The Sky Is Everywhere

The Sky Is Everywhere

by Jandy Nelson


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Adrift after her sister Bailey's sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey's boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs... though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode.

Join Lennie on this heartbreaking and hilarious journey of profound sorrow and mad love, as she makes colossal mistakes and colossal discoveries, as she traipses through band rooms and forest bedrooms and ultimately right into your heart.

As much a celebration of love as a poignant portrait of loss, Lennie's struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often uproarious, and absolutely unforgettable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142417805
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/22/2011
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 62,841
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.87(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jandy Nelson, like her characters in I’ll Give you the Sun, comes from a superstitious lot. She was tutored from a young age in the art of the four-leaf clover hunt; she knocks wood, throws salt, and carries charms in her pockets. Her debut novel, The Sky Is Everywhere, was on multiple Best Books of the Year lists, was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, earned numerous starred reviews, has been translated widely, and continues to enjoy great international success. Jandy has a BA from Cornell, an MFA in poetry from Brown, and another MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Currently a full-time writer, Jandy lives and writes in San Francisco, California—not far from the settings of The Sky Is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun.

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"Nelson's first novel is tender, romantic, and loaded with passion."—The Horn Book

"The author brilliantly navigates Lennie's course between despair and hope, sorrow and humor... a gripping love triangle."—Shelf Awareness

"In this amazing tale of love and loss, Nelson introduces a cast of characters who make the reader laugh and cry."—NPR's The Roundtable

"Nearly everyone who's staggering through life in the wake of a loved one's death will recognize themselves in this brilliant, piercing story."—The Denver Post

• "This is distinguished by the dreamy California setting and poetic images that will draw readers into Lennie's world..."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A joy to read. You'll remember [it] long after you've turned the last page."—The Romantic Times

• "It's romantic without being gooey and tear-jerking without being campy—what more could a reader want?"—BCCB, starred review

• "This is a passionate, vulnerable, wonderfully complete and irresistible book."—VOYA, starred review

"[Nelson] writes with abandon... it's a headlong kind of book, preferably devoured at a single setting."—Los Angeles Times

"Brimming with humor and life, full of music and the poems Lennie drops all over town, The Sky is Everywhere explores betrayal and forgiveness through a vibrant cast of characters."—SLJ

"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... A finely-drawn portrait of grief and first love."—The Daily Beast

"A story of love, loss, and healing that will resonate with readers long after they've finished reading."—Booklist

"A story about love and loss... both heartfelt and literary."—Kirkus Reviews

"Sky is both a profound meditation on loss and grieving and an exhilarating and very sexy romance. The book deserves multiple readings simply to savor Nelson's luscious language..."—NPR (chosen by Gayle Forman as one of the top five teen reads of 2010)

"How grief and love run side by side is sensitively and intensely explored in this energetic, poetic, and warm-blooded novel."—The Guardian

"An addictive, romantic, heartbreaking, and wise tale of one girl's epic loss—and equally epic self-discovery. Seriously, stop reading this blurb; start reading this book!"—Gayle Forman, author of the New York Times Bestseller If I Stay

"Wow. I sobbed my eyes out and then laughed through the tears. I have not fallen in love with a story and its characters like this in a long time. Stunning, heartbreaking, hilarious. A story that shakes the earth."—An Na, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award and National Book Award Finalist

"Okay, I admit it. I have a huge crush on this book—it's beautiful, brilliant, passionate, funny, sexy, and deep. Come to think of it, I might even want to marry this book."—Sonya Sones, author of What My Mother Doesn't Know

"Full of heart, quirky charm, and beautiful writing, The Sky Is Everywhere simply shines."—Deb Caletti, National Book Award Finalist and author of The Secret Life of Prince Charming

"Jandy Nelson's story of grief somehow manages to be an enchantment, a celebration, a romance—without forsaking the rock-hard truths of loss."—Sara Zarr, National Book Award Finalist and author of Story of a Girl and Sweethearts

