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The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
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I really enjoyed this emotionally charged book and I'm sure it'll be on my mind for quite a while. The characters were reasonably likeable though I did find myself to be a little annoyed with Lennie at times. However, this is probably expected. I found Lennie's feelings to be a little incomprehensible sometimes and I found the book to be slightly too sexually directed considering what had just happened to Bailey - I didn't find it so realistic.
The format of the book was great. I absolutely adored the scraps of paper/notes/poems that were included in the book - they really made the book what it was for me and added that extra special something. This book conjures up many emotions surrounding both grief and love and I found it to be very effective. This is certainly a beautiful book and something that I would recommend.

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Jandy Nelson
“There were once two sisters
who were not afriad of the dark
because the dark was full of the other's voice
across the room,
because even when the night was thick
and starless
they walked home together from the river
seeing who could last the longest
without turning on her flashlight,
not afraid
because sometimes in the pitch of night
they'd lie on their backs
in the middle of the path
and look up until the stars came back
and when they did,
they'd reach their arms up to touch them
and did.”
Jandy Nelson, The Sky is Everywhere

Jandy Nelson
“Remember how it was when we kissed? Armfuls and armfuls of light thrown right at us. A rope dropping down from the sky. How can the word love and the word life even fit in the mouth?”
Jandy Nelson, The Sky is Everywhere

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“I wish my shadow would get up and walk beside me.”
Jandy Nelson, The Sky is Everywhere

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“There once was a girl who found herself dead.
She peered over the ledge of heaven
and saw that back on earth
her sister missed her too much,
was way too sad,
so she crossed some paths
that would not have crossed,
took some moments in her hand
shook them up
and spilled them like dice
over the living world.
It worked.
The boy with the guitar collided
with her sister.
"There you go, Len," she whispered. "The rest is up to you.”
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“My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn't go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her. That's just how it is. Grief and love are conjoined, you don't get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy.”
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“That's a misconception, Lennie. The sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet.”
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“When he plays
all the flowers swap colors
and years and decades and centuries
of rain pour back into the sky”
Jandy Nelson, The Sky is Everywhere

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“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 one 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, The Sky is Everywhere

Jandy Nelson
Jandy Nelson, The Sky is Everywhere
tags: poem, sad

Reading Progress

06/03/2011 page 241

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