Release Date: March 19, 2010
Series: Standalone book
Rating from A+ to F: A+
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 sister Bailey. But when Bailey dies suddenly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, 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.
I thought The Sky is Everywhere was a fantastic book. Jandy Nelson is a wonderful and creative author and I really enjoyed this book. This is a book dealing with love and grief: Lennie's older sister, Bailey, just passed away, and Lennie is learning to cope with it, with help from Toby, Bailey's boyfriend. Joe, a new boy in town, falls in love with Lennie and Lennie can't help from falling in love back with beautiful Joe. Lennie can always count on them to help her with her sorrow, but this gets difficult when she begins to fall for Toby.
The characters were also well-developed and I thought Jandy did a beautiful job in helping readers understand what was happening in the book. What I thought was very creative was that Jandy would put in the book little notes from Lennie who wrote about what was happening in her life at random moments and leave these things wherever she was at the time. It was really cool to see things like that in each chapter of the book. Nothing disappointed me in the story, and I recommend this to people who love a grief story with people who make it better with love and friendship.
Overall: A great and creative book by Jandy Nelson!
1. Plot- 20 out of 20 points.
2. Characters- 15 out of 15 points.
3. Writing- 19 out of 20 points.
4. Creativity- 15 out of 15 points.
5. Originality- 10 out of 10 points.
6. Ending- 15 out of 15 points.
7. Cover- 4 out of 5 points.
Equals: 98! 97-100 is an A+
Recommended for ages 14 and up.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: JANDY NELSON
Jandy Nelson received a BA from Cornell, an MFA from Brown in poetry, and another MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. A literary agent for many years, she is also a published poet. The Sky Is Everywhere is her first novel. Jandy lives in San Francisco.
Check out her website: www.jandynelson.com
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