"The Sky Is Everywhere evokes the intensity of desire and agony of heartache with breathtaking clarity. This beautifully written story will leave an indelible impression upon your soul."—Susane Colasanti, author of When It Happens

A Publishers Weekly Flying Start Title

A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Translated into seventeen different languages

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The Sky Is Everywhere 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 204 reviews.
Scarls17 More than 1 year ago
This book is breathtakingly good. Jandy Nelson's first novel is a tender, beautifully written book about grief, love, family, and self-realization. Lennie is just 17 when her beloved older sister Bailey dies abruptly and the after affects of the loss are almost catastrophic. Once a talented clarinet player, Lennie stops playing and begins to hide from everything she once knew. The sadness that comes through in the words of this book was almost overwhelming. At times I didn't think I could finish The Sky Is Everywhere because the thought of dealing with a similar loss was just too much. There is more to the story than just grief, though. Lennie has to begin dealing with being the main player in the story of her own life..something she is not used to. She becomes close to two boys and both affect her in different ways. One is a comfort to the life she remembers, when her sister was still alive, and the other breaths a new life into her and inspires her to live, love, and revisit music. This book reads like poetry and I absolutely can not wait until Jandy Nelson writes something else. A fantastic first novel and I hope other readers enjoy it as much as I did. The Sky Is Everywhere XO
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
When Lennie's sister Bailey dies, she doesn't know how to go on. How do you live when someone so important to you is gone? Nelson took the difficult subject of grief and all the emotion that accompanies it and turned it into a story that will leave you reeling. Grief can be a difficult subject for any author to tackle, but Nelson takes the feeling of isolation, of sheer loneliness and despair and makes it palpable. Telepathically, I tell her I'm sorry. I tell her I just can't confide in her right now, tell her the three feet between us feels like three light-years to me and I don't know how to bridge it. Telepathically, she tells me back that I'm breaking her broken heart. The honesty of each and every character explodes off the page and the heartbreak will tear you in two. The grief instantly pulled me in. That's the thing that held me to Lennie, to Gram, to Big, and to Toby. It was the grief that hung over each of them like a cloud. Nelson takes this tortuous grief and transforms it into a despairing, realistic, and breathtaking story that will charm your soul and leave a mark on your heart. To my astonishment, time didn't stop with her heart.For days and days, the rain beat its fists on the roof of our house - evidence of the terrible mistake God had made. I was instantly attached to each of the characters and mourned Bailey as if she were my own sister/granddaughter/niece/girlfriend. Even without ever truly experiencing the Bailey that Lennie remembers, I felt her in each and every sentence, in each and every moment. The love story that just happens to unfold among the grief will have you clinging to life, to the life that Lennie wants, but feels she doesn't deserve. I don't believe time heals. I don't want it to. If I heal, doesn't that mean I've accepted the world without her? Toby, Bailey's boyfriend, broke my heart again and again. I wanted to reach through the pages and hold him and I understood the connection that Lennie develops with him. It's almost natural. Their love for the same girl pushes them together. On the flip side, Joe, the soulful, charming, and always smiling new boy, will make you yearn for the happiness and joy he radiates. Without ever knowing Bailey, he anchors Lennie to the world she lives in now. He is the sun on a cloudy day and his smile will warm you from the inside out. Somehow, Nelson takes a story of infinite, unending grief, and transforms it into a story of living, loving, and remembering. I read it into the wee hours of the morning and forced myself to put it down to sleep. It is absolutely addicting and unforgettable. The hilarity surprised me, yet seemed right. The notes that don the beginning of many chapters are a quirk that feels just so Lennie. My favorite being one that begins: 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... There are no negative thoughts that come to mind with this story and I couldn't imagine it any other way. The Sky is Everywhere is imbued with love and loss and will make you roll with laughter, cry out with despair, and smile so much it hurts. Opening line: Gram is worried about me. Favorite line(s): 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. This book is perfection and I do not say that lightly.
