Jandy Nelson, like her characters in I'll Give you the Sun, comes from a superstitious lot. She was tutored from a young age in the art of the four-leaf clover hunt; she knocks wood, throws salt, and carries charms in her pockets. Her debut novel, The Sky Is Everywhere, was on multiple Best Books of the Year lists, was a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, earned numerous starred reviews, has been translated widely, and continues to enjoy great international success. Jandy has a BA from Cornell, an MFA in poetry from Brown, and another MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Currently a full-time writer, Jandy lives and writes in San Francisco, California--not far from the settings of The Sky Is Everywhere and I'll Give You the Sun.
Gr 10 Up-When her older sister dies from an arrhythmia, 17-year-old Lennie finds that people are awkward around her, including her best friend. While dealing with her conflicted feelings toward her sister's boyfriend, her anguish over Bailey's unexpected death, and her sudden curiosity about sex, Lennie must also cope with her unresolved feelings about her mother, who left when Lennie was an infant. Debut author Nelson expertly and movingly chronicles the myriad, roller-coaster emotions that follow a tragedy, including Lennie's reluctance to box up her sister's belongings and her guilt over bursts of happiness. The portrayal of the teen's state of mind is believable, as are the romanticizing of her absent mother and the brief scenes of underage drinking and sexual exploration. Chapters are typically anchored by brief snippets of Lennie's writings. This is a heartfelt and appealing tale. Girls who gobble up romantic and/or weep-over fiction will undoubtedly flock to this realistic, sometimes funny, and heartbreaking story.-Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton, VA Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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. (Mar.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
"Nelson's first novel is tender, romantic, and loaded with passion."--The Horn Book
"The author brilliantly navigates Lennie's course between despair and hope, sorrow and humor... a gripping love triangle."--Shelf Awareness "In this amazing tale of love and loss, Nelson introduces a cast of characters who make the reader laugh and cry."--NPR's The Roundtable "Nearly everyone who's staggering through life in the wake of a loved one's death will recognize themselves in this brilliant, piercing story."--The Denver Post * "This is distinguished by the dreamy California setting and poetic images that will draw readers into Lennie's world..."--Publishers Weekly, starred review "A joy to read. You'll remember [it] long after you've turned the last page."--The Romantic Times * "It's romantic without being gooey and tear-jerking without being campy--