio copy of it as well.
Fast forward another year or so after that and I find myself sitting at work sick of the music I have on my iPod so I switch over to books. This is the one I chose to listen to.
From the first ten minutes of listening I was hooked. In tears, but hooked. I may understand Lennie more now, being on the other end of loss, then I think I would have before.
Her heart break at losing her sister, the anger and the pain she feels. I know that feeling. I understand Lennie's feelings of need. Of the desire for human contact. For her feelings of betrayal towards her sister.
It's very real to me.
In a lot of ways she is me.
How does the author know this is how it feels? Has she lost someone too?
I heard the words from this book and they echoed with what I was feeling, and how I felt for those months after I was left behind too. How I desperately needed an outlet and sometimes the written word was all I had because the spoken words wouldn't come out of my mouth. The needing human companionship. The longing for the comfort of being touched and the need for reckless passion to feel the sensations, to feel anything, to block out the wallowing darkness that threatens to engulf you at any moment.
Some parts of the book took that hole in my heart that the death of my own sister-in-law made and seemed to rip it open again and it's like the last 3 years of healing vanished and the sad is all new again. But while it opened a lot of heartache, it also helped heal over some too. The climax and resolution of the story were so beautifully crafted, then in some ways there were those "ah ha" moments reminding me to think of others because my grief is no more or less then theirs and everyone has lost out. Don't forget the others.
I truly loved this book. I would recommend it to others who would enjoy a good teen romance with a lot of sad mixed in… or perhaps it’s more of a walk through grief with a little teen romance mixed in. Either way you look at it The Sky Is Everywhere was just a good book.
Just a warning, there is quite a bit of language (meaning the BIG F word) throughout the book, but honestly its probably a lot less then what some of us hear on a daily basis.
“grief is a house where the chairs have forgotten how to hold us the mirrors how to reflect us the walls how to contain us
grief is a house that disappears each time someone knocks at the door or rings the bell a house that blows into the air at the slightest gust that buries itself deep in the ground while everyone is sleeping
grief is a house where no on can protect you where the younger sister will grow older than the older one where the doors no longer let you in or out” ― Jandy Nelson ...more
Okay, I'm not going to lie to you. This wasn't the best thought out novel ever. The main characters were weak and selfish and sometimes completely patOkay, I'm not going to lie to you. This wasn't the best thought out novel ever. The main characters were weak and selfish and sometimes completely pathetic. There was no reason for them to fall in love and no build up to them being destined for each other... But other than that, I enjoyed this book. There were several points in the novel where I paused and compared it to Twilight. The poor main male character always brooding and running away from the girl he is supposed to be in love with and all the "oooooo stay away from me" lines. Bleh. Haw pathetic. However, for a quick weekend read it wasn't terrible. Sure, the book is like 459 pages long, but I finished it in one full day. It has a large type-set so there aren't as many words in it as the bulk of the book would suggest. So it's not a hard one to read. Overall, I did like the story, and it had a lot of potential to be a good book. I just wish that there had been more character development with Daniel and Luce, and that they would have acted the way their character descriptions made them sound. There was some build up to the climactic face off, but not really enough, and then when it came down to describing things the author was very vague and she might as well just have said "And then something happened and then something else came along and some one said this." I know that as an author you're supposed to trust your readers and leave a little to their imagination, but I don't think you're supposed to leave EVERYTHING to the readers imagination. Listen to me, all I'm doing is boo-whooing this book when really I had a hard time putting it down. Even though it was vague, and the characters were hollow, it was an easy story to get into and enjoyable to read. Just don't go into it expecting it to be a super great book and you wont be too disappointed. I may or may not read the sequels, that has yet to be decided....more
Well, it's been almost 4 months since I read this book, so it's about time I reviewed it...
I really liked Linger. Notice I didn't say LOVE like I didWell, it's been almost 4 months since I read this book, so it's about time I reviewed it...
