The Sky Is Everywhere

The Sky Is Everywhere

Book - 2010
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In the months after her sister dies, seventeen-year-old Lennie falls into a love triangle and discovers the strength to follow her dream of becoming a musician.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, c2010
ISBN: 9780803734951
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Nelso 3564
Characteristics: 275 p. :,ill


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Feb 24, 2019

Definitely a good, quick read.

Jan 22, 2018

At first I was worried that this was a book where someone is suffering from a terrible loss that then turns into a book about getting a guy. It turned out to be a lot more complex than that. Lennie is never going to stop missing Bailey, and her family is never going to feel complete. No guy is going to change that, but they can support her her as she navigates her new life after a loss. The book gives glimpses of Bailey, and its enough to show how complicated Lennie’s feelings towards her sister are. There’s a lot of whimsy and quirkiness in the book, but it somehow manages not to seem out of place.

ArapahoeKati Apr 21, 2017

Compelling and thought-provoking. A good read if you're looking for something more on the sad but sweet side.

Nov 13, 2016


May 24, 2016

This is definitely a book that I'm going to remember for a while. It's one of the best books I've read in a while. I would've rated this five stars, but I just feel like there should be more to this book, the ending just seems so open-ended.

Dec 28, 2015

This was an interesting and somewhat strange book. However, I did like the romance. It was slow and sweet.

Aug 09, 2015

I probably would have rated this 5 stars if I hadn’t had such high expectations from having first read Jandy Nelson’s more recent YA novel, I’ll Give You the Sun, which is one of the best books I’ve come across in 40+ years of reading. The Sky is Everywhere is her first novel, and while it is very, very good, Nelson definitely developed her skills even further between the publication of the two novels, especially with respect to plotting, story structure, and use of language and setting. In this book, I particularly enjoyed the intense love story (and triangle) and Nelson’s masterful characterization. The plot and character arcs were predictable, but who cares when the writing is otherwise so good.

BakerStreetIrregular Jun 29, 2015

An interesting look at grief and how people deal with it differently. Having a sister myself, I couldn't help imagining myself in Lennie's place and trying to imagine how I would handle things. Beautiful and sad.

ChristchurchLib Jun 02, 2014

"Lennie, 17, was perfectly content living in her vibrant older sister Bailey's shadow, but now Bailey is dead. Devastated by her loss, Lennie tries to carry on, all the while feeling guilty for the smallest moments of happiness -- particularly the ones that she shares with Toby, Bailey's boyfriend. When a new boy in town, gifted musician Joe Fontaine, shows an interest in Lennie, she thinks that he might be "the one"... but can she trust herself not to screw it up? Brimming with emotional intensity, this honest and romantic story is one that fans of tearjerkers won't want to miss." Teen Scene June 2014 newsletter

Jul 30, 2013

It was really overly dramatic for me. I didn't feel very connected to Lennie because her actions and emotions were so over the top, even taken into her consideration the tragedy. And the ending with the notes was obvious from a mile away and rather clichéd, albeit quite unrealistic at the same time (not sure if I'm making sense there).

That's not to say it wasn't a fun summer read. I loved Joe and Big and Lennie's grandma. Personal growth and self-discovery makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside, and there was plenty of that. So, good novel, but there definitely has to be conscious suspension of disbelief.

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Jul 19, 2013

"That is a common misconception, the sky is everywhere and it starts at your feet."

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

“Someone might as well roll up the whole sky, pack it away for good.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

“I have an impulse to write all over the orange walls- I need an alphabet of endings ripped out of books, of hands pulled off of clocks, of cold stones, of shoes filled with nothing but wind.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

“I'm layering away: sauce, noodles, I belong to you, cheese, sauce, my heart is yours, noodles, cheese, I hear your soul in your music, cheese, cheese, CHEESE...”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

“Everyone has always said I look like Bailey, but I don't.
I have grey eyes to her green,
an oval face to her heart-shaped one,
I'm shorter, scrawnier, paler, flatter, plainer, tamer.
All we shared is a madhouse of curls
that I imprison in a ponytail
while she let hers rave
like madness
around her head.
I don't sing in my sleep
or eat the petals off flowers
or run into the rain instead of out of it.
I'm the unplugged-in one,
the side-kick sister,
tucked into a corner of her shadow.
Boys followed her everywhere;
they filled the booths at the restaurant where she waitressed,
herded around her at the river.
One day, I saw a boy come up behind her
and pull a strand of her long hair
I understood this-
I felt the same way.
In photographs of us together,
she is always looking at the camera,
and I am always looking at her.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

“How can the word love, the word life, even fit in the mouth?”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

“He doesn’t have to say it, i feel it too; it’s not subtle - like every bell for miles and miles is ringing at once, loud and clanging, hungry ones and tiny, happy, chiming ones, all of them sounding off in this moment. I put my hands around his neck, pull him to me, and then he’s kissing me hard and so deep, and i am flying, sailing, soaring…”

Jul 08, 2011

"Morning, John Lennon," Joe says, looking up from his guitar strings and throwing me a jaw-dropping grin -what am I doing making out with Toby, Bailey's Toby, I think as I smile back at the holy horsed unfreakingbelievable Joe Fontaine, who has seemingly moved into our kitchen. Things are so mixed up -the boy who should kiss me acts like a brother and the boy who should act like a brother keeps kissing me. Sheesh.


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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 26, 2012

Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of romance

Jul 08, 2011

When her fiery older sister Bailey dies abruptly, seventeen-year-old Lennie, bookworm and band geek, is catapulted to center stage of her own life -and, despite her nopnexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennies's own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they're the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can't collide without the whole world exploding.


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