“The Sky is Everywhere” introduces us to Lennon (Lennie) Walker, a junior in high school who is struggling with the sudden death of her older sister. She also begins her first romance while navigating the waters of grief in her life. In the midst of all of this is her wonderfully zany family. Through it all Lennie has her best friend Sarah. Sarah is the kind of friend who will tell you the truth when she thinks what you’re doing is wrong. That’s what I loved most about her, she’s a supportive friend, but she doesn’t hold back any punches. This is a book that deals with teenage grief and teenage romance along with an incredible ensemble of characters, and Sarah is one that truly stands out.
What She’s Like: According to Lennie, Sarah is the most enthusiastic cynical person on the planet. Sarah shares a love of literature with Lennie except that she reads darker books. She read “Nausea” by Jean-Paul Sartre in tenth grade and that’s when she started wearing black all the time (even at the beach) and obsessing about her existential crisis. She has blonde hair, but she dyes it different colors so sometimes her hair is dyed so black it looks blue and other times it’s back to blonde. Sarah even has a jeep she calls Ennui. The best description of Sarah is, “She’s a sun-kissed beach girl who goes gothgrungepunkhippierockeremocoremetalfreakfashionistabraingeekboycrazyhiphoprastagirl.”
Why her? Sarah truly cares about Lennie. She supports her and tries to be there for her as she grieves her sister. Sarah also grieves for Lennie’s older sister as well, since they were also friends. She listens to Lennie and even admits that she doesn’t know what do for her. Then when she finds out that Lennie and Toby (Lennie’s sister’s boyfriend) are comforting each others grief in the wrong way, Sarah does not approve and she is open to Lennie about it. Even though this causes tension between them Sarah sticks to her guns about her disapproval. However, when Lennie and Joe begin their romance Sarah is all for that and also supports them however she can. Sarah is definitely the kind of friend that any girl would want, but she’s especially the kind of friend that all girls need.
Favorite Sarah quotes:
(upon hearing that Lennie is falling in love with Joe): “Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat! That is so unfreakingbelievable! Cows on the moon Len! Cows. On. The. Moon!”
“I am sooooooooooo jealous. Every girl in Clover is after one Fontaine or another. No wonder you’ve been a shut-in. I would be too, if I could shut in with one of them. Let me live vicariously through you. Tell me every freaking detail. That beautiful, beautiful boy, those eyes, those eyelashes, that unfreakingbelievable smile, that trumpet playing, wow, Lennnnnnnie.”
“Seduction always works. I can’t think of one movie where it doesn’t work, can you?”
“I know. because you’re a reacehorse, not some podunk pony.”