I really liked Linger. Notice I didn't say LOVE like I did with Shiver. This book was good, and I loved listening to it, but I like the first one more. The audio version is great. The young voice actors that read the story are amazing. They switched up the voice of Sam in this novel so now he sounds like a hobbit vs the mentally slow older man that they had for him in the Shiver audio version. It's much better. Sam also sings in this edition. LOVE IT. I did love the Cole/Isable story, this book I think was really about them and Sam and Grace were kind of just side characters. I am looking forward to FOREVER, but I don't think I would have felt too bad if I hadn't read Linger.
That said, though, I really did enjoy the book and would recommend the trilogy to everyone I know. ...more
I really just have two words to desctibe this book.
This was a really fast read. I thin it has taken me about 3 days to get through, and I reaI really just have two words to desctibe this book.
This was a really fast read. I thin it has taken me about 3 days to get through, and I really didn't have all that much reading time. So it was a quick easy read, and I think that is what I am racing now days.
This is the story of Ophelia. Yes, That Ophelia, from Hamlet. Lisa Klein decided that it was just to tragic to let Ophelia die as it shows in the play, but that she contrived a way to continue living dispite the horrors and revenge were plagued upon Elsinore and Denmark.
I got quite wrapped up in this story. I have always loved historical romances, and I love reading different author's thought's and feelings on a pre-existing work. I love William Shakespear. I have a fondness for YA novels... Put them all together, and what do you get? Ophelia
I shall say no more because to do so I would probably end up giving away the whole plot, and my sister hates when I do that. ...more
I picked up this series of books several months ago to fill my head with nonsense after Lariann died. Reading was a good distraction from the trauma oI picked up this series of books several months ago to fill my head with nonsense after Lariann died. Reading was a good distraction from the trauma of real life.I read a lot of books the months following, but these are the only ones I have decided I want in my personal collection. The Luxe, Rumors and Envy were a joy to read.
These books follow the life path or 4 young women between 1899-1900 as young New York City Socialites: Elizabeth, Diana, Penelope, and Carolina and their trials and tribulations and the rise and fall of their stars.
I fell in love with the characters and found myself rooting for them in their times of triumph and sad for them in their times of need. I was sad to discover, after reading Envy back in June that it was not in fact the last book and I had to wait until October to read Splendor. I pre-ordered the novel several months ago and have just been waiting and waiting for it to arrive.
I received Splendor in the mail on Tuesday afternoon and finished this book at 12:38 am this morning. As a whole, it took me less the 7 hours total to get through. It has been a while since I have been so involved in a book that I haven't been able to put it down. I am horribly tired today and can hardly keep my eyes open, but I made the choice to stay up and now I'll pay for it. Was staying up that late to read worth it? Probably not, but I enjoyed myself.
All of the Luxe books have been incredibly addicting and I found myself truly caring about Elizabeth, Diana, Henry, Teddy and the rest of the cast again. I found myself cheering out-loud at one point and nearly heart-breakingly sad at another. Most of the time I was reading this I had a cheesy grin upon my face because I was so immersed in the lives of the characters.
I loved Loved LOVED the fact that not everyone got their happy endings. Books like that really get on my nerves sometimes, but this one wrapped up nicely. This book was a good ending to the series - everyone pretty much got what they deserved.
Now I find myself wanting more. I want to learn about the lives that were changed by the choices and decisions that were made, I want to know more about Teddy and oddly enough, I want to know more about Aunt Edith. I want the back story to how Elizabeth's father knew. I want more of these characters.
