- Publisher: Penguin USA
- Format: Paperback | 275 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 23mm | 272g
- Publication date: 22 March 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0142417807
- ISBN 13: 9780142417805
- Sales rank: 14,192
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."
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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.""
By Kate @ Fictional Thoughts 14 Aug 2013
I think I fell in love with Lennie Walker on the first page. She's grieving and confused but manages to keep a slightly sardonic tone throughout it all. Her sister - and best friend - Bailey dies without any warning and Lennie is left to try to move on without her. Her grandmother is slightly eccentric and her uncle perpetually stoned but somehow they are all trying to muddle though. When it seems like no one knows what she's feeling, Lennie finds a kindred spirit in Toby - her sister's boyfriend - and she knows it's wrong but he understands what she's feeling in a way that no one else seems to. If that wasn't confusing enough, Lennie meets Joe, musical genius Joe... If ever Lennie needed her big sister it was now...
This book is beautiful. The writing and feeling that Jandy Nelson manages to infuse her words with is amazing to read. Lennie is a typical teenage girl who has somewhat extraordinary circumstances. Her mother dumped her sister and her on their grandmother's doorstep when Lennie was a year old, her uncle, Big, is in love with falling in love and had been married - and divorced - numerous times. And her gram is a garden guru who goes around and prunes other people's plants but refuses to let anyone touch her own. These are characters that I enjoyed reading about. They're vibrant and three-dimensional in their imperfection. And that's how I view Lennie too. She's heartbroken and makes mistakes. Her behaviour regarding her romantic life may be somewhat unconventional and I can see why other readers may have a problem with it but to me, Lennie's actions are what I would expect of someone who is human and hurting. Not always logical but what I admire about Lennie is that she does take responsibility for what she's done.
One of my favourite things about this book was the character of Joe Fontaine. He's so enthusiastic and in the moment that it's hard not to fall a little in love with him. He wears his heart on his sleeve and his happiness is palpable - as is his heartbreak. Nelson describes his smile as if the way it makes Lennie feel like it's a physical sunbeam. It's kind of incredible. He contrasts nicely against Bailey's boyfriend, Toby - who is slightly damaged but well-meaning.
Another highlight of this book for me was the little notes and poems that Lennie writes. She leaves her mark wherever she goes leaving little notes and thoughts on leaves, flyers - anything she can get her hands and a pen on. I thought it was a beautiful way for her to be able to have a conversation with her sister when talking was no longer option. The is one that Lennie writes about grief being a house that really made me feel for Lennie. Her guerrilla poetry was a great way to give Lennie's relationship with Bailey a voice without Bailey saying a word.
This book is definitely one I recommend for fans of heartfelt and touching young adult literature. It's moving and beautiful with character that made me laugh and broke my heart. I loved reading it and it makes my list of top five YA books I've ever read. Five stars!
"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"