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June 2010 Debut of the Month.
This is a debut novel that once read will never be forgotten. It's
a vibrant, deeply romantic novel that will bring tears to your eyes but
it will also bring laughter through the tears! It's also funny, sexy
and deeply meaningful. This is the perfect book to share, between
mothers and daughters, or amongst friends. Whatever your age, The Skiy is Everywhere
will touch your heart and stay with you always. Here at Lovereading we
think it has the potential to be the Lovereading4kids debut book of the
year for it embodies all the necessary magic and quality of the very
A message from the Publisher:
Probably the most beautiful book to be published. A stunning debut
novel that will speak to women everywhere, from teenagers to
thirty-somethings. The story is moving yet funny, the characters are
memorable and engaging, and the book itself is uniquely designed with
full colour throughout with a flexi cover and elastic bookmarker. For
teens this is a story of first love and family life, for older readers
it is a nostalgic celebration of dreams, love and sisterhood.
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
This is a vibrant, deeply romantic and unmissable debut. Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker 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 centre 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, with a nearly magical grin. One boy takes Lennie out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But the two can't collide without Lennie's world exploding...
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Praise for The Sky is Everywhere:
"Okay, I admit it. I've got a huge crush on this book - it's
beautiful, brilliant, passionate, funny, sexy and deep. Come to think
of it, I might even want to marry this book..." - Sonya Sones.
"WOW. I sobbed my eyes out and then laughed through the tears. I
have not fallen in love with a story and its characters like this in a
long time. Stunning, heartbreaking, hilarious. A story that shakes the
Earth." - An Na, Printz Award Winner and National Book Award Finalist.
"The Sky is Everywhere is the kind of book you don't just
read, you live. From the very first page, I fell deeply in love with
its wonderfully kooky characters. In quiet moments I can still hear
Lennie's funny, poignant voice whispering in my ear. A remarkable
debut. Wish I'd written it !" - Sarah Webb, Irish Independent and
author of the Amy Green series.
At first sight I thought this was going to be romantic slush: an
American tale of teenager Lennie, whose sister has suddenly and
tragically died, and how she and her grandmother and uncle react and
come to terms with their grief, getting to know each other in the
process. However, there is much more to it than I first anticipated.
The family has unresolved complexities; Lennie ‘s relationships with
boys and other friends become complicated and we are soon enmeshed in a
poignant and absorbing story as she begins to sort out what has
happened and where her real feelings lie. Reminiscent of Sharon
Creech’s Chasing Redbird or Cynthia Voigt’s Homecoming, there is much
to ponder here and the treatment of complex and confused emotions,
while not entirely realistic, is compelling, and the story lightly told.
The book is bulky and thick, with the dimensions and feel of a
notebook and one of those handy elastics to keep it closed and to keep
your place, and the text is sprinkled with pages representing the
napkins, sweet wrappers and other scraps of paper on which Lennie has
written ‘poems’ (her thoughts, more accurately) which she has left here
and there, cast to the wind and which become a vital and touching part
of the resolution of the story.
About the Author
Jandy Nelson received a BA from Cornell University, an MFA from Brown University 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.
Christopher Priest, novelist, born 1943 in Cheadle, now Greater Manchester. In He was a James Tait Black Memorial Prize winner and is perhaps best known for The Prestige, the film of which was released in 2006. Read books by Christopher Priest