This is a book that would probably transition well into movie format, and I'm sure that they would be so much better then the Twilight movies, heck, you could probably cover all 4 books in a 2 hour movie. How about someone makes Luxe instead of wasting time turning The Host in to a movie. ...more
I laughed so hard when I opened this book on Christmas Eve. I said "Oh my gosh, you got me a smut novel" and my sister-in-law said "no I didn't" but uI laughed so hard when I opened this book on Christmas Eve. I said "Oh my gosh, you got me a smut novel" and my sister-in-law said "no I didn't" but upon closer inspection, yes, in fact she did buy me a smut novel. This is the first I have read in many years and lets just say it reminded me of why I really don't read them. First of all it's about this Scotish vampire who is seeking true love, then you throw in a girl who is trying to prove that vampires exists in order to bust her best friend out of the mental institution that her crazy uncle put her in so he could inherit her 85 million dollars. Add to that a shape shifting gay neighbor and some evil vampires and some sex and :POOF: you've got yourself the makings of a smut novel. On the whole it's okay. I mean it can't have been that bad for me to have read it completely in like 2 days because that hardly ever happens lately. And it made me laugh at how absurd the whole plot was, but for a romance novel I think it may have been one of the better ones I have read. I'd really only give it about 3.5 stars, but since that isn't an option I guess I'll settle with 4....more
the end of this book left me sickened and asddened that I hjave just spent the last 2 weeks reading this series hoping it would end on the same note ithe end of this book left me sickened and asddened that I hjave just spent the last 2 weeks reading this series hoping it would end on the same note it began... but no, I was dissapointed....more
I am not sure that I liked this book. The premise is good, the story could be great, but I just can't stand this first person point of view. I don't kI am not sure that I liked this book. The premise is good, the story could be great, but I just can't stand this first person point of view. I don't know if it's just the author I can't stand, or if first person POV books are just starting to irritate me. Oh well. ...more
I'd actually only give this book 2 1/2 stars, but that wasn't an option.
I enjoyed reading it because I cared what happenedwhat a stupid ending. ugh!
I'd actually only give this book 2 1/2 stars, but that wasn't an option.
I enjoyed reading it because I cared what happened to the characters and needed resolution. but to get it that way... I really might as well have been reading a trashy romance novel for all the plot, thought and sex that goes into it.
Honestly I just could't wrap my head around such nonsense (and believe me I deal with a lot of nonsense) to even have the ending be close to good enough.
I'm sickened that EVERYONE gets a happy ending except Irena of course, but no one was attatched or liked her anyway. I think that even fiction should have some reflection of real life, and as Bella pointed out in Twilight, "Life is not fair" so why should everyone get what they want in the end.
I think the whole book sounded like she read all the fan fiction that people have put out there and mashed it all together. I think I have read ALL those story lines on fan websites.
Ummm,I finished this book today. And I really don't know what to say... Other then that it was really good and I enjoyed reading it, it drug up a lotUmmm,I finished this book today. And I really don't know what to say... Other then that it was really good and I enjoyed reading it, it drug up a lot of old memories about a boy that I have tried to repress and just move on from.
Stupid unrequited high school love. There was one particular scene in the book near the end that was almost a mirror image of an experience I had - minus the Vampire/Werewolf bit - and it made me stop and think about HIM and a moment in time that I really have tried to forget.
I have loved three men in my life. One is gay, One married me, and One still holds a piece of my heart.
Funny even after I haven't seen him in 10 years he still holds that little piece of my heart that I can't seem to get back. I never did get to say goodbye when he abandoned me forever.... ...more
My opinion on the Twilight Series ... I loved it. but I'm always a sucker for Horror/Romance. I found myself reading these books in a whirlwind. It waMy opinion on the Twilight Series ... I loved it. but I'm always a sucker for Horror/Romance. I found myself reading these books in a whirlwind. It was like I couldn't put them down. I have recomended these books to a few people, who I think would appreciate them, because they are definantly not for everyone. If you look at them as juvinile then that is what they are. However if you read them with that teenage heart that is trapped in your adult body it's a beautiful story. I found myself in Bellas shoes several times as I read these books with scenes that echoed the exact moment in my teenage life (minus the vampires) and I believed every word. I can't wait for the final book to come out. I hope it is a great ending for such a wonderful series of books. :) ...more
I got a pre-emptive notice regarding this book from my older sister-in-law. I thought it was too funny not to share:
"I read this book because (13 yearI got a pre-emptive notice regarding this book from my older sister-in-law. I thought it was too funny not to share:
"I read this book because (13 year-old) had been told it was such a GOOD book. She read it and really liked it. So then I read it and the rest of the ones in the series. As a mother I had a couple of "issues" with this book. It is very romantic and they talk a lot about being SO in love. I had to explain to her that men do not talk like that. Second of all, he should NOT be spending the night with her - even if nothing happened. Third of all, just because he is trapped in a 17 year old body, he is still 80+ years old. Why would he be so attracted to her? I enjoyed the book, but as a mature 40+ year old, I can see it for what it is - a fun, good read. I worry about all the young teen girls who read this and think this is what and how love is. I hope they have someone to help bring them down to earth. It would be nice if love were really that great and men expressed them selves so freely, and you could always feel that pitter-pat in your heart, but from my years of experience it's just not like that. Sorry to dash your hopes - maybe it's like that for you. Enjoy the book and the others that follow. It was a quick fun read, though."
