Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Sky Is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson

Barnes & Noble

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.

This remarkable debut is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Francesca Lia Block. 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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There aren't enough ways to say how much I love this book. It's hilarious and heart-breaking and sincere and gut-churning. And I can't get enough of it. I immediately started to re-listen to the audiobook version as soon as it ended. 

Thank goodness I own the ebook and paperback versions; I have a feeling I'll be re-reading this one for years to come.

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