Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

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.

This past Friday, I read The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.  And after just reading the first 50 pages on my subway ride into the office, I came in, sat down at my desk and felt...


I was already so immersed into the book and into Lennie, that I had to concentrate to remove myself from the book and actually concentrate on work.

Then I finished the book immediately after work.  There was no way I was going to be able to do anything until I'd gotten to the end (and watch out, this is sobfest).  And I loved it.  This is definitely a debut YA that I'll be recommending to everyone.

And I couldn't decide which cover I liked better, which meant that I had to include them both.


Lenore said...

I also loved this one, which completely took me by surprise. Contempory romance isn't my fave genre, by far.

Kelley Vitollo said...

This was just a beautiful book. I love Ms. Nelson's writing. So poetic and lyrical.

Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

I really loved this one as well, it's such a touching story. And both covers are gorgeous,

melissa said...

I just started reading this today. Well, listening actually, but I still love it. The story is written so well.

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

The writing is beautiful. Loved this book, too.


KT said...

I loved this book too. It was so pure and fantastic. I was laughing and tearing up every other page! :)

A Life Bound By Books said...

I loved this book so much.. it was just beautiful! :)

Little Ms J said...

LiLa wrote about this book on their blog! I need to pick it up. You both had similar reactions... Heading to Amazon.

Tina Lynn said...

I keep hearing about this book. I so want to read it.

K. M. Walton said...

Oh how I love this book. It has turned out to be my favorite read of the summer. And Jandy Nelson thanked me on twitter for the post I wrote. I yelped.

Such a magnificent piece of writing.

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