I found that these books speak to that teenage heart hiding deep within my "tainted by the real world" exterior and I get great enjoyment out of going back to that part of me that I miss a great deal.
I relate to the main character in the story "Bella" she is an awkward teenager who doesn't always see herself as others see her and has a hard time seeing why "Edward" the drop dead gorgeous vampire would want anything to do with her. True, the boy I loved in high school wasn't a drop dead gorgeous vampire, but he was beautiful to me and took my silly teenage heart for granted and walked all over it, but that's enough about him for now.
So here I go on my views and a few things I would like to address:
“It is very romantic and they talk a lot about being SO in love. I had to explain to her that men do not talk like that.”
About this book being very romantic and all the talk about being SO in love - well - It hasn't been too long since I was a teenager myself .....
As a young teen girl that is "what and how love is". Saying "that's not love" is one thing, but to a teenager that is IT. I have volumes of poetry and stories that I have written on this exact topic. Go to any teenager and they probably have the same.
As a teenager I believe that we feel/felt things more deeply and experienced more in those few short lived years of our life the I think we ever will again. I loved more deeply/lustfully/openly/truly/vibrantly in my 3 years of high school then I have any day since then, and before anyone gets all offended I will clarify that REAL love, ETERNAL love and the SECURITY of love shared with a spouse or family or friends is completely different, but no less true or electric.
No, in real life men don't talk like that, but sometimes the men in our heads do. Who hasn't had a conversation with a man in their head and every word that came out of his mouth was sweet and romantic and full of feeling and truth? I'm sure most women have. Just because the men we are with on a daily basis don't talk like that it doesn't mean we don't want them to. :)
“Second of all, he should NOT be spending the night with her - even if nothing happened.”
The ways of LDS youth are not always the ways of the world, and just because the book was written by a former BYU student doesn't mean that the pages need to be dripping with gospel doctrine and perfect morals. That's Jack Weyland's job. She was writing a book for large publication where in a lot of places and to a lot of people this morality is the norm.
When I was 17 I spent the night with a boy - nothing happened, we shared a twin-sized bed at a sleep over where one of the only reasons I went was because it was his sister, at his house. Was it right? probably not. Did anything happen? he kissed me. Did my parents know? they do now. Do I feel guilty about it? no. Am I the only LDS girl who has ever done this? Absolutely not. Does that make a difference? no. Does this make me a bad person? No. Face it. Teenagers do things because we can and because we want to, not because our parents tell us to.
“Third of all, just because he is trapped in a 17 year old body, he is still 80+ years old. Why would he be so attracted to her?”
Yes, he's a vampire. Yes, he's 80 + years older then her, but is it more appropriate for that said vampire to date a 17 year old or should he bee looking to the older women in the 40 + still looking like a 17 year old? Just because he'll live forever doesn't make him any less needy then the rest of us and perhaps his body and his feelings are stuck in that perpetual 17 year old state. (why am I defending a fictional character?!)
"It would be nice if love were really that great and men expressed themselves so freely, and you could always feel that pitter-pat in your heart, but from my years of experience it's just not like that."
Eventually we all grow up. Even though this book gives the illusion of "what love is" and that teenage girls will believe it ... Eventually we all grow up. What is the harm in believing that maybe somewhere this kind of love is possible and that the person you choose to spend eternity with will love you deeply and electrically and unconditionally? Shouldn't that be how life is? That's how I love my soul mate, it's not always perfect, but it is deep and true and I hope it stays that way.