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The Sky is Everywhere
The Sky is Everywhere
The Sky is Everywhere
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The Sky is Everywhere

Написано Jandy Nelson

Озвучено Julia Whelan

Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд

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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.

Just as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, Lennie's struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable.

ЯзыкEnglish
ИздательBrilliance Audio
Дата выпуска9 мар. 2010 г.
ISBN9781441820174
The Sky is Everywhere
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Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson, like her characters in I’ll Give You the Sun, 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 novels have been on multiple Best Book of the Year lists and earned many starred reviews. I’ll Give You the Sun is a New York Times Bestseller, and her debut novel, The Sky Is Everywhere, was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick and has been translated widely. Currently a full-time writer, Jandy lives and writes in San Francisco, California—not far from the settings of The Sky Is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun.

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  • Рейтинг: 1 из 5 звезд
    1/5
    This was garbage. So many gross aspects about this book. Including mental health slurs, the r-word slur, slut shaming, and cheating. Can’t forget the cheating.

    This book does not hold up 10 years later. And the fact that it’s now a movie? Yikes.
    So gross.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Such a great book! I never wanted this one to end. It was sad but wonderful, I absolutely recommend reading this.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Lyrical poems interspersed throughout beautifully crafted text. Lots of great imagery and metaphors, but things do get melodramatic and introspective which will appeal to some readers but not others.
  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
    Couldn't really identify with it and was way too heavy when I was wanting something light, but it was really well-written, and there were some nice insights throughout. The self-deprecating, self-centered narrator/main character was really annoying, while all other characters were pretty great. At least she did seem to come around at the end.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Gah! This book. I just do not know how I feel about it. In some ways, I really, really loved it, and in others I was so incredibly frustrated and annoyed by it. My emotional investment in the story makes me feel like I should throw five stars at this book, but, when I think about the plot, I feel like it just deserves three. Either way, Nelson impressed me with her unique style and unflinching look at dark subject matter.

    Nelson's writing has its own cadence, a rhythm. This book reads like poetry to me, more so than do most poems I've read. Her writing both held me captive and frustrated me. Part of her style includes the use of poetic license with regards to sentence structure that make seriously not poetic me crazy. However, the writing fit Lennie's character so completely perfectly that I do not think this book could have been powerful any other way.

    Speaking of Lennie, I am really torn on her. On the one hand, I totally identify with characters who feel boring and lovable, and spend their lives comparing themselves unfavorably to others. If there's something that captured the feelings of my teenager years, that's definitely it. Plus, my heart ached for Lennie's grief over her sister Bailey's death. I really felt her pain and could sense how much was missing. This came through especially powerfully in her little notes that she left everywhere, which, I think, were a good portion of why I liked her so much.

    On the other hand, though, Lennie does some unforgivable things, and, much as I want to forgive her because grief can do a number on a person, I don't think I can. Yes, I could see how she made the decisions she did, but I feel like lots of people can get through their grief without doing that stuff. She cheats and she lies, and I really don't feel like she deserves her happy ending, even though I sort of wanted it to come. Basically, I'm conflicted. I really just wish the plot hadn't had to revolve so much around infidelity.

    What I loved most about this book was seeing Lennie come alive, even though she did so many idiotic, awful things. Only through her sister's death has she been able to flourish, too content with following along in her sister's shadow until forced into independence. Bailey's death wrought a strange change in Lennie, taking her from a girl with little interest in boys to a hormonal, horny mess of a girl. I really loved this, because it is so rare to read novels about girls with healthy sexual appetites. Usually, they're so virginal and pure, so that made such a refreshing change.

    The other characters really stole the show, though: Gram, Big, Joe, Gram's garden. Gram and her garden reminded me a bit of Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen, with the sort of magical realism to her garden. Gram is completely quirky and sassy and loving, and just the best guardian ever; Lennie and Bailey's mom may have run off, but she still has a very present family in Gram and Big.

