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The Sky Is Everywhereby Jandy Nelson
The Sky Is Everywhere is pretty intense — dealing with grief and a crazy first love — but it's full of real characters (meaning not that there are, like, real people in it, but that the characters are really wacky and unique) and it's honest, well written, and unexpectedly moving. I expect people will make the inevitable comparisons to Sarah Dessen, but I think this book goes into way more emotional depth than Dessen typically does. (No disrespect to Dessen fans; I'm one myself.) I really liked this book. I might have even stayed up till the wee hours to finish it.
Synopses & Reviews
**A Publishers Weekly Best Book of Summer 2014**
**A Summer 2014 Indie Next List Pick**
**A 2014 Junior Library Guild Selection**
**A Los Angeles Times Summer Reading Guide Selection**
**An Entertainment Weekly YA Novel to Watch Out For**
Fate brought them together. Will life tear them apart?
Devorah is a consummate good girl who has never challenged the ways of her strict Hasidic upbringing.
Jaxon is a fun-loving, book-smart nerd who has never been comfortable around girls (unless you count his four younger sisters).
They've spent their entire lives in Brooklyn, on opposite sides of the same street. Their paths never crossed . . . until one day, they did.
When a hurricane strikes the Northeast, the pair becomes stranded in an elevator together, where fate leaves them no choice but to make an otherwise risky connection.
Though their relation is strictly forbidden, Devorah and Jax arrange secret meetings and risk everything to be together. But how far can they go? Just how much are they willing to give up?
In the timeless tradition of West Side Story and Crossing Delancey, this thoroughly modern take on romance will inspire laughter, tears, and the belief that love can happen when and where you least expect it.
"When Lennie's older sister dies suddenly, she is devastated, but she also starts realizing she no longer has to be the 'companion pony' to the 'thoroughbred' that was her dazzling sister. Living her own life proves difficult, however, both because it 'doesn't seem right that anything good should come out of Bailey's death' and because of complications that arise when she falls in love with a talented musician in the school band. This honest, complex debut is distinguished by a dreamy California setting and poetic images that will draw readers into Lennie's world, particularly in the notes Lennie writes about life with her sister on bits of paper and even trees ('I button one of her frilly shirts/ over my own T-shirt./ ....I always feel better then,/ like she's holding me'). The author perhaps creates a few too many vibrant characters and plot points (Lennie also searches for her missing mom and discovers secrets Bailey was hiding). Even so, readers will be moved by Lennie's ability to admit to even some of her most unpleasant feelings and motivations, and her growing willingness to live 'full blast.' Ages 14 — up. Two picture books explore one of the most famous sequences of numbers. (No, not the ones on Lost.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Lennie Walker, a 17-year-old bookworm and band geek, spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey suddenly dies, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life.
Stereotypes, sexuality, and destructive rumors collide in this smart YA novel for fans of Sara Zarrs Story of a Girl, Siobhan Vivians The List, and E. Lockharts The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.
When Rebecca Rivers lands the lead in her schools production of The Crucible, she gets to change roles in real life, too. She casts off her old reputation, grows close with her four rowdy cast-mates, and kisses the extremely handsome Charlie Lamb onstage. Even Mr. McFadden, the plays critical director, can find no fault with Rebecca.
Though The Essential Five” vow never to date each other, Rebecca cant help her feelings for Charlie, leaving her both conflicted and lovestruck. But the on and off-stage drama of the cast is eclipsed by a life-altering accusation that threatens to destroy everything even if some of it is just make believe.
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.
About the Author
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.
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