The Sky is Everywhere is an enchanting read! Music, poetry, love, grief…Jandy Nelson meshed all these elements in a majestic albeit funny ball of her own patented fiction that she hurls straight to the heart of the readers. I wouldn’t give away so much about it, but I’d like to say I enjoyed it very much. Review to follow! :)
There’s a short interview with the author after the epilogue, and my favorite bit is her advice to aspiring writers. I thought to share it here, since most of you guys I know would be interested in it. Here’s what she said:
Read, read, read. And write, write, write. Also, remember that what makes your voice as a writer unique is the fact that you're you, so don't be afraid to put yourself on the page, to reveal your passions, sorrows, joys, idiosyncrasies, insights, your personal monsters and miracles.
Only you can be you and only you can write like you—that's your gift alone. If you have the writing fever, just keep at it—writing takes a ton of practice, patience, and perseverance—make sure to ignore the market and don't let rejection talk you out of your dream.
I love this quote by Ray Bradbury: "Yet if I were asked to name the most important items in a writer's make-up, the things that shape his material and rush him along the road to where he wants to go, I could only warn him to look to his zest, see to his gusto."