Aliciapaige More than 1 year ago
I don't know what to say...this book is simply amazing. I laid in my bed after finishing this book and I could not stop thinking about it! I felt the characters feelings and emotions. This book is a must read! You wouldn't be sorry.
Jesslyin More than 1 year ago
I truly learned a life lesson in this book. It's such an amazing, beautifully written book! I recommend this book to anyone who wants a romantic and life learning experience (in a book) haha :)Hope you all read it!!
AndAnythingBookish More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to read this book before it's released. This is a wonderful YA debut. While there were times when I wanted to slap Lennie for her stupid decisions, I couldn't help but grow to love her by the end of the book. I mean her sister's dead, but she's fooling around with her sister's boyfriend. As bad as that sounds, there was a reason to it. I was completely a Lennie-Joe shipper throughout this book because I liked where this relationship was going. Forget the blurb on the back of this book because it is so much more than Lennie just juggling with two boys. It talks about her mother who has gone missing for a reason she doesn't know why. Loss, grief, love, and hope--they are all present in this wonderful novel along with many surprises, wove together in a beautiful, poetic, and heartbreaking way. One aspect I really enjoyed from this book were the short poems Lennie wrote. Each time I saw them, I saw more of Lennie's world and life with her sister. If you have have a warmer heart than me, they might even be sad enough to make you shed some tears. The title for this novel and the pacing fit the book perfectly. Jandy Nelson is a wonderful author, and if her debut is this amazing, I can't wait for what she has in stores for us next. This book comes out March 2010. Everyone should think about purchasing this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I could not put it down! I highly recomend this book to teens! LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!! Worth the buy and was sohappy my friend read it to recomend it to me!!!!!!!! Read it!!!!!!!
Hazel_Bookworm More than 1 year ago
This book is Exceptional! I have read it about 8 times and still can't get enough of it. It was so powerful and very moving. I would recommend it to all teens. The book is deep and an amazing well written book. It's one of my favorite books. Thanks
Genni More than 1 year ago
To tell the truth, this is the best book I have ever read or come across. I always felt like I could relate to Lennie. This is because we are so alike. She is a bookworm, band geek, 2nd clarinet chair, and has an older sister, just like me. The whole entire story I felt like I was living it, like I was one of the people in the community that had an inside look to the truth of Lennie's life that all started to fall apart slowly once her mom just dissapeared. This book does not, at any time, feel fake. In fact, it is just like the opposite. Like you are actually Lennie, and you are going through this horrible situation she is in. Jandy Nelson does not hold back and it makes this book really shine, and it shows because of how high the rating is, how I could not put this book down, and finished it in one day never getting up off of the couch for the 3 hours it took me to read this. I must say, this is the book I have cried the most in because the emotion is so raw and real. To me, there are no flaws in this book. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is wrong with this book, I will continue to love this book like Lennie continues to love and grieve her late older sister, Bailey. The romance in this book transcends others I have read. This is an amazing book, and I highly recommend this to anyone, an only child, one with eight siblings, a seventy year old. Anyone could fall in this book. I cannot wait for Nelson's next book! This book is the best I have ever read and you should start reading it right now. I bet you will fall in love with this book just like I did.
thebookscoop More than 1 year ago
The Sky is Everywhere is one intense book! I was so caught up in what was happening to Lennie, our heroine, that I had to put the book down a few times and take a break. I was almost tempted to read the ending to put an end to all the suspense - and I never do that! Our story opens up one month after the death of Bailey, Lennie's older sister. She's still reeling from Bailey's sudden death and isolating herself from friends and family. Lennie is also trying to deal with the fact that ever since Bailey passed, she's been one huge ball of raging hormones - noticing guys when they've never even been a blip on her radar before. One guy that totally rocks her world is Parisian transplant, Joe Fontaine, musician extraordinaire. The other guy, unfortunately, is Bailey's