The Sky Is Everywhere (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/3/22
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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 and hilarious journey of profound sorrow and mad love, as she makes colossal mistakes and colossal discoveries, as she traipses through band rooms and forest bedrooms and ultimately right into your heart.
As much a celebration of love as a poignant portrait of loss, Lennie's struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often uproarious, and absolutely unforgettable.
"Nelson's first novel is tender, romantic, and loaded with passion."—The Horn Book
"The author brilliantly navigates Lennie's course between despair and hope, sorrow and humor... a gripping love triangle."—Shelf Awareness
"In this amazing tale of love and loss, Nelson introduces a cast of characters who make the reader laugh and cry."—NPR's The Roundtable
"Nearly everyone who's staggering through life in the wake of a loved one's death will recognize themselves in this brilliant, piercing story."—The Denver Post
* "This is distinguished by the dreamy California setting and poetic images that will draw readers into Lennie's world..."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A joy to read. You'll remember [it] long after you've turned the last page."—The Romantic Times
* "It's romantic without being gooey and tear-jerking without being campy—what more could a reader want?"—BCCB, starred review
* "This is a passionate, vulnerable, wonderfully complete and irresistible book."—VOYA, starred review
"[Nelson] writes with abandon... it's a headlong kind of book, preferably devoured at a single setting."—Los Angeles Times
"Brimming with humor and life, full of music and the poems Lennie drops all over town, The Sky is Everywhere explores betrayal and forgiveness through a vibrant cast of characters."—SLJ
"Those who think young adult books can't be as literary, rich, and mature as their adult counterparts will be disabused of that notion after reading The Sky is Everywhere... A finely-drawn portrait of grief and first love."—The Daily Beast
"A story of love, loss, and healing that will resonate with readers long after they've finished reading."—Booklist
"A story about love and loss... both heartfelt and literary."—Kirkus Reviews
"Sky is both a profound meditation on loss and grieving and an exhilarating and very sexy romance. The book deserves multiple readings simply to savor Nelson's luscious language..."—NPR (chosen by Gayle Forman as one of the top five teen reads of 2010)
"How grief and love run side by side is sensitively and intensely explored in this energetic, poetic, and warm-blooded novel."—The Guardian
"An addictive, romantic, heartbreaking, and wise tale of one girl's epic loss—and equally epic self-discovery. Seriously, stop reading this blurb; start reading this book!"—Gayle Forman, author of the New York Times Bestseller If I Stay
"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, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award and National Book Award Finalist
"Okay, I admit it. I have 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, author of What My Mother Doesn't Know
"Full of heart, quirky charm, and beautiful writing, The Sky Is Everywhere simply shines."—Deb Caletti, National Book Award Finalist and author of The Secret Life of Prince Charming
"Jandy Nelson's story of grief somehow manages to be an enchantment, a celebration, a romance—without forsaking the rock-hard truths of loss."—Sara Zarr, National Book Award Finalist and author of Story of a Girl and Sweethearts
"The Sky Is Everywhere evokes the intensity of desire and agony of heartache with breathtaking clarity. This beautifully written story will leave an indelible impression upon your soul."—Susane Colasanti, author of When It Happens
A Publishers Weekly Flying Start Title
A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Translated into seventeen different languages
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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 loved how the book was filled with these and underneath it would say where they were found.
Lennie doesn't want to get rid of anything of Bailey's. She even keeps her dirty clothes in the hamper. Lennie is also having a strange attachment to Bailey's boyfriend, Toby. She learns secrets about Bailey that she couldn't image. The secrets hurt her because she thought they were the best of friends. They lived in the same room together and were very close. Then things start getting out of control with Toby. They are both looking for an outlet from the pain. At least one day that all settles itself because it almost cost her Joe. Almost cost her sanity.
Joe is the new boy at school. He is beautiful and has beautiful brothers and everyone wants to be with them. But Lennie and Joe have something different. They play music together, they found each other in the music class. But, can Lennie let everything go enough to find love with Joe? I'm guessing you need to read the book to find out the whole story, but there is always a way . . .
I really enjoyed this book. It's about love and loss. It's about family and the people you meet. It's crazy and awesome. It's sad, not only because of the loss, but because Lennie and Bailey never knew their mother or their fathers. There are some revelations. There are tears of sadness and tears of joy. I'm glad I went on this journey with the characters in this book. It was magical in it's own way.
Quick Reasons: poetic, melodic, gorgeous prose; this novel tackles grief--and how differently everybody handles it--with aplomb; I admit, my heart might be just a little bit broken--but also taped back together; realistic, beautifully flawed characters; lots of great moral stuff going on throughout
Okay, okay, you can all get off my back--I finally did it. I FINALLY picked up--and read!--a Jandy Nelson novel. Aren't you proud of me? Huh, huh, aren't you?! Because you should be.
---Years ago, I was crashed in Gram's garden and Big asked me what I was doing. I told him I was looking up at the sky. He said, "That's a misconception, Lennie, the sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet."---
Now...I'm not going to say this was the most ground-shattering thing I've ever read, because let's be honest: it wasn't. There are, admittedly, many more grammatical issues than I expected--I mean, everybody raves and rants about this author, I figured I was stepping into something rather close to perfect. Except...there are mistakes. Quite a good number of them, which I of course paid attention to--in the midst of such poetic, gorgeously lyrical prose, it's hard NOT to notice when a mistake stutters into the mists of your reading. And each time, I had to stop, backtrack to the start of the sentence, and read it over again--just to make SURE the mistake existed. Sadly, this took a bit of the magic out of this book for me.
