Reader Reviewed The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

The Sky is Everywhere

Written by Jandy Nelson

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This is a debut novel that once read will never be forgotten. It's a vibrant, deeply romantic novel that will bring tears to your eyes but it will also bring laughter through the tears! It's also funny, sexy and deeply meaningful. This is the perfect book to share, between mothers and daughters, or amongst friends. Whatever your age, The Skiy is Everywhere will touch your heart and stay with you always. Here at Lovereading we think it has the potential to be the Lovereading4kids debut book of the year for it embodies all the necessary magic and quality of the very best.

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Probably the most beautiful book to be published. A stunning debut novel that will speak to women everywhere, from teenagers to thirty-somethings. The story is moving yet funny, the characters are memorable and engaging, and the book itself is uniquely designed with full colour throughout with a flexi cover and elastic bookmarker. For teens this is a story of first love and family life, for older readers it is a nostalgic celebration of dreams, love and sisterhood.

Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Millie, aged 14 - 'The book is an emotional rollercoaster. Literally laughing one second and crying the next. Throughout the book there are things that anyone can relate to which makes it even more exciting for the reader.'
  • Farah Alam, aged 19 - 'I really enjoyed this book and, found myself finishing it in one sitting...I especially love the notes that you get to read that Lennie leaves around her town.'
  • Ayesha Hall, aged 14 - 'The Sky is Everywhere is an amazing, inspirational book. Powerful yet innovating! Amazing book.'
  • Jade Craddock -'It is a very ambitious novel and to some extent I didn’t feel that it reached the dizzying heights it deserved, but overall this is a solid 4 out of 5 stars'.
  • Izzy Read, aged 14 - 'Overall it was a great and different novel to read and I would advise every dreamy teenager to read it.'
  • Ella Grabsky, aged 15 - 'Despite dealing with a dark topic, this books manages to remain light and romantic. It was a novel that ended with you feeling satisfied.'
  • Lauren Coffman, age 15 - 'This book was enjoyable and a real page turner.'
  • Ayesha, age 17 - 'The novel was a work of art. From the writing to the palpability of the characters, to the love triangle, everything was just perfect.'
  • Sarah Murray, age 16 - 'Heartbreaking and emotional this book had me in tears and then had me in stitches. I highly recommend this book 5/5 stars.
  • Cathy McLaughlin - 'This is a great book for both girls and boys in the 14+ age group. It covers many relevant topics and should appeal to teenagers.'
  • Stacy Ball, age 25 - 'A heart-breaking story about one girls struggle to move on after the sudden death of her sister and experiencing love for the first time.'
  • Chloe Shortall, age 18 - 'I would definitely recommend this book to young adult readers.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'The story is beautiful and heart-breaking and if you like stories about unconventional families and how awesome they can be then this is the story for you.'


The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

This is a vibrant, deeply romantic and unmissable debut. Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker 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 centre 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, with a nearly magical grin. One boy takes Lennie out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But the two can't collide without Lennie's world exploding...


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Praise for The Sky is Everywhere:

"Okay, I admit it. I've got a huge crush on this book - it's beautiful, brilliant, passionate, funny, sexy and deep. Come to think of it, I might even want to marry this book..." - Sonya Sones.

"WOW. I sobbed my eyes out and then laughed through the tears. I have not fallen in love with a story and its characters like this in a long time. Stunning, heartbreaking, hilarious. A story that shakes the Earth." - An Na, Printz Award Winner and National Book Award Finalist.

"The Sky is Everywhere is the kind of book you don't just read, you live. From the very first page, I fell deeply in love with its wonderfully kooky characters. In quiet moments I can still hear Lennie's funny, poignant voice whispering in my ear. A remarkable debut. Wish I'd written it !" - Sarah Webb, Irish Independent and author of the Amy Green series.

Review of ‘The Sky is Everywhere’ by Books for Keeps [5 stars]

At first sight I thought this was going to be romantic slush: an American tale of teenager Lennie, whose sister has suddenly and tragically died, and how she and her grandmother and uncle react and come to terms with their grief, getting to know each other in the process. However, there is much more to it than I first anticipated. The family has unresolved complexities; Lennie ‘s relationships with boys and other friends become complicated and we are soon enmeshed in a poignant and absorbing story as she begins to sort out what has happened and where her real feelings lie. Reminiscent of Sharon Creech’s Chasing Redbird or Cynthia Voigt’s Homecoming, there is much to ponder here and the treatment of complex and confused emotions, while not entirely realistic, is compelling, and the story lightly told.

The book is bulky and thick, with the dimensions and feel of a notebook and one of those handy elastics to keep it closed and to keep your place, and the text is sprinkled with pages representing the napkins, sweet wrappers and other scraps of paper on which Lennie has written ‘poems’ (her thoughts, more accurately) which she has left here and there, cast to the wind and which become a vital and touching part of the resolution of the story.

About the Author

Jandy Nelson

Jandy Nelson received a BA from Cornell University, an MFA from Brown University 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. I'll give you the Sun is her second novel, following the award winning The Sky is Everywhere, her first novel.

Jandy lives in San Francisco.

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7th June 2010




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