- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Dial Books; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803734956
- ISBN-13: 978-0803734951
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 337 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grade 10 Up—When her older sister dies from an arrhythmia, 17-year-old Lennie finds that people are awkward around her, including her best friend. While dealing with her conflicted feelings toward her sister's boyfriend, her anguish over Bailey's unexpected death, and her sudden curiosity about sex, Lennie must also cope with her unresolved feelings about her mother, who left when Lennie was an infant. Debut author Nelson expertly and movingly chronicles the myriad, roller-coaster emotions that follow a tragedy, including Lennie's reluctance to box up her sister's belongings and her guilt over bursts of happiness. The portrayal of the teen's state of mind is believable, as are the romanticizing of her absent mother and the brief scenes of underage drinking and sexual exploration. Chapters are typically anchored by brief snippets of Lennie's writings. This is a heartfelt and appealing tale. Girls who gobble up romantic and/or weep-over fiction will undoubtedly flock to this realistic, sometimes funny, and heartbreaking story.—Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton, VA
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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. Nor is she equipped to confront the affection she feels for her dead sister’s fiancé. Adding to her emotional roller coaster is the gorgeous, musically gifted new boy in town who is clearly in love with her. Lennie is sympathetic, believable, and complex. Readers will identify with her and root for her to finally make the first steps toward healing. Nelson incorporates poems, written by Lennie and left for the wind to carry away, that help readers delve deeper into her heart. Bonus: teens unfamiliar with Wuthering Heights will likely want to find out what all the fuss is about. A story of love, loss, and healing that will resonate with readers long after they have finished reading. Grades 8-11. --Shauna Yusko
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Through-out the book, Lennie writes notes, poems, thoughts on any piece of paper and lets them go, buries them, tapes them to things, throws them away in different places. Maybe someone will read them. I loved how the book was filled with these and underneath it would say where they were found.
Lennie doesn't want to get rid of anything of Bailey's. She even keeps her dirty clothes in the hamper. Lennie is also having a strange attachment to Bailey's boyfriend, Toby. She learns secrets about Bailey that she couldn't image. The secrets hurt her because she thought they were the best of friends. They lived in the same room together and were very close. Then things start getting out of control with Toby. They are both looking for an outlet from the pain. At least one day that all settles itself because it almost cost her Joe. Almost cost her sanity.
Joe is the new boy at school. He is beautiful and has beautiful brothers and everyone wants to be with them. But Lennie and Joe have something different. They play music together, they found each other in the music class. But, can Lennie let everything go enough to find love with Joe? I'm guessing you need to read the book to find out the whole story, but there is always a way . . .
I really enjoyed this book. It's about love and loss. It's about family and the people you meet. It's crazy and awesome. It's sad, not only because of the loss, but because Lennie and Bailey never knew their mother or their fathers. There are some revelations. There are tears of sadness and tears of joy. I'm glad I went on this journey with the characters in this book. It was magical in it's own way.
I don't love anyone more than you, Lennie, okay?
That's settled then.
You'll never disappear like Mom?
Two things were happening with my heart while reading The Sky Is Everywhere - 1) it ached and loved the whole time for all the wonderful characters who's hearts were broken from suddenly losing a very special person in their lives and 2) it was falling even more in love with Jandy Nelson's writing.
For a soulful, beautiful clarinetist, from a homely, boring, talentless though passionate guitarist.
After reading I'll Give You The Sun I just had to read this one. Jandy Nelson's writing is so unique and brilliant and beautiful and captivating. She makes me feel so much and enjoy how I instantly fall for the story line and everyone in it. I also came to realize that as soon as I start one of her books I want to devour them at the slowest possible pace. Even with not having the ability to stop myself from turning the pages, I want to be able to live inside with the characters for as long time.
The Sky Is Everywhere was a story of how to live with the grief of losing one of the most important persons in your world and how to still live and be able to fall in love while hurting at the same time. I don't think I'm painting a pretty picture with my words but this author certainly does a fantastic job. The extra pieces of Lennie's words were a brilliant idea. This book is filled with heartache, love, life, beauty, laughter, and yes a wee bit of angst. I'll admit that angst almost made me angry as I've grown to loathe certain situations in books but without saying too much, what happened is understandable. It was just the last time it happened that made me upset. But Part 2 made up for it.
"And then yesterday..." He tosses the clarinet onto the bed. "Found out you belong to me. " He points at me. "I own your a**."
I smile. "Making fun of me?"
"Yeah, but it doesn't matter because you own my a** too."
I read that I'll Give You The Sun was sold to Warner Brothers which I'm really excited about BUT I would I also REALLY love to see this one as a movie! It would be perfect. Jandy Nelson has definitely become a must read author. I couldn't be more excited and anxious for her new release this year.
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