---But what if I'm a shell-less turtle now, demented and devastated in equal measure, an unfreakingbelievable mess of a girl, who wants to turn the air into colors with her clarinet, and what if somewhere inside I prefer this?---
BUT! This book? Really tackled grief, and the many different ways people handle it, with aplomb. The lyrical, musical quality of the prose only helped to bring atmosphere and mood to the story. The journey the characters are on--toward acceptance, toward each other--is beautifully rendered. There were several moments I had to stop and just THINK about what I'd read; moments I wanted so badly to step into this world, take the characters in my hands, and tell them everything would be okay; SO many moments I wanted nothing more than to shake sense into them. Of course, they're book characters--this isn't a possible thing to do. The desire was there, though, and so so strong.
These characters are beautifully flawed, and in the midst of a journey that nobody should have to handle...and yet everybody, at some point in their lives, DOES have to. Jandy Nelson took one of the most heart-shattering situations in the world...and made it relatable, made it beautiful, made it a lesson--not just for readers who've gone through, or are currently facing, such difficult times, but for everybody. There are morals to be learned in this read that are important, guys--perhaps not life-altering, but SO important in their own quiet, subtle way.
---You'd think for all the reading I do, I would have thought about this before, but I haven't. I've never once thought about the interpretative, the storytelling aspect of life, of my life. I always felt like I was in a story, yes, but not like I was the author of it, or like I had any say in its telling whatsoever.
You can tell your story any way you damn well please.
It's your solo.---
So no, this isn't the most heartbreaking thing I've ever read...but it's heartbreaking all the same, in a more subtle, poisonous way. The morals are so important, pertaining to grief, how okay it is to handle it in any way you need to--and pertaining to, if not necessarily moving on after a tragedy, at least figuring out how to pick up the pieces and, perhaps, find yourself in the process. Lennie's journey is one I think all readers can relate to...and need to read. I definitely recommend to lovers of contemporaries, romances, and novels with a wider-arcing purpose. This is one read I'm glad I didn't pass up.
It takes place in “nothern Northern California” (she actually says that), and I’m from Siskiyou County (basically as far north in California as you can get; people forget about us). I’m not sure where exactly this book takes place, if anywhere in particular (the town the book takes place in is fictional), but the eccentric people and the forest-y feel to the story made me really happy. I actually wrote Jandy Nelson to ask if she had any particular place in mind, but I’m not sure if I’ll get an answer any time soon, with her new book coming out in two weeks and whatnot. Ok I’m rambling.
Grief happens. And it’s confusing. Everyone grieves in their own way. And that was very real in this book.
Her stoner uncle, Big, was hilarious.
She’s a band geek and a bookworm. Her favorite book is Wuthering Heights and she actually uses that as a foundation of her romantic knowledge and that’s adorable. I love it.
The notes at the beginnings and ends of chapters.
I think I got butterflies when I was reading about her kisses with Joe? It was just too cute.
This book made me really, really happy. Even with the underlying sadness in the plot, it made me so happy.
The hotel room in the middle of the forest. I want to go there. I wonder if that’s a real thing? I hope it is. If I ever get a reply from the author, I’m asking her.
I wish there had been more about Big.
Lennie’s friend was kind of a twat.
What is walk-reading? Or read-walking?
It gave me feels. Feels are gross.
If every YA book that I read from now on made me feel like this book made me feel, I think I would only ever read YA. This book was adorable. It was sad, it was funny, it was so amazingly raw and heartfelt. And it was real. The characters were so real. They could have been me or my sisters or my friends or anyone. And I love that. I think I recently said that about another book, but really, relatable characters just make me so… satisfied? I don’t know. Anyway. This book was really great, and I’m thrilled that she keeps releasing stuff. If you haven’t read this book yet and you’re into YA, read it. Seriously, you won’t regret it.
The Sky is Everywhere, literally. I cannot stop thinking about this phrase. Mainly because I have always pondered it. Where does the sky truly begin? Ms. Nelson has the answer, at your feet. Think about this for a while. When you say your dead loved ones are in the sky does that mean they are walking along side you, watching out for you, living your life with you? This whole book convinces me of that.
I love Lennon. I love Bailey. I love that they are so close even in death. Dreams change, people change, this book highlights that perfectly.
2 halves of one heart trying to fix what is broken. One heart becoming full again. Read it give it a chance it's not just some love triangle. Think deeper about what is happening.
Lennie Walker is mourning the death of her older, more outgoing, dynamic sister. Always content to be Bailey's sidekick, she now must navigate her life alone. She's also dealing with complex feelings for the mother who abandoned her at age one and her custodial grandmother's reluctance to talk about it. For the first time, boys are noticing her, most notably Bailey's sad, lost boyfriend Toby and new, adorable guy Joe. She identifies with Toby's depression and grief, while Joe brings a new vivacity for moving forward. Can she manage two opposites or will their worlds collide?
Lennie is a fresh, unique, not always likable narrator. Her pain is raw and real, the way she deals with her sadness is to write poetry and withdraw from family and friends, even when she saw the hurt she caused. She was multi-layered and achieved some emotional growth. Her potential love interests were less developed, although the grandmother had some depth. The characters were the strongest part of this novel.
I had such high expectations for THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE, based on mostly glowing reviews. The plot, or lack of plot was a big let down. I didn't feel like Lennie let me in enough to view the book as a character study. I literally had to force myself to keep reading. The ending was the biggest disappointment, so many unanswered questions, questions that may have been in a box Lennie looked through but didn't share with readers. What's up with that?
Based on so many positive reviews, an audience for THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE exists, and Jandry Nelson certainly knows how to create unique, interesting characters. Readers who like character driven stories and who don't mind unanswered questions will enjoy this read.
Themes: grief, first loves, abandonment, sisters, unconventional families, poetry, and music.