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The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson


Cover art: The Sky is Everywhere YA Guest Reviewer: Carolyn Graham
Title: The Sky is Everywhere
Author: Jandy Nelson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN-13: 978-0-8037-3495-1 (Hardcover)
Release Date: March 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: N/A
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: 15-19
Year/Setting: Current
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Jandy's Website/Blog: www.jandynelson.com

Lennie Walker is a 17 year old bookworm and band geek; mostly in the shadow of her older fiery sister Baiely. But Lennie loves her so much that she doesn’t mind. But when Bailey suddenly dies, Lennie gets catapulted onto center stage. She can’t seem to get anything straight. Her sister was her best friend, her guide. She can’t seem to get over the pain. The she finds herself struggling between two guys. Lennie gets caught between Toby, a country boy and Joe, a passionate boy. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend who can’t seem to move without Bailey. They had planned everything together. Marriage, family, etc. But while Toby and Lennie try to get over the loss of Bailey, they comfort each other in sorrow.

But then there’s Joe. Joe is the new boy in town. He came from Paris and is phenomenal clarinet player. He falls hard for Lennie. He comforts her with happiness and music. But she is torn between the boy that makes her feel alive and forget about the pain of her sister being gone, which makes her feel so guilty for doing so. Or the boy who brings back the memories of her sister and the pain with it.

This book was a great read. I couldn’t put it down. I absorbed everything, the characters, the scenes; just imaged everything in my head like a movie. I could feel Lennie’s pain. I could feel the sorrow Toby felt. I could feel the love between Lennie and Joe. I could really relate to Lennie. She went through so much, just to not disappoint her sister. Who wasn’t even there. She wanted to still be accepted. So she never touched any of Bailey’s things. She was worried about losing the memory of her sister. Which in reality, you never lose the memory of a loved one you’ve lost.

I would recommend this book to anyone my age or a little older. This a book any teenage girl so pick up. It’s pretty life changing. As the title, states "The Sky is Everywhere." which in a sense is not far from the truth.


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