boyfriend, Toby. Joe brightens up Lennie's life but Toby keeps her memories of Bailey alive. He gets her in a way no one else does. Lennie was such an amazing character for someone so young. What got me was her relationship with her sister. Imagine a race horse - there's a companion pony leading that race horse to the starting gate. Lennie thinks of herself as that companion pony to the star. She's trying to find her way without her sister to lead the way. Their relationship also had an effect on Lennie's musical aspirations. Lennie gave up her dream of going to Juilliard because Bailey, an aspiring actress, didn't get accepted to that prestigious school. As you can see, Bailey had a very important impact on Lennie's life. The secondary characters were interesting as well. There's Lennie's absent mother, she plays a big role in Lennie's life even though she isn't there. There's Joe and Toby. Then there's Gram and Uncle Big. Gram has a way with flowers and Big is the town Lothario. A richer cast of characters you won't find in another young adult novel. I loved everyone. Music also plays an important role in Lennie's story. She plays the clarinet, she's 2nd seat in band. She's allowed a less talented girl to get first seat. And her connection with Joe is also through music. Another thing I really loved was Lennie's writing. She writes her thoughts and poems on little scraps of paper and leaves them around town, she doesn't actually commit anything to a notebook. She lets her words loose into the world, and those words were powerful. The Sky is Everywhere is an intense and enjoyable debut novel. I highly recommend it. A
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did highly enjoy this book, mostly because of the writing itself. If you love poetry, then I would recommend this for you. At times I was caught so off guard by a sentence or a line, and I would actually sit there, rereading it, thinking about it, for several minutes. The story itself may have been a bit cliché - family member dies, main character is depressed, main character finds way to deal with depression, main character meets boy, etc., etc. - but the wording is lovely, and the emotions come through well. A satisfying read.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Lennie and Bailey are sisters, best friends, everything to each other. Their mother took off when they were just babies, which Gram has always attributed to the "restless gene" that runs in the family. When Bailey, vivacious and fiery Bailey, dies of a heart arrhythmia while rehearsing for Romeo & Juliet, Lennie is utterly lost. Without Bailey's guidance, smothering affection, and her untameable spirit, Lennie doesn't know what to do. She has always stood at the sidelines, content to catch just a few rays of Bailey's endless radiance. Though Lennie can't help but wallow in her grief, the rest of the world carries on, and ultimately, so must she. On her first day back to school she meets the most enchanting boy on earth - fabulously multi-talented musician, Joey Fontaine. Complicating the situation is Bailey's boyfriend, Toby, who turns to Lennie for comfort. In sharing their despair, seeds of attraction manifest and Lennie must struggle to sort through a tumult of emotions roaring inside her. Forced to come out of her shell, Lennie starts to see how absolutely beautiful yet wondrously confusing life can be. In her contemplation of life and death, Lennie must completely reconsider what it means to truly live. For the first time in her life, Lennie is all alone - center stage. Whether she is ready or not, it is time for her solo. Jandy Nelson's debut novel is a heart-wrenching tale of love and forgiveness that will make you laugh and cry all in the same sentence. THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE ties themes of wanderlust, betrayal, and forgiveness in a love story more complex than most young adult authors dare to concoct.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
skaohee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lennie Walker has always been the girl in the background; not the one in the spotlight. And she doesn't necessarily get thrown into the spotlight after her older sister, Bailey, dies so much as she just doesn't have anyone to "hide" behind anymore. This is her story of loss, grief, and ultimately acceptance.This story was exactly what I was needing. It wasn't necessarily a feel-good kind of story but one that touches your heart in so many ways, especially if you have ever lost someone with whom you were close. The feelings and thoughts that Lennie has mirrors so much of what grief is like when someone dies - I mean, it was just so palpable. Then, enter confusion in the form of Bailey's boyfriend. They understand each other's grief but mistake it Okay, not love but they cling to each other in the hopes of keeping Bailey's memory alive. And really, I just wanted to scream at Lennie and tell her she was being an idiot (because she was). But, you know, she grows throughout this book and she comes to her own kind of nirvana.Did I have some issues with the story? Yeah, sure. The whole Toby thing was strange, but I could sort of understand it. Did I think that Joe and Lennie get too close, too soon? Yep. But the rest of the story was just so good that I was willing to overlook these small details.I would recommend this book for fans of Sarah Dessen and especially fans of Gayle Forman's If I Stay and Where She Went.
