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The Sky Is Everywhere (edition 2011)

by Jandy Nelson

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Title:The Sky Is Everywhere
Authors:Jandy Nelson
Info:Speak (2011), Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:death, family, fiction, first love, friendship, grief, high school, loss, love, love triangle, music, realistic fiction, relationships, romance, sisters, teen, young adult

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The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

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    Anonymous user: While this book isn't about grieving, it certainly is about music/singing. The musicians/singers will love this book.
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The Sky is Everywhere is about Lennie Walker, a 17 year old girl who has just lost her sister Bailey. As she deals with her grief, Lennie meets and falls in love with the new boy in school, Joe Fontaine, a fabulous musician who sweeps her off her feet and helps her forget her sorrow. However, her relationship with Joe is complicated by the strange feelings of attraction she has for her (dead) sister's boyfriend Toby.

And so begins my problem with this novel. I just could not buy into the two main points of the plot: 1) that Lennie could fall madly in love with Joe, who she really doesn't know at all, in just a couple of days time and 2) that Lennie would be attracted (and act on her attraction) to her dead sister's boyfriend. I just found these plot points to be extremely annoying, and I really could not enjoy anything else in the novel. I gave it 2 stars only because I did stay interested enough to finish, but just barely.

To expand on those points, I realize that this is a novel written for teenagers. So as a 33 year old, I am definitely not the target audience. So that could be my problem. However, I have read many, many young adult books that I truly loved. Just not this one. The idea of Lennie "thinking" she is in head over heels in love with this boy Joe who she just met is probably realistic for many teenagers. But the romance in the story had no build up; there was no explanation of how the two characters grew to know each other or how their love blossomed. They just met and then suddenly they were in love, except that Lennie kept making out with her sister's boyfriend Toby as well. Enter annoying plot point number two. And I was just continually annoyed as I turned the pages.

Reading other reviews, many people seemed to connect with these characters and this story. So maybe I am missing something in this book. For me, it didn't feel real and I didn't feel a connection to anyone in the story. Perhaps it was well written as many others have said? I was too annoyed by the story to pay much attention to the writing! ( )
  em0451 | Sep 11, 2014 |
Beautifully written. :) ( )
  margaraawr | Aug 8, 2014 |
Beautifully written. :) ( )
  margaraawr | Aug 8, 2014 |
La literatura actual está llena de libros con hermanas muertas, por eso pensaba que este libro sería una historia como tantas otras que ya había leído y pospuse su lectura un montón de veces. Sin embargo, cuando decidí leerlo, me di cuenta que estaba equivocada, esta historia no se parece a las demás y hasta que no lo terminé, no pude soltarlo.

El cielo está en cualquier lugar es una historia emotiva, pero NO deprimente, una historia para soñar y aprender. Totalmente recomendada. ( )
  Glire | Jul 7, 2014 |
¿Qué clase de mundo es este? ¿Y qué podemos hacer nosotros? ¿Qué hace uno cuando de hecho sucede lo peor que podía suceder? ¿Cuando uno recibe esa llamada? ¿Cuando uno echa tanto de menos la montaña rusa de la voz de su hermana que le entran ganas de destrozar toda la casa con las uñas?

Cuando Bailey, la hermana mayor de Lennie, muere de un infarto a Lennie se le viene el mundo abajo. Bailey era la extrovertida, la feliz, la fuerte, la artista, y Lennie no sabe como vivir sin ser su sombra. Así que cuando se ve obligada a tomar las riendas de su propia vida, mientras aun lucha con el dolor por la perdida de su hermana, las cosas se complican para ella. Sobre todo cuando sus sentimientos se ven encontrados por dos chicos totalmente distintos.

Toby, el exnovio de su hermana, el único que parece entender su dolor.
Joe, el chico nuevo, el que solo conoce a la Lennie post Bailey. El que la hace olvidar.

Pero Lennie tal vez no quiera olvidar...

La gente muere constantemente. Todos los días. A todas horas. Hay familias por todo el mundo mirando camas donde ya no duerme nadie, zapatos que ya nadie se pone. Familias que ya no tienen que comprar un cereal en particular, un tipo de champú. Hay gente por todas partes haciendo cola en los cines, comprando cortinas, paseando perros, mientras que dentro, sus corazones se están haciendo jirones. Durante años. Durante todas sus vidas. No creo que el tiempo cure. No quiero que lo haga. Si yo me curo, ¿no significa eso que he aceptado el mundo sin ella?

Una historia de amor hermosa. Del primer amor. De amores perdidos. De amor por la familia. De amor por la vida. Intercalada con poemas que la hacen aun mas especial.

Definitivamente uno de mis favoritos.


Mi hermana morirá una y otra vez durante todo el resto de mi vida. Esta pena es para siempre. No desaparece; se convierte en parte de ti, paso por paso, aliento por aliento. Jamás dejaré de llorar a Bailey porque jamás dejaré de quererla. Es así, simplemente. El dolor y el amor van unidos, no existe una cosa sin la otra. Lo único que puedo hacer es quererla y querer al mundo, emularla viviendo con valor y ánimo y alegría.
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  Glire | Jul 7, 2014 |
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Gram is worried about me. Its not because my sister Bailey died four weeks ago, or because my mother hasnt contacted me in sixteen years, or even because suddenly all i think about is sex. She is worried about me because one of her houseplants has spots.
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To wake or sleep look
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goodbye just blue sky

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In the months after her sister dies, seventeen-year-old Lennie falls into a love triangle and discovers the strength to follow her dream of becoming a musician.

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