Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Jandy Nelson; The Sky is Everywhere

  • Happy Birthday The Sky is Everywhere!
  • ARC
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)


Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie'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 wide world exploding.

My Review
   This book really hit home for me.  I lost my older sister when I was about her age.   Jandy Nelson really put her heart into this book. She made this tragic story into something more than heartache.  As much as I know about loosing people and learning to deal with the grief.  Lennie had her own sort of way of dealing with it.  The plot was awesome. I may not have always cheered for Lennie in the book because I kept wanting to shake my head in shame as if her character took me over. Joe was a romantic whirlwind that changed Lennie's life forever. Not a  single disappointing page in the entire book.  I can not recommend this book enough to make me feel satisfied. So get out there and grab this one!

Want to read the first 2 chapters? Go here!
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Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Happy Birthday indeed. Looking forward to reading this one because it hits home for me too.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Whoa. Sounds good.

Thank you for sharing your loss with us.

I love when a book or song is able to capture my pain and console me.


brizmus said...

Sorry to hear that you lost your sister. I'm glad this book appealed to you on such a deep level.
I'll definitely keep this book in mind for the future.

StephTheBookworm said...

Wonderful review. It's great when we are able to deeply connect with a book. This one is on my TBR. I really love the cover too!

choco (In Which a Girl Reads) said...


And amazing review! You made me want to read this book even more :)

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Sarah said...

Great review! This book sounds great and I added it to my to read pile.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. It sounds like this is a really well written book with a lot of deep emotions.

Lily Child said...

AWESOME review. I am extremely sad to hear about your sister. :( I will definitely be picking this one up on my next trip to the bookstore!

GMR said...

Loved the review! It's great when an author can hold your interest in their story from page 1 to page (insert large number here). It makes it that more memorable, that more enjoyable...and it sounds as if this one was that for you (although I am sorry to hear about your loss)! Thanks for sharing....and happy reading!

PeaceLove&Pat said...

I am now seriously thinking of putting this on my TBR. I wasn't sure if I wanted to read something that relates to grief but your review made me a little bit comfortable.