lisagibson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to reading this book since I had heard so many great things about it. I was right to be excited! Lennon is a 17 year old who is mired in grief over the loss of her sister. She¿s suddenly caught between her sister¿s boyfriend and the new guy Joe Fontaine. Dealing with grief is hard anytime, but when you¿re 17 it quel confusing. Will Lennie ever get it all figured out? Will she realize it¿s okay to live without her sister? Will she come to grips with her mothers abandoning them 16 years before?I want to say I love, love, LOVE this book. It made me laugh out loud, cry, and worry for Lennie. The characters are so vibrant they dance off the pages. Everything from Aunt Gooch (read it and tell me you didn't laugh out loud when you find out who that is) to the quirky little sayings and things they do. I fell in love with this book. Ms. Nelson is the type of writer I envy. Every word seems so well thought out, so necessary. Each scene a little jewel box that¿s stuffed full of amazing things. If I could crawl into the pages and hang out with the characters, I wouldn¿t hesitate.This book makes me yearn to be a better writer. I can¿t recommend it enough. My only word of caution is that there¿s some talk of sex, not for tweens or young teens.
Irisheyz77 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wish that I could say that The Sky is Everywhere was an easy review to write, but I can't. Not because the book was bad because it wasn't. In fact the opposite was true. This is a hard review to write because the book was just so amazing. I fell in love with Lennie's voice from the opening page. My heart broke with her grief because I too have an older sister and I don't know how I would cope if I ever lost her. Lennie was the younger sister and her world centered on Bailey and when Bailey was suddenly gone Lennie was knocked out of orbit. At first Lennie retreats from the world but she can only hide from her friends or her eccentric family for so long. Lennie's world now has a before and after with most people knowing who she was before and not knowing how to deal with the after. Enter Toby, Bailey's boyfriend who knows exactly how she is feeling. And then there is Joe, new in town and with no preconception of who Lennie was before.The Sky is Everywhere is an amazing story filled with many ups and down. Lennie's grief is palpable but then so is her healing. The loss of a loved one is hard and personal and Jandy Nelson shows us how Lennie makes it through. Interspersed with the text are poems that Lennie writes. These poems convey such a range of emotion that could say so much more then if Nelson had tried to use standard text. Nelson has a gift with world building and with writing poetry. I would love to see an entire book of poems from her some day because she is so talented. Her characters are all real and believable. When you read the story you can close your eyes and picture Lennie's world. The booming voice of her Uncle Big, her green paint splattered grandmother and her best friend who is a constant ball of energy.When I first started The Sky is Everywhere I wasn't expecting much from it. It wasn't a book that I had heard too much about. But it wasn't long before I was enraptured by the prose of it. As I've said Nelson is a talented writer with a gift of words that envelope you as a reader and pulls you into her world. Its because the story is so well written that I find it hard to put into words all that I am feeling. There is so much for me to be able to identify with Lennie. Her life and mine are similar in many ways and that might have helped bring this story to life so clearly for me. To put it simply, The Sky is Everywhere is a novel that blew me away. It took me to another place and I was happy to go and sad to leave. It is also a novel that has put Jandy Nelson on my author's to watch list. I can't wait to see what her sophomore novel brings especially since her debut book was just so very good. The Sky is Everywhere is a must read story for everyone its a book that I can't recommend highly enough.As originally posted on my blog Ticket to Anywhere
CatheOlson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