    Oh, Joe. He's so incredibly, marvelously, wonderfully himself. Unlike the usual YA guys, he does not aim for mysteriousness or brooding. He's endlessly optimistic and smiling, always happy to help in any sort of crazy scheme. Joe treats everyone with kindness and is incredibly open about his feelings. Plus, he's a complete and total band geek. Quel swoony, right?

    For now, this book wasn't perfect for me, but I will be holding on to my copy and revisiting Lennie's story some time in the future, because this might be one of those books I need a second reading to truly appreciate.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Loved the poetry and the realistic depiction of a self-centred but heartbroken and confused teenager. Beginning to think that every YA book written nowadays has a bit of an obsession with death, though...
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    I'm really uncertain about how I feel about this one. I think I would give it 3.5 stars if that was possible.

    It started off really slow.The writing was all over the place and it just felt really jumbled to me. It definitely picked up at around page 70 though, and from then on, it was pretty good. I couldn't connect with Lennon, though, despite the fact that she was telling the story.

    I just found Lennie to be really annoying, and I generally can't stand stories where the girl has more than one guy on the go at a time. I did love all the little notes scattered throughout the book, though. They were really interesting and helped break the story up, as I felt it was a little drawn out. I loved the character of her Grandmother, and Joe was also really amusing. It wasn't amazing but I'm glad I kept on reading to the end.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    I do not know what took me so long to read this book. I thought the book would be a light read. You know, where the story mainly focuses on the romance, while the death of the sister is only thrown in to add depth and angst to the main character. This was definitely not the case in The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. This book reminds me of Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper. If you have read both books, you would find my comparison odd. The story lines of both books are completely different. The comparison is due to how both books unequivocally terrify me. How they make it feel impossible to breath at times. It is the probabilities and possibilities both books present to me. How they push my worse fears in my face and make me confront them. The Sky is Everywhere is written so beautifully you feel the grief of the main character, Lennie, in every word on every page. The supporting characters are all wonderfully written, believable and enjoyable. However, Lennie is the one who makes you keep turning the pages and hoping for her heart to heal.Yes, there is a romance in the book. Yes, there is focus on the romance between Lennie and Joe. But ultimately, this is a book about loss. And how even though one may never fully recover from such a loss, one can eventually move on and find some normalcy in life again.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Lennie is a bright high school girl and talented musician. Her mom left her when she was one with her older sister Bailey and her quirky Gram and uncle. When her sister, a college actress, dies suddenly of a heart attack, Lennie’s world is turned upside down with grief and love for a handsome, new, ultra talented band-mate. She is, however, confused by her sexual attraction to her deceased sister’s boyfriend, who seems to be the only one who understands, as they reach for each other to try to hold on to her sister. Readers of this young adult novel will root for Lennie and her larger than life family, as she fights her grief and loss. Along the way readers will be totally engaged as Lennie realizes that she might not have known her sister as well as she thought and as her illusions about her absent mother are shattered. She also learns a lot about herself along the way. This book is recommended for young adults, especially those dealing with a loss, their sexuality, and those attempting to find their identity.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Lennie is reeling with grief after the sudden death of her older sister. She has to figure out how to build her life when she has always defined herself by her relationship with Bailey. The girls lived with their grandmother after being abandoned by their mother. One of the ways Lennie deals with her grief is through poetry which she writes and leave all over town. She's also a romantic and falls head over heals for the impossibly handsome, musically gifted Joe Fontaine. The book is rich with emotion and quirky likeable characters. An enjoyable read, tinted with a bit of magic.