When Lennie's sister dies unexpectedly, she is left dealing with not only her grief but the way everyone around her has become awkward and distant, all while going through the trying experience of growing up. Realistic and heartbreaking but balanced well with humor, music and romance-- a true gem. — Paige Mushaw
Spring 2010 Kids' Next List
“Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker is heartbroken over her sister's death, and her incredible grief will touch anyone who picks up The Sky is Everywhere. However, Jandy Nelson succeeds in making this heart-wrenching tale uplifting and humorous through her great characters. You'll watch Lennie grow up, as well as out of the shadow her sister left behind, and you'll enjoy this novel every step of the way.”
— Nikole Bonacorsi, The River's End Bookstore, Oswego, NY
Lennie plays second clarinet in the school orchestra and has always happily been second fiddle to her charismatic older sister, Bailey. Then Bailey dies suddenly, and Lennie is left at sea without her anchor. Overcome by emotion, Lennie soon finds herself torn between two boys: Bailey's boyfriend, Toby, and Joe, the charming and musically gifted new boy in town. While Toby can't see her without seeing Bailey and Joe sees her only for herself, each offers Lennie something she desperately needs. But ultimately, it's up to Lennie to find her own way toward what she really needs-without Bailey. A remarkable debut novel perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Francesca Lia Block.