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The Sky Is Everywhere Hardcover – 7 Jun 2010

4.7 out of 5 stars 131 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (7 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406326305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406326307
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A haunting and uplifting novel about bereavement and living again." (The Bookseller)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A vibrant, deeply romantic and unmissable debut.

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Lennie Walker has always felt safe in her sister's shadow; with Bailey there Lennie could float through life without having to worry too much about being the center of attention. So when Bailey dies, the bottom of Lennie's world falls from underneath her and she suddenly finds herself very much the center of attention and doesn't know how to deal with it, particularly when it appears that she has two boys to choose from. There's Toby, but what kind of girl falls for her sister's boyfriend; her dead sister's boyfriend, no less? Then there's Joe, the new boy in town with a grin the size of America. But how can Lennie be falling in love when her sister Bailey isn't around to witness it? But who is Lennie actually falling in love with? Toby or Joe?

I knew from reading the blurb of the book that the book dealt, as you can expect if you've read the blurb, with death and the aftermath of death and how it affected those left behind. Grief is always a difficult topic to write about and you certainly have to have a certain touch to pull off a book that deals with the aftermath of the death of a loved one. With The Sky Is Everywhere I thought Jandy Nelson did a fantastic job portraying just how confused Lennie was after the death of her sister, and best friend, Bailey. I truly didn't think the Lennie/Toby strand of the storyline would work; but it really really did. I thought I would find it disgusting and wrong and that it would tarnish Bailey's memory in some way, but Jandy handled it so well that although it was wrong on a lot of levels, it was also understandable; it made sense.

My absolute favourite favourite favourite (yes I just said favourite three times) part of the book was the blossoming relationship between Lennie and Joe.
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By TeensReadToo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Mar. 2010
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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
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This is one of those books that didn't quite "click" with me.

The narrative and characterisation is flawless -Lennie and her sister are both loveable bookworms, and the Lennie's 'voice' is light-hearted and absolutely adorable. Every character is someone you'd like to meet, from Lennie's gardener-extraordinaire Gran and pothead lothario Uncle Big, to Lennie's best friend Sarah and Joe, the constantly-grinning new boy in her music class.

But the plot just didn't work for me. Lennie's relationship with Toby didn't feel romantic. As much as I wanted to believe it was grief behind Lennie's relationship with her dead sister's ex, a lot of her reasoning behind it was that she felt 'drawn to him'.

Grief can make you irrational, and it makes you want to be around people who understand what you're going through. But after this has happened a few times it's more of a matter of Lennie being unable to keep her lust in check, and my sympathy wore off. The story still managed to be amusing and upsetting in turns, but I felt 'disconnected' to Lennie and spent most of the story waiting for her to do the sane thing and choose Joe.

The edition I had was gorgeous - it was advertised as a hardcover on Amazon, but it was a softcover with a textured cover and lovely full-colour images of Lennie's poems throughout. I haven't seen as unique and detailed an edition of a book before, so if you decide to pick this up, that's the version to buy.
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Have you ever loved a book from the first chapter? Been tugged in, heart-first, feet flapping last, straight inside a book?

I fell in love with this book so much I'm considering buying the UK paperback release (mine's a proof copy), because it's so beautiful and will hold up better to the inevitable heartfelt re-readings. What this book really needs, though, is waterproofing.

I don't cry at books, as a rule. I don't cry over plots, or characters, no matter how much I love them. There are moment that have made me teary - the Weasley twins' sacrifice, the ghostly return of Piccadilly in The Deptford Mice Trilogy, Mole smelling his own, forgotten little home, but nothing has made me cry. At least, nothing until The Sky is Everywhere.

I had to leave my garden and hide indoors, for fear that my neighbours would notice I was sobbing into a paperback. Nelson effortlessly sculpts the absent character of Bailey, weaving her into every line so that each reminder of her death comes as a shock, so though she it yanking out a little of your stuffing. The reader knows that Bailey is dead from the first page, we never meet her, so how is it that she can hold my heart (and my tear ducts) under such control?

For all it is a terribly sad book, this is also a wonderfully happy, and beautiful, book. There is a funny, silly, heartfelt mysticism in Lenny's life, which is populated with wonderful characters. Nelson's skill is in creating characters who are full and whole, never a caricature, nor a sketch. Each one smiles on the page, and you come to care deeply for the twists and turns of their lives.
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