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The Sky Is Everywhere Paperback – March 22, 2011
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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.
Reviewed by: Amber Gibson
"The Sky is Everywhere is an all encompassing study of grief, the strength of a sisterly bond, the power of attraction and love and ultimately the importance of being true to one's self."
I got a good vibe and immediately noted down the release date and put it on my TBR list. Then I was fortunate enough to win an ARC from the publisher in one of those awesome blink-and-you'll-miss-it Twitter giveaways. Thanks so much, Penguin tweeps! I blew through it in two short sessions and have been thinking about it on and off ever since.
Lennie Walker's life is a little unorthodox. Raised, along with her big sister Bailey, by her highly eccentric grandmother and uncle after her mother hit the road and didn't look back, Lennie's life has been pretty good all things considered. If a bit outside the box. Her grandmother tends a garden like unto the one in Eden, paints willowy green ladies on every available surface of their house, and believes one of her house plants is mystically linked to Lennie. When it sickens, Lennie sickens. When it thrives, she thrives. Her Uncle Big is the town lothario. Five failed marriages down and counting, he has a voice like God's, a marijuana habit, and a strange obsession with raising the dead. The insect dead, to be exact. But when Baily suddenly dies, Lennie's life is thrown off the tracks and she finds herself unable to cope without her larger-than-life sister's lead to follow.Read more ›
Lennie has always been the companion pony to her sister Bailey's race horse. When Bailey dies suddenly while rehearsing the lead in Romeo and Juliet, Lennie is thrust into the spotlight. A normally reserved band geek who reads Wuthering Heights like a manifesto, Lennie is not prepared to deal with her grief
One of the many great things about this book is that in each chapter we get to read a poem of remembrance that Lennie has written about a Baily. A genius way to show us how close they were considering Baily has just died as the story begins. Lennie hides these little gems all over town as she is working through her grief.
Through out the story we find out why Lennie and Baily were living with Grams and their uncle Big. The mystery of why their mother left and how that has affected the entire family is just another deep and meaningful part of this story.
Lennie's connections to both Toby and Joe are both so heart wrenching realistic that I found myself smiling and laughing through the entire book! Arghhh it's just so good! Sometimes I swear I have a harder time writing about books that I truly loved because I don't even know where to start and what to write down so that you can really understand how great I think it is without giving too much away!
A truly beautiful, life-affirming story that will make you laugh, cry and leave you smiling :) I loved it! Best suited for 14 and up due to sexual references and minimal drug and alcohol use.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Stunning. Her characters blaze off the page with intensity and power. This is a powerful, gripping book from a writer to watch. And a surprisingly compelling plot.Published 6 days ago by ernest drown
You know that feeling when you start reading a really good book? Pure excitement trills through as you settle in to savor. That's what happened to me with this book. Read morePublished 9 days ago by JA
I wasn't sure this book was for me at first but as soon as I got into it, Lennie took my heart. This book is about love and grief, and family. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Erika D. Gonzales
A good book. Poetic language, beautiful prose, great characters. Plot wasn't what I had been hoping for exactly. Nelson is a very, very skilled writer. Read morePublished 13 days ago by MomReaderShopperNJ
I love this book and everything about it.
Brilliantly written piece of literature.
I especially love the characters of Gram and Joe
Jandy Nelson has this special writing style. It’s kind of odd (in the best way) and beautifully poetic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christy Baldwin BBU
Sometimes hard to follow, but it all seems to connect in the end. Will make you laugh and cry all on the same page.Published 1 month ago by Soondis