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The Sky Is Everywhere

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  83,006 ratings  ·  8,868 reviews
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 a
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Dial Books
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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
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
There’s something about Jandy Nelson’s writing. I can name dozens of incredible writers off the top of my head, but Jandy Nelson is not only talented; she is original. She uses original figures of style and moves you in ways you didn’t expect.

Granted, you must be patient when you read her books, because she is the type to use more words than necessary in any given context. She loves describing scenes, characters and especially feelings, making THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE so very lyrical.

Normally, I do
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
After reading "I'll Give You The Sun", I was ready to read anything by Jandy Nelson!

Once again the main character was an artist and going through grief. That part I loved. I didn't care as much for the romance/love triangle but if someone usually likes YA Contemporary romance you should absolutely give this book a shot!

Overall I think it was impossible for this book to be as good as her other one but I overall enjoyed it. (3.5)
Brian Yahn
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jandy Nelson has a way with telling stories. They all come out more like works of art than books. Reading them is an experience of it's own, like dancing, but instead of your hands being on hips, they're on the cover of a book.

When I die,
tell me a funky story
just like this one
I can't help but love.

(Found on a message board, GoodReads, online)

The way The Sky Is Everywhere connects death with becoming yourself and falling in love is beautiful. All of the characters are crazy. They feel like they'r
Adam Silvera
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
My Life is really happy with me for having finally read this beautiful novel.

P.S: I quit writing.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
when you read a story centred around the loss of someone, its expected to be an emotional and somewhat melancholy experience. but the best books that deal with loss also make you wish for hope and feel uplifted. and thats exactly what this story did.

i will always praise jandy nelsons writing. there is something so lyrical and poetic about it that shapes even the most mundane words into thoughts of beauty. and i think that was an asset to this story. she perfectly described the difficult nature o
Jul 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I fell in love with this book. Lennie, also called John Lennon by her friend/boyfriend and family, is grieving for her sister Bailey who died a sudden death. They live/lived with their Gram and Uncle Big. I really loved Gram and Uncle Big, they are some crazy cool characters let me tell you.

Through-out the book, Lennie writes notes, poems, thoughts on any piece of paper and lets them go, buries them, tapes them to things, throws them away in different places. Maybe someone will read them. I lov
Mar 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Emma Johansson
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have never cried over a book before. Never. This was one of the best books I've ever read, more than five stars. It was incredible, heartbreaking, so amazingly weird. Read it everyone, this book is a gift from god. A true blessing. Love.

I love joe. Such a beautiful boy. So different, so weird. I love the way he looks at her on her first day back in school, I love his name, I love that he's from Paris.

I love Toby. So sweet and also, beautiful, he does not measure up to joe though, oh joe, I th
Larry H
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jandy Nelson doesn't just write books—she creates dazzlingly beautiful, poetic masterpieces of words and images, which leave you breathless and shaken to your core, your mind spinning. Her second book, I'll Give You the Sun (see my review), still holds a place in my heart and my brain almost four years after I read it, and it made my list of the best books I read in 2014.

I've always wanted to read her debut novel, The Sky is Everywhere , but I've held back, because it made me happier knowing
Apr 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015, overrated
I'm so glad this is over for so many reasons. I'm also really confused and disappointed. This was such a let-down, especially after reading I'll give You the Sun, which was an immensely rich and beautiful book. I don't understand how those two books can be so different, how one can be so impressive and the other one just weak. Anyway, I'm glad I read I'll give You the Sun first, otherwise I would have never picked it up, as this was the biggest disappointment. Here's why:

- I couldn't connect wit
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.
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: A lot of my wonderful, wonderful friends

One of the funniest, most beautiful and most inspiring stories I’ve ever read about coping with grief and falling in love, about discovering oneself, strengthening the bond of friendship and sisterhood, and realizing who your genuine family is. I now clearly understand why so many of my friends have fallen in love with this book. I undeniably have as I have gone through all the symptoms of falling madly in love with a book.

♣ Inability to put the book down.
♣ Grinning like a buffoon and snorting a
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars

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

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. YA book #2 in 2016.

Jandy Nelson has this special writing style. It’s kind of odd (in the best way) and beautifully poetic. Her characters are a little out there and her stories are like nothing I’ve ever read before. The Sky is Everywhere is a powerful story of a young woman dealing with grief the best way she knows how.
“grief is a house
where the chairs
have forgotten how to hold us
the mirrors h
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nic by: Nomes
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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
*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!
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  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.
Oct 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Kim by: Arlene
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.
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In-freaking-credible!!!!! If I could give this book a thousand stars, I would! Review later :)
Dannii Elle
This was breathtakingly beautiful and heartrendingly tragic read! I had (wrongfully) anticipated this to be a cute Summer read full of angsty teen romance and not much else.

The story follows Lennie Walker as she attempts to cope with teenage life and its many multiplying predicaments following the death of her big sister, Bailey.

I immediately felt an affinity and empathy with Lennie as, just two pages in, she professed her love for Wuthering Heights; my all-time favourite book! My love for this
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
Maria Espadinha
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Soul Inside the Houseplant

“Sometimes you must lose everything to find yourself“

Grandma, a six feet (tall) old lady who happens to be a guru on anything related to plants, is worried. She’s worried cos one of her plants is black-spotted and she’s trembling with the motive.
That particular plant has a wireless connection to her granddaughter’s soul, reflecting her darkest feelings by means of colored stains:

Once it got white spots...
Once it got brown spots...

However, both times, the girl and th
Lily ☁️
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lily ☁️ by: Marie
This book is really sad, and full of grief, but also hopeful, and uplifting? My emotions were all over the place, reading it, and I’m still not completely sure about my rating.

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Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Okay, so about half way through this book I felt like it was going to be a 2 star read for me. I had major issues with the main charter, Lennie, and how she dealt with a lot of things. Now I know people do crazy things in the face of grief, but her actions were hard to understand given that she hurt a lot of people in the process. Also, there was EXTREME instalove in this that was not believable for me.

Getting on to what I did enjoy:
Jandy Nelson is a fantastic writer, and she makes you feel for
*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
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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
“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.” 1415 likes
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