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The Sky Is Everywhere
by Jandy Nelson


Overview - 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...  Read more...

 
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Overview
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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  • ISBN-13: 9780803734951
  • ISBN-10: 0803734956
  • Publisher: Dial Books
  • Publish Date: March 2010
  • Page Count: 275
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Love & Romance
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Performing Arts - Music
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Death & Dying

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 69.
  • Review Date: 2010-02-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

When Lennie's older sister dies suddenly, she is devastated, but she also starts realizing she no longer has to be the “companion pony” to the “thoroughbred” that was her dazzling sister. Living her own life proves difficult, however, both because it “doesn't seem right that anything good should come out of Bailey's death” and because of complications that arise when she falls in love with a talented musician in the school band. This honest, complex debut is distinguished by a dreamy California setting and poetic images that will draw readers into Lennie's world, particularly in the notes Lennie writes about life with her sister on bits of paper and even trees (“I button one of her frilly shirts/ over my own T-shirt./ ....I always feel better then,/ like she's holding me”). The author perhaps creates a few too many vibrant characters and plot points (Lennie also searches for her missing mom and discovers secrets Bailey was hiding). Even so, readers will be moved by Lennie's ability to admit to even some of her most unpleasant feelings and motivations, and her growing willingness to live “full blast.” Ages 14–up. (Mar.)

 
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