The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson


Lennie has always lived in the shadow of her older sister, the beautiful and lively Bailey. When Bailey dies suddenly aged 19, Lennie is devastated. Not only does she miss her sister, but she loses sight of who she is. As she struggles to find her place in a world without Bailey, she faces the attention of two boys. In Toby she finds comfort for her grief: he understands and shares her suffering. In Joe there is the promise of the future, of laughter and love. Love and laughter seem the obvious choice and yet there is something addicitve about needing comfort in your time of sorrow.

This is a book about coping with sorrow and loss, about finding love and about discovering who you are. There are a number of sub plots that make the story more interesting and enjoyable: Lennie’s unorthodox home life, Joe’s musical talent, the secrets that Bailey was holding. Together the main plot and the sub plots make a hugely enjoyable, thought provoking and emotional read.

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