17-year old Lennie Walker is devastated when her older sister Bailey suddenly dies. Bailey had practically been Lennie's life and she had been content in her sister's shadow. Now in addition to the overwhelming grief she feels, Lennie's life becomes more complicated. She must find out who she really is and what and WHO she really likes.I LOVED this book. I have not liked a teen novel this much since Sara Zarr's Story of a Girl and Jay Asher's 13 Reasons Why. Like them, this author gets the confusion around relationships and sex that many teens have trouble navigating. I highly recommend this book to older teens and adults.
delphica on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. I had to laugh a little at the premise, Lennie Walker's older sister dies unexpectedly, and Lennie ... goes boy crazy? But it's all done pretty handily. Lennie is both trying to manage her grief, and figure out who she is now that she is no longer the little sister always in the background. Her attention is being taken up by two boys -- her dead sister's boyfriend, whom she feels connected to because they share a profound loss, and a new boy who has moved to town, whom she is just getting to know and who is in the unique position of never having known her sister so everything feels like a new, fresh start.Part of what made it so sweet is that Lennie is a writer, and a romantic (she's read Wuthering Heights 23 times) and her earnestness is charming. It might be overreaching a little at times, and it's not the deepest book you'll ever read, but overall, I was rooting for her. I also got a kick out of the Northern California hippie-ville setting.
elissajanine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book...was simply beautiful. Full of emotion without feeling manipulative, lyrical and yet not a bit overwritten, and the kind of deep, natural humor that makes the sadness all the more powerful. All that and a beautiful love story!
galleysmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Sky is Everywhere is a bittersweet view of how love and loss come together to shape one girl¿s life and how profoundly it affects the people around her.Nelson¿s prose is beyond outstanding, I truly struggle how best to describe it¿s strength and beauty. Having rarely read a book so poetically written it was surprising to feel the emotion dripping off the page into my consciousness. I¿m even more rarely moved by a book, I mean genuinely moved but The Sky is Everywhere touched me, it made me cry and gasp and thrum with anticipation. It was, in no small way a phenomenal read.I could tell you all about this book ¿ about the beautiful poems and anecdotes Lennie writes and leaves behind everywhere she goes. About how she wrapped herself up in the memory of her sister through the boy that loved her as much as Lennie did. About how she came alive again with Joe, her soulmate in the making, through their shared love of music. About how her family had dysfunction galore even before Bailey left them behind. But really, my explaining it all would not only not do the story justice but would take something away from your experiencing it; and let me tell you this book was an experience, one to be felt and endured. You feel the highest of highs and the lowest of lows with Lennie as she journeys through one of the most difficult periods of her life.To say I recommend this book would be an understatement. It is a book that everyone must read, lover of young adult literature or not. Everyone.
C.Ibarra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quote:I know the expression love bloomed is metaphorical, but in my heart in this moment, there is one badass flower, captured in time-lapse photography, going from bud to wild radiant blossom in ten seconds flat.My thoughts:When I think of The Sky Is Everywhere the first word that pops into my mind is beautiful. Absolutely, beautiful! This is the kind of book that makes you want to get out a highlighter, and deface the pages by marking all the quotes you want to enjoy again and again. A story of loss, grief, love, betrayal, and growing up. It will make you cry during one paragraph and laugh the next. Lennie and Bailey seemed to be about as close as sisters can be. When Bailey dies suddenly Lennie is lost. It has always been her and her big sister. She is left feeling like no one can possibly understand. She closes off. Rejects her family and friends attempts at consolation. Even when she begins to fall for Joe she can¿t help but to fixate on how things would be if Bailey were still alive. She starts to feel like Toby is the only one who can possibly relate to her grief. Things between the two get out of hand, and the guilt flows. Even with Joe¿s affections known she can¿t stay away from Toby. A bad idea, Lennie. A very bad idea. Her only constant seems to be the poems she scrawls on any usable writing space. Paper, books, benches, walls are all a canvas for Lennie¿s feelings. This may be more therapeutic than Lennie even realizes.The characters were extraordinarily unique. Lennie, Uncle Big, and Gram made me long to be part of the eccentric Walker family. I want Sarah to be my BFF, while beautiful Joe Fontaine speaks french and bats his length defying lashes at me.This is the kind of novel you need to savor. Relish in each word like it¿s the last you¿ll ever read. A stunning debut. I¿m eagerly anticipating what Ms. Nelson will bring us next.While I absolutely adored The Sky is Everywhere, please keep in mind it does contain language and situations that might be a little heavy for the younger teen crowd.
