The Sky is Everywhere

  • by Jandy Nelson
  • Narrated by Julia Whelan
  • 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
Just as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, Lennie’s struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable.


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A Wonderful Book!

This is an amazing story...a beautifully-written tale of one young woman's jouney through loss and grief and out the other side to the path of her own life. I loved the main character John "Lennie" Lennon. Her friends and quirky family are awesome characters. The narration by Julia Whelan perfectly captures the heart, emotions, and attitude of Lennie and all the other characters. A story that is heart-breaking, heart-warming, with touches of poignant humor all at the same time...completely moving. Not to be missed!
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- Arwen "I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)"


The first word that comes to mind after I finished listening to this book is: WOW.

This book was recommended to me last year by a friend. She did warn me beforehand that it was sad, so I did have a bit of an idea of what I was getting myself into???

So being the person I am, I purchased a copy of the book when it was on sale, and put it on my shelf to read at a later date. Time passed and I had to use up some of my credits on so I bought a audio copy of it as well.

Fast forward another year or so after that and I find myself sitting at work sick of the music I have on my iPod so I switch over to books. This is the one I chose to listen to.

From the first ten minutes of listening I was hooked. In tears, but hooked. I understand Lennie more now, being on the other end of loss then I think I would have before. Her heart break at losing her sister, the anger and the pain she feels.

I understand Lennie's feelings of need. Of the desire for human contact. For her endless feelings of betrayal towards her sister.

It's very real to me.

In a lot of ways she is me.

I heard the words from this book and they echoed with what I was feeling, and how I felt for those months after I was left behind too. How I desperately needed an outlet and sometimes the written word was all I had because the spoken words wouldn't come out of my mouth. Some parts of the book took that hole in my heart and seemed to rip it open again and it's like the last 3 years vanish and the sad is all new again. But while it opened a lot of heartache, it also helped heal over some too. The climax and resolution of the story were so beautifully crafted, then in some ways there were those "ah ha" moments reminding me to think of others because my grief is no more or less then theirs and everyone has lost out. Don't forget the others.

I truly loved this book. I would recommend it to others who would enjoy a good teen romance with a lot of sad mixed in??? or perhaps it???s more of a walk through grief with a little teen romance mixed in. Either way you look at it The Sky Is Everywhere was just a good book.

Just a warning, there is quite a bit of language (meaning the BIG F word) throughout the book, but honestly its probably a lot less then what some of us hear on a daily basis.

???grief is a house
where the chairs
have forgotten how to hold us
the mirrors how to reflect us
the walls how to contain us

grief is a house that disappears
each time someone knocks at the door
or rings the bell
a house that blows into the air
at the slightest gust
that buries itself deep in the ground
while everyone is sleeping

grief is a house where no on can protect you
where the younger sister
will grow older than the older one
where the doors
no longer let you in
or out???
??? Jandy Nelson
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- Pilot Chase

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-09-2010
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio