There's been a surge of amazing contemporary young adult fiction lately. I had a hard time narrowing down some of my favorites to find one to highlight today. But I love the literary flavor of THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson, the play with language, the thought-invoking poetry.
Here's a little excerpt from the beginning of the book:
"Gram is worried about me. It's not just because my sister Bailey died four weeks ago, or because my mother hasn't contacted me in sixteen years, or even because suddenly all I think about is sex. She is worried about me because one of her household plants has spot."
How could you not read on? And of course the losing-a-sister theme is very familiar to me. I loved this book. I didn't just read it, I sank into it. I got the feeling as I was reading that Jandy Nelson, the author, and also Lennie, the main character, were both so in love with words.
Here's the UK version of the book trailer, which I think really does a wonderful job of capturing this book:
And some praise for THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE:
“This is a passionate, vulnerable, wonderfully complete and irresistible book.”
—VOYA, Starred Review
“Those who think young-adult books can’t be as literary, rich, and mature as their adult counterparts will be disabused of that notion after reading The Sky Is Everywhere . . . First-time author and literary agent Jandy Nelson has created a finely-drawn portrait of grief and first love, with vivid characters and melodic prose.”
—The Daily Beast
“From the opening paragraph, the author brilliantly navigates Lennie’s course between despair and hope, sorrow and humor . . . Debut novelist Jandy Nelson possesses a rare gift for language and a finely tuned ear . . . a suspenseful and gripping love triangle.”
Have you read THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE? If so, without spoilers, what were some of your favorite moments in this book? And if you haven't read it, do you have any favorite contemporary YA novels with a literary flavor? I'd love to hear!