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson Everything from the setting, the characters, to the message and story behind it, you won't regret reading it! It's a quick and an easy read. Lennie and Bailey are best friends...sisters. They do everything and anything together, they mean the world to each other. While Bailey is practicing Romeo & Juliet at a school play Bailey dies of a heart arrhythmia. Lennie's whole world came crashing down, Bailey was the only person she loved and the only person she could talk to. Except her Grandmother who raised Lennie and Bailey ever since they were kids.Lennie's life is thrown off the tracks and she finds herself unable to cope without her grief of loosing her sister. When she starts her first day of school since Bailey died she meets the gorgeous Joey Fontaine. He is a talented musician that every girl at Lennie's High School would drool over him. When Bailey's boyfriend/fiance, Tony comes to Lennie for comfort they both feel overwhelmed at the fact that they remind each other of Bailey and they feel all of these emotions that Bailey wouldn't approve. One of my favorite things about this novel is that in each chapter we get to read a poem of remembrance that Lennie has written about a Bailey. Favorite quote: “The sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet.” “... if you're someone who knows the worst thing can happen at any time, aren't you also someone who knows the best thing can happen at any time too?”
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    I found that it was a bit confusing at some parts.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    Lennie was a very real character in my opinion. She was someone who almost anyone could relate to in some way or another. You could really feel what she was feeling. This is an extremely funny book but also quite sad. It's one of those rare books that I both laughed and cried a significant amount. Now for the boys... I absolutely love Joe. I think he was so perfect for Lennie and their relationship was great. Toby was so sad though, it was hard not to feel bad for him. You find out later in the book some other important information about Bailey and it just makes you want to go and give Toby a hug, considering he should not be with Lennie! I really loved her Grandma and Uncle Big. They were both a great comic relief to the story and a helping hand to Lennie when she needed advice but didn't know it yet.
  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
    I'm just going to come right out and say it, I read this book solely for the cover. Seriously.Unfortunately, it came at a bad time for me. Well, not so much for me. More like it came at a bad time for...it. I imagine, in a perfect world where I hadn't chosen to read The Sky Is Everywhere between If I Stay and Cracked Up To Be, two books with moderately similar concepts (hey, someone's dead/missing! how do we deal with it?!) that I enjoyed a considerable amount more than this book, I would like it better. But it's not a perfect world, and I did read it between those two books, and so, mostly, I just found it annoying.My main complaint about this book is the author's inability to write dialogue that doesn't involve a run on sentence lacking any consideration for subjects or conjunctions. Thirty pages in I wanted to stop reading simply because of the way characters talked. I have never heard anyone in real life eradicate completely relevant words from their sentences the way the characters in this book do, much less an entire community of people. It's like, just come to life out of the pages so I can slap you, please.Furthermore, Lennie is just obnoxious. I truly did not understand the "half of our hearts make one whole of her heart" crap that was her excuse for fooling around with her dead sister's fiancé. I feel like "oh, my sister's dead, I don't know what I was thinking" was a sorry justification for her actions, especially after she clearly states just as much, and then does the same stupid thing again. The whole thing just didn't work for me and I hated Lennie for it, which I'm not sure was the intention.But just so this review (rant?) isn't all bad, I will say that I liked the resolution with the poems that are "found" throughout the book. And the general idea that "the sky is everywhere." Honestly, I think the story was mostly good, but then the characters had to came along and ruin it by being annoying and stupid and poor users of the English language.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Lennie Walker has always been the girl in the background; not the one in the spotlight. And she doesn't necessarily get thrown into the spotlight after her older sister, Bailey, dies so much as she just doesn't have anyone to "hide" behind anymore. This is her story of loss, grief, and ultimately acceptance.This story was exactly what I was needing. It wasn't necessarily a feel-good kind of story but one that touches your heart in so many ways, especially if you have ever lost someone with whom you were close. The feelings and thoughts that Lennie has mirrors so much of what grief is like when someone dies - I mean, it was just so palpable. Then, enter confusion in the form of Bailey's boyfriend. They understand each other's grief but mistake it for..love? Okay, not love but they cling to each other in the hopes of keeping Bailey's memory alive. And really, I just wanted to scream at Lennie and tell her she was being an idiot (because she was). But, you know, she grows throughout this book and she comes to her own kind of nirvana.Did I have some issues with the story? Yeah, sure. The whole Toby thing was strange, but I could sort of understand it. Did I think that Joe and Lennie get too close, too soon? Yep. But the rest of the story was just so good that I was willing to overlook these small details.I would recommend this book for fans of Sarah Dessen and especially fans of Gayle Forman's If I Stay and Where She Went.
