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The Sky is Everywhere

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  47,305 ratings  ·  5,045 reviews
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' ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Dial Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Each time someone dies, a library burns.

First of all, let me just say that reading this as an ebook is a crime against literature and should be punished as such. The edition I’m holding resembles a diary with its worn cover, wonderful illustrations, little handwritten notes, blue ink and a rubber band holding it all together. It is, without a shadow of a doubt, the prettiest book I’ve ever seen. If you can’t get your hands on a paper edition, wait until you do or you’ll be robbing yourself of
This is more of a ramble then a review, so bare with me.

After reading this book, my emotions were kinda everywhere at once.
There are a lot of different ways that people grieve when they loss someone they love.
Lennie unconsciously and purposely explores her sexuality with not one but two guys in her life. Joe is the new boy in town, talented musician and all around swoon-worthy while Toby just happens to be her sister boyfriend.
There is a very fine line to right and wrong that Lennie is treading
Yesterday, searching for something "light" to read, I picked up The Sky Is Everywhere. Funny how I needed to relax and ended up not being able to put it down until I finished the last page, at 2am.

Lennie Walker is a teenage clarinetist whose beloved sister, Bailey, suddenly dies of a heart failure. This is the story of her journey through grief and loss, through teenage hormones and love, through family and friendship, in the quest to eventually find her true self and survive her sister's death.
Sep 02, 2010 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of extra-emo YA
The Sky Is Everywhere is undoubtedly a beautifully written book. Its emotional prose and the story itself will resonate with many (female) readers. You have grief here, the main character's journey to live with it, her inability to sort out her feeling for two guys - her dead sister's fiancee, who understands and shares her feelings perfectly, and a new boy in town, whose sheer presence makes her forget her pain. A generous amount of passion will entice many too. But for me it never quite worked ...more
Favourite Quote: 'I look into his sorrowless eyes and a door in my heart blows open. And when we kiss, I see that on the other side of that door is the sky.'

This review is not going to be like normal because The Sky Is Everywhere is so STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL it hard to get the words out. So I thought I use some pictures to help express my thoughts.


The Sky Is Everywhere made my heart ache. The above picture pretty much sums up Lennie's life and also the way it made me feel while reading it. My emot
Zoë (readbyzoe)
Book 22/100 for 2015


This book really didn't do anything for me. I was expecting great things because of the incredible hype surrounding the book, but I was bored throughout. I felt like the romance between Joe and Lennie was WAY too sudden (He just randomly shows up at her house one day and then begins to invite himself into the house every morning with croissants? Also, they kiss and then a few days later they are in love?) and her ongoing crisis between picking Toby or Joe made me want to
This book was seriously so wonderful. It deals with grief in a way that was so spot on and beautiful. Jandy Nelson has this superhuman ability to articulate really hard to explain emotions completely perfectly and its just the best.
Sometimes you must lose everything to find yourself.

Jandy Nelson’s debut novel The Sky is Everywhere is an absolute must read for YA readers. I breezed through this book in one sitting, and I’m still going over in my heart and in my mind all the emotions this book made me feel about the complexities of grief and loss.

Surprisingly enough, there were moments this book had me laughing out loud… literally guffawing and I’m not one prone to bursting out in hysterics, but Lennie’s analogies and mental
Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc)
*Lowered my rating to a 3 just because I hated the ending so much.

I loved this so much for the first half but then I became excessively irritated with Lennie and I just couldn't handle it. Video review soon!
Andie (_HalfBl00dPrincess)
In-freaking-credible!!!!! If I could give this book a thousand stars, I would! Review later :)
Sita Sargeant
Nov 05, 2011 Sita Sargeant rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ...?
Recommended to Sita by: Megan
Truthfully this really isn't even a review. IT's more of a list of questions and comments. SO if you actually like the book. I recommend turning away. Cause this is sort of a hate review.

1) Screwed up love triangle.
2) Screwed up characters
3) Screwed up plot
4) I know that the character was grieving. But really?
5) Really?
6) Setting

1) Writing. It was really good and beautiful
2) Dead sister

1) Concept (author maybe pulled it off)

See that was my hate list.
*3.5/5 stars.
After I read I'll Give You The Sun last year and it easily became my favorite book of 2014, I obviously had high expectations for Jandy Nelson’s first book. And while this book met most of my expectations, it certainly didn’t exceed them.
Let me explain: Basically, I just didn't like and couldn't sympathize with the main character Lennie. There are your typical immature and puberty stricken protagonists and then there’s Lennie. She definitely took it too far. Some decisions she made
Allison (The Allure of Books)
This book is, quite simply, stunning. Magical, hilarious, heart breaking, passionate, real...seriously. It has captivated me and left me a slobbering, stuttering cheeseball in its wake.

I have so much I want to say about it, but at the same time I want to keep all my thoughts to myself and say only that this might be the best book I have ever read...or very high up the list anyway.

Within two pages, I had a huge grin on my face. Within ten pages I had probably laughed about seven times. Within twe
TBR Reduce Challenge #1- 2011: Arlene

I'm so so so sorry Arlene, but I'm in 50% and I still don't like the book. I really tried.

I don't sympathize with Lennie, I don't get her Toby thing, I don't feel her loss or her pain. It's like watching a movie without sound: you see what's happening, but you don't really get into it because something important is missing.

