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The Sky Is Everywhere Paperback – February 5, 2015
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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 --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
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The Sky is Everywhere, literally. I cannot stop thinking about this phrase. Mainly because I have always pondered it. Where does the sky truly begin? Ms. Nelson has the answer, at your feet. Think about this for a while. When you say your dead loved ones are in the sky does that mean they are walking along side you, watching out for you, living your life with you? This whole book convinces me of that.
I love Lennon. I love Bailey. I love that they are so close even in death. Dreams change, people change, this book highlights that perfectly.
2 halves of one heart trying to fix what is broken. One heart becoming full again. Read it give it a chance it's not just some love triangle. Think deeper about what is happening.
Lennie Walker is mourning the death of her older, more outgoing, dynamic sister. Always content to be Bailey's sidekick, she now must navigate her life alone. She's also dealing with complex feelings for the mother who abandoned her at age one and her custodial grandmother's reluctance to talk about it. For the first time, boys are noticing her, most notably Bailey's sad, lost boyfriend Toby and new, adorable guy Joe. She identifies with Toby's depression and grief, while Joe brings a new vivacity for moving forward. Can she manage two opposites or will their worlds collide?
Lennie is a fresh, unique, not always likable narrator. Her pain is raw and real, the way she deals with her sadness is to write poetry and withdraw from family and friends, even when she saw the hurt she caused. She was multi-layered and achieved some emotional growth. Her potential love interests were less developed, although the grandmother had some depth. The characters were the strongest part of this novel.
I had such high expectations for THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE, based on mostly glowing reviews. The plot, or lack of plot was a big let down. I didn't feel like Lennie let me in enough to view the book as a character study. I literally had to force myself to keep reading. The ending was the biggest disappointment, so many unanswered questions, questions that may have been in a box Lennie looked through but didn't share with readers. What's up with that?
Based on so many positive reviews, an audience for THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE exists, and Jandry Nelson certainly knows how to create unique, interesting characters. Readers who like character driven stories and who don't mind unanswered questions will enjoy this read.
Themes: grief, first loves, abandonment, sisters, unconventional families, poetry, and music.
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.