  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
    17-year-old Lennie (short for John Lennon) is in shock after her older sister's sudden death. She has always been Bailey's companion pony; as Bailey lived life to the fullest, Lennie preferred to read Wuthering Heights 23 times, not try out for first chair even though she knew she could win it, and make-believe romantic scenarios about her mother who deserted the girls 16 years ago. Now lost without her sister, she suddenly finds herself lost in a love triangle with Bailey's fiance and a cute, fun new boy in band who not only plays every instrument on earth, but is very good looking and likes Lennie. The only way to try to make sense of things is to write poems about Bailey and toss them to the wind, bury them or hide them. Filled with teenage angst and interspersed with poetry, Nelson does a good job of portraying the complexities of teenage life. High school girls who love a good love story and don't mind heartbreak along the way will enjoy this book. Some sex and underage drinking come up. This 275 page book is currently on the list of the 25 nominees for the 2011 Teen's Top Ten list.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    I won this book from a contest Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay and Where She Went, a while ago. It's signed by Jandy Nelson, which is incredibly cool. The book had been in my TBR list for a while and I was so excited that I won it. And it was amazing, let me tell you.For some reason I seem to be drifting towards books where the main character has someone close to them die. Not sure why but I think that this is a storyline that can be done uniquely every time. This book is just tugs on the heart strings as the reader travels with Lennie through the months after her sister has died. She is trying to not fall apart and hold things together and finally she finds someone who she can share her grief with: Toby, her sister's boyfriend. Toby is just as grief-stricken as Lennie is and when she is with him she can just put down the walls she built around everyone else and just be exactly what she is: sad. But when Toby kisses her Lennie is filled with mixed emotions again. She feels as though she has betrayed her sister but st the same time, she isn't feeling anything at all when she is kissing Toby.And then Lennie meets Joe, a new guy at school who doesn't know her as The Girl Whose Sister Died. With Joe, she has no reminders of her sister and can just go back to living an almost normal life.The cast of characters of this book was so rich, I loved all of them. Lennie's grandmother was so lovable, I wish she was my grandma. And I wish I had an eccentric Uncle Big like Lennie has. Joe was the perfect guy and Toby was so beautifully heart broken. And then there is, of course, Lennie who has so many emotions she leaves scraps of poetry written on receipts, napkins, etc all over town in an attempt to pour her feelings out onto paper. A great read that I recommend to anyone who loves Contemporary YA.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    When Lennie loses her sister Bailey, everything she's ever known has changed. She's left to deal with her grief silently... but not for long. Before she knows it, two boys stray along her path. There's Bailey's ex-boyfriend Toby, who's longing for the relationship he lost with Bailey, and then there's Joe, a musically talented genius with a smile that makes everything better, if just for a second. Fighting past the haze of sadness that's threatening to rule her life, Lennie must sort out her complex emotions and choose the boy that will help her most.I loved this book. Not only was it beautifully written, but it struck a chord deep in my heart. Everything was described perfectly, and I could feel Lennie's pain as if it was my own.This book was gorgeous, eloquent, and absolutely poignant. It's a haunting story that will stay ingrained in your memory forever should you choose to read it. I would recommend it to anyone, but most especially to avid romantics - it's almost guaranteed to force a few tears out of you. :)