I wanted to like this so much because so many of my friends loved this.
Stacey (prettybooks)
Jandy Nelson has appeared on lists of top (young adult) contemporary novels for as long as I've enjoyed the genre. I even had The Sky is Everywhere on my Kindle (sadly unread for no particular reason!) for a few years before Walker Books sent me an unexpected review copy of the new cover edition. It is being published again to match her latest, I'll Give You the Sun , and so it was the perfect excuse to pick it up!

I adore heartbreaking contemporary novels and The Sky is Everywhere turned out to
B u n n y ♥  | BooksWithBunny
*4.8 stars*

Second time I try to write this review. Finger crossed I don't fuck up anything this time.

I read I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson in september of this year and I really really enjoyed it so obviously I wanted to read this book.
The Sky is Everywhere follows a young girl called Lennie and her struggle with life after the sudden death of her sister. She finds herself not only desperate and sad and broken inside for her loss but also torn between two kind of of love interests. Althou
The Sky is Everywhere is the type of novel that makes me devastated that I only know five languages. You see, perhaps if I knew more words in different languages I could find that one perfect word to describe what this book is. All I know is that it doesn’t exist in the English language. Nelson’s debut is a raw, visceral experience, one that you need to live through yourself to understand its beauty. It’s the type of novel that makes me realize that I’ve been looking at the world the wrong way a ...more
Summer the bummer
"You can tell your story any way you damn well please.
It’s your solo.”

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Personal story time!

I have a little sister, who’s five years old, and was diagnosed with mild autism. Despite the 10-year age difference, I do consider her my best friend and am fiercely protective of her. If anything were to ever happen to her, I know I’d go batshit crazy.

A few years ago, we were at my cousin’s house, and in their backyard was a pool. Not the best place for an autistic kid with
This is one of those books you want to read with both hands over your eyes, peeking through your fingers. The horrible thing has already happened when the book opens, right? Lennon's sister died four weeks ago. Cue a vivid slice of the grief process for her, Gram, and Uncle Big, the three left behind when Bailey dies. But then there is Bailey's grief-stricken boyfriend, Toby. There is Lennie's sudden, inexplicable desire to make out with every cute boy who crosses her path. And then there's the ...more
4.5 stars

I loved this book, I really did. I thought it was beautifully written and that the emotions were so well delivered that you could live Lennie's grief with her. This book was just so passionate and heartbreaking and it really made me see some things differently.

Overall, this was the first book I read by Jandy Nelson and she did an amazing job!

“The sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet.”

Lennie is a seventeen-year-old girl who has lost everything. Because when Bailey died Lennie lost her sister, her best friend, the person she looked up to and trusted more than anyone in the world. She could tell Bailey everything, from her love for Wuthering Hights to her thoughts about their mother, who left after they were born, leaving them with their grandmother and their uncle. And now Lennie's world is crumbling down. Who is Lennie without B
4.5 Stars!

Wow, in spite of my almost rough start with The Sky is Everywhere, I ended up loving it! So emotional and beautiful.

All her knowledge is gone now.
Everything she's ever learned, or heard, or saw. Her particular way of looking at Hamlet or daisies or thinking about love, all her private intricate thoughts, her inconsequential secret musings - they're gone too. I heard this expression once: Each time someone dies, a library burns. I'm watching it burn right to the ground.

Where to begin?
Natalie Monroe
Mar 23, 2015 Natalie Monroe marked it as to-read
It's free on Amazon. How could a girl say no?
Lindsey Rey
I loved I'll Give You a Sun, but I was very disappointed by this book. I felt like the romance was too instalovey and I just didn't really care for the characters.
Melannie :)
Although I had HIGH expectations for this one, and I still think it doesn't live up to the hype, I found myself smiling as I read the last words.

And it's because despite of it all, I think the book well written.

But the characters, oh the characters, I didn't get them (no wait, I did get Joe, I think he's awesome) even though they were very three-dimensional, (I'm talking about Lennie here) I just couldn't swallow her, to me she was just a pathetic, little selfish brat with no life or personality
As Sarah would say... Holy horses!

The Sky is Everywhere is Lennie's story, the story of how she deals with life without her sister, Bailey. What results is an emotional rollercoaster of a journey. Jandy Nelson defies genres, as this book is part romantic comedy, part mystery and part magic realism. It seems to be tucked up in its own little corner of the YA world.

And that, I think, is part of its brilliance.

Some things to keep in mind:
- The characters are sweet, loveable and unique. Yes, you
Whitney Atkinson
tissue count: 7

this book was so freakin fantastic, one of my new favorites.
like, up-at-1:30-AM-crying-because-it's-so-good favorite
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
My lovely, lovely Jen (Nevada Jen) got this for me for Xmas!! Clearly I have friends that spoil me.

*3.5 stars*

"The sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet."

AAAAAAH! My first review!!! I have MISSED REVIEWING!! Well, I'm finally back and I am so glad I chose this book to revive me in the reading world. It was just light enough, just angsty enough, just just just what I needed. I needed a shock to my system. It's like this totally angsty book brought me back to life, a ta
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Jandy Nelson, like her characters in I’ll Give You the Sun and The Sky is Everywhere, 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 critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling second novel, I’ll Give You the Sun, received the prestigious Printz Award, Bank Street's ...more
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“My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn't go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her. That's just how it is. Grief and love are conjoined, you don't get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy.” 914 likes
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