ShellyPYA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lennie, 17, is absolutely devasted after her older sister's death. She withdraws from her grandmother and uncle, who raised her and her sister after their mother left, and begins writing poetry on scraps of paper that she leaves around town. But soon new boy Joe catches her attention, yet she's also drawn to her sister's ex-boyfriend, the only person she thinks truly understands how she feels. Caught in a love triangle, she slowly figures out what she wants and how to deal with Bailey's death.
jenniferthomp75 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A moving tale about a girl who has recently lost her sister and her struggle to come to terms with it.Although I liked this book overall, I occasionally felt that the dialogue attributed to the teenagers was much more likely to be spoken by 30 year olds. I felt that many of the teens had a sophistication that doesn't come naturally to most. I also thought that the author tried too hard to make each character "quirky" and unique. However, the emotional wallop that the main character goes through after her sister's passing is right on target. Emotional confusion can do a lot to a person after a tragedy and the author's portrayal of it is excellent.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lennon's sister Baily died unexpectedly at age 19. Now Lennon, who lives with her mother and uncle is trying to understand how to live without her, writing poems and dialog with her sister on bits of paper and other places around town. Then she meets a boy, and tries to balance her own growing happiness with her sadness over her loss.
readingdate on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In The Sky Is Everywhere we meet Lennie, a band geek who has just lost her sister Bailey. Lennie is a very gifted clarinet player but has always been over shadowed by her older sister. This book deals with grief and love, and how Bailey's death effects Lennie, Toby (the boyfriend she left behind), and her family. Lennie and Toby bond over their grief, around the same time that she meets a new gifted musician in town Joe. I liked Lennie, and her emotions and grieving felt honest. I felt for her and enjoyed watching her healing journey and seeing her confidence grow. This is a sweet, touching debut novel with quirky side characters that will make you laugh and cry.
ericajsc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
WOW! Opening this book is like opening a music box. A magical music box, filled with an opera¿s worth of charming melodies. The mood of the book overwhelmed me from the first page to the last. The voice in which this is written made it so easy for me to relate to Lennie. Although she is shell-shocked following the sudden death of her sister, her internal dialogue allowed me to really get a sense of who she is. And she¿s pretty amusing, especially as she navigates the world of love and lust. ¿Let me just unsubscribe to my own mind already, because I don¿t get any of it,¿ she reflects when confused about her interactions with Toby. And after a powerful, yet non-kissing, moment with Joe, she¿s again thrown for a loop. ¿Whoa ¿ well, that was either the dorkiest or sexiest moment of my life, and I¿m voting for sexy on account of my standing here dumbstruck and giddy, wondering if he did kiss me after all.¿ The entire book is filled with moments like this. This is one of the few times I¿ve read a book that I felt I knew the character well enough to feel like I was reading a story as told by a friend. Scattered throughout the book are thoughts and poems that Lennie writes in various spots in town. Some are written on any nearby paper product (a to-go cup, a French exam), others on benches or trees. These are beautiful glimpses into her pain and confusion and healing, and as I read I couldn¿t wait to get to the next snippet she left floating around in the world. Within these poetic interludes and the story¿s prose lurks some of the most evocative imagery I¿ve seen in YA lit. I was a little leery about the love triangle coming into the book, afraid that the relationship between Lennie and Toby would be a too-obvious situation to use as a means to create tension. While it does create tension, it plays out as believable for the story and the characters involved. Love¿s power to mourn and heal and reach out and forgive, sometimes simultaneously, is the core of this story, and this story is out of this world.