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Lennie is beside herself with grief over her sister's death and finds herself behaving in unexpected ways. The relationships in this novel are sweet, quirky, and at their best and most genuine when the language gets raw or heated. A missing mother issue is portrayed believably, and so is Lenny's newfound sexual awakening.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    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 twenty pages I already had a long list of quotes in my head I wanted to remember. By page fifty I had gone between laughing and crying so many times that my head was spinning. I did not get up, look up or think about anything else for the three or so hours I spent reading this book. I felt these characters, they might as well be real people. Within a few pages I felt the absence of Bailey like I'd known her for years. Seriously, get yourself to the bookstore. Don't walk, RUN. Buy this book and prepare to fawn at my feet for the rest of time for convincing you to do so. I don't know what to compare it to because its like taking one of the myriad of YA fantasy novels out there and saying it is "like Harry Potter" simply because its in the genre. If you're a fan of Sarah Dessen you'll love it. I've been trying to find something to tide me over until her next book is published. Now I'll be reading the Sarah Dessen books I haven't gotten to yet to tide myself over until Jandy Nelson writes something else. Have I made my point? :)
  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
    In a small beach town in California, 17-year old Lennie is reeling from the death of her older sister, Bailey, who she considered more outgoing, talented, and attractive than her. She isn't sure how to accept help from her artist/gardener grandmother, who raised her and Bailey when their mother abandoned them as babies, her weed-smoking uncle Big, her best friend Sara, or Joe, the hot new boy at school that every girl has a crush on. Her grief compels her to get hot and heavy with her deceased sister's similarly forlorn boyfriend, Toby, even though she really likes Joe. What's a plain-Jane grieving clarinetist to do? I read this because Gayle Forman (If I Stay) talked it up on her blog. It was better than the last book I read for this reason, the awful Anna and the French Kiss, but still not as good as I hoped. On the quality continuum of YA books about dealing with the death of a loved one, I would say this one is less cliched than Hold Still but not as good as Broken Soup. It wasn't terribly written and there were some good insights in there. On the other hand, parts of it were painfully overwritten and there was a lot of heavy-handed symbolism. A decaying houseplant that is supposed to represent Lennie. Chopping up Wuthering Heights with pruning shears. Chapters started and ended with poems and conversations with her sister that Lennie wrote on scraps of paper that she left places around town, stuck on tree branches, under rocks, etc. That was a gimmick that didn't really ring true. There were some sweet moments with Lennie's love interest, Joe Fontaine, but he was basically a cartoon character. He become infatuated with Lennie early on even though all she does for the first half of the book is feel sorry for herself. In real life, he would have been all about that gorgeous girl Rachel who is a really awful person. The cutest boy in school doesn't go for the plain girl who's totally miserable, no matter how well she can play the clarinet. That's life. I wish there were more YA books about not getting what you want because it's such a huge part of being alive. Alas, this was not such a book. It ended with (spoiler) Lennie and Joe loving each other up on a bed strategically located in the middle of the forest just moments after he finally forgave her for cheating on him with Toby. Uh, yeah. Right. I guess adolescent wish-fulfillment doesn't do much for me. But I'm an adult. Teenage girls might go for this, but it's not as good (in my estimation) as some of the YA out there. Want a less cheesy book about grieving? Read Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    LOVED IT!!! Jandy Nelson breaks your heart and brings out giggles and smiles.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    This is a sad, touching novel, written in prose that speaks of a girl's grief over the death of her sister and the process of learning to love again without the fear of being hurt. I loved this book and it touched me; I stayed up late into the night simply stunned by this novel and thinking about the powerful words winding through its pages.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    WOW. this book blew me away. It was soooo good! Now one of my favorites! Lennie, (such a cool name) is an amazing character. Joe was awesome (total book crush) and all the other people brought something. This writer is amazing. She put grief, betrayal, and growing up all into the best love story i have ever read. I recommend this book to everyone, it now has a special place in my heart.And.... i want a joe for myself.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    This was another one of those books that everyone told me I had to read but I just never got to. Fortunately I won it in a giveaway and someone in my book club just happened to be raving about it the day it arrived in my mailbox. I did not think it would live up to the hype but it was an unbelievably moving story. Lennie's grief was so crippling that it was painful to read about and yet I was sucked into the maelstrom of feelings swirling around inside her and could not put the book down. After suffering the loss of the sister whom she thought had no secrets from her one surprising revelation after another come to light and leaves Lennie staggering wondering what other secrets her sister had been hiding.Enter in Joe. It's funny he is described as having one of those smiles and presence that makes everyone around him smile and I found myself smiling and laughing despite the sorrow you feel for Lennie. I could feel the joy coming off the pages whenever he was around. I absolutely adored him and his brothers. I had a harder time processing and understanding Lennie's relationship with Toby. At first I couldn't understand what was driving the two of them together until I really tried to put myself into her shoes and imagine the depth of grief and craving for comfort she must be feeling.This entire story was just amazing and touched my heart. It is one of the few books I have read and decided to add to my keeper shelf. Thanks to everyone who suggested I read this story and if you haven't definitely go check it out!
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    This was a beautiful novel. Beautiful story, beautiful characters, beautiful ideas, beautiful language and dialogue. I identified with the protagonist, Lenny, as she stumbles through her young life, coming of age (aren't we always, at least a little), and her uncertainties about herself, who she is and what she wants--who she is without others without her sister, Bailey. Though I could only have hoped for a romance like hers at the time and have never experienced the loss of a very close sister, I have come close enough. I just loved the expressions and the fresh realism of Lenny's thoughts and the way she especially and her friend spoke. It made them different, offbeat, fun, silly, creative and down to earth at the same time. I also thought the use of music (Lenny and her friend Sarah, love interest Joe and other characters are in the high school band) and it's beauty, complexity, melody, twists, turns, surprises was a nice analogy for the same, and also struggles and striving, in life. This was just a beautiful novel for me, yes there's that word again, and I look forward to more from Jandy Nelson.
  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
    Lennie Walker, younger sister of Bailey, is comfortable playing clarinet, reading Wuthering Heights for the twenty-third time, and living in her fiery sister’s shadow. When Bailey dies suddenly, Lennie is launched into unimaginable grief, genuinely unable to let even her closest friend, Sarah, reach her: “I’m somewhere she can’t find, and I don’t have the map to give her that leads to me.” (26) It’s interesting, even humourous at times, to observe how each of the story’s characters comes to terms with loss and grief: Gram is a gardener, Lennie is a musician and writer, and Uncle Big is a serial-groom. Toby, Bailey’s fiancé, and Joe, new boy in town, are part of Lennie’s life, too; and the plot thickens.I enjoyed Nelson’s integral references to music, art, literature, and Juilliard. Ultimately, the fine arts play an important role in Lennie’s self-discovery. In addition, the arts have in some ways helped to shape who the sisters are. Lennie observes, “Each time someone dies, a library burns. I’m watching it burn to the ground.” (152) The Sky is Everywhere is a must-read for young adult audiences. I am not that audience, and was not aware of the intended audience when I picked up the book. I continued to read because the story is about sisters, how one simply does not know how she will continue to breathe without the other. I get that. I know that gift. “Maybe that was the color of her extraordinary.” (187)
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    When I finished this book I was unable to read another for a few days. It was one of those books where I loved it so much and found myself having to digest everything that I had just read. This doesn't happen all the time for me, when it does I call it a "book coma". It's probably one of the sincerest forms of flattery I can give a novel.This novel follows Lennie. She's a talented musician, and has a great family (though a bit abnormal since she lives with her grandmother due to the fact her mom disappeared when she was younger) - overall her life is pretty status quo. Then her sister dies suddenly from a heart defect. Lennie's life starts to spiral down. Before she was comfortable being second, staying out of the center of attention, and now she's thrust into the spotlight because her sister passed away. In addition she finds herself torn between two boys - her sister's boyfriend and the new guy at school.The Sky is Everywhere is another novel that makes me really excited about young adult fiction. When novels take on tough subjects and situations I really love seeing how the characters deal with the situations. In this case it's grieving. I think I have a personal fascination with grieving just because I lost grandparents in high school. Obviously it's not the same as losing a sister, but just the grieving process in general is sort of fascinating for me because people tend to deal with the loss and go through the process in different ways.Lennie's process is hard to describe because in a way she closes herself off, while opening herself up and coming in to her own at the same time. She's a very interesting character. When it comes to dealing with her sister's death she closes herself off from her family, and finds comfort (and pain) with her sister's boyfriend. They seem to understand one another in a way that she can't find with anyone else. And then there's Joe. He'll get his own paragraph in a second. Joe makes Lennie open up in a different way. Where she hurts silently with Toby, Joe makes her "forget" - he helps her live again, he helps make her music come alive.Joe is a fantastic character. He's that boy that is very free - very "hippie" I guess. Joe is just that guy that has his insecurities, but confident as well. He plays multiple instruments, and he loves hard. In the end he really loves Lennie - a lot. The arc with their relationship is very interesting. Since the novel is from Lennie's head you can feel her confusion when it comes to this boy. But once they're going they just fit. They're "perfect" - they just work.This story was very beautiful. I loved how the story was told, and how each chapter contained a piece of Lennie's heart. She would write poetry on wrappers, napkins, scraps of paper, and burry them or let the wind take them. It gave the reader more insight to what she was feeling - it gave Lennie the ability to release her feelings. There were also some twists and surprises that I honestly didn't expect, and they make the story that much more real. Overall this was one of the best realistic fiction novels I've read, and I'd absolutely recommend this to anyone.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    The sudden death of her sister leaves Lennie an emotional mess. The Sky is Everywhere is the story of how one 17-year-old copes with the overwhelming weight of her grief. Author Jandy Nelson did an amazing job capturing the conflicting feelings in the grief of a sibling, making it very easy to sympathize with Lennie in spite of her moody teenage ways.
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    5/5
    I adored this book. It was heartbreaking and sad, while somehow managing to make you laugh and give you that warm tingly feeling inside. And the poetry before every chapter? I loved getting that look into Lennie's mind!My Summary: Lennie (short for Lennon, after the Beatle) is a seventeen-year-old band geek. She plays second chair, although her music teacher has told her many times that she's good enough to get into Julliard. Lennie doesn't want to dream big, though - that's always been her sister Bailey's dream, and she isn't about to intrude on it.But then Bailey dies, and Lennie's world becomes complete chaos. Lennie has lost everything - her best friend, her confidant, and the one person who promised she'd always be there; unlike Lennie and Bailey's flighty mother, who abandoned them when they were young. Suddenly, her bright, outgoing, outspoken sister is gone, and Lennie doesn't know who she is anymore. Toby knows how she feels - he and Bailey had been head over heels in love for more than 2 years. With Bailey gone, he clings to her memory through Lennie, who shares his pain. They comfort each other, and when they're together, it seems like Bailey is right there with them.Then there's Joe - a new kid who just moved back from France. He's taken the band by storm, dazzling everyone with his ability to play almost every instrument better than anyone else. He sees Lennie's talent - and he also sees that she's trying to hide it, to make herself seem uninterested in her music. He's determined to get her to play a song with him...But when Lennie starts to feel a connection with both boys, things become complicated. With Toby, it feels like Bailey is never really gone. They share each other's pain and comfort each other. With Joe, it feels like there is something worth being happy about again; he helps her realize that music could help her heal. My Thoughts: This book really hit home. I loved the poetry element, having always been a fan of poetry, but the poetry in this book isn't just an enjoyable read - it really gives you great insight into Lennie's feelings and shows you just how hard she's taking Bailey's death. I also love the whole concept of being the 'side-kick; your whole life, only to have your hero die... it begs the question: Who are you after all that? What defines you now? And: Can you really go from a back-up dancer to center stage?I loved Jandy Nelson's writing style as well, and the characters were always surprising me. I especially loved how the author was able to incorporate a whole bunch of conflicts and twists without making the story seem ridiculously over-packed or something - everything goes really well together, and the pacing is smooth and easy to follow.Other things I loved:- Lennie's favourite book - one word: Joe- the honesty of the narrator, and the fact that the writing and the voice seem age-appropriateHonestly, I loved everything about this book, so there's really no point in continuing! :PAnyways, do yourselves a favour and READ THIS BOOK! It really makes you appreciate the people around you, flaws and all (just so you know, I hugged my sister after finishing this book). Borrow it from the library (like I did) or buy it (the softcover is out, and I must say, the cover-art is BEAUTIFUL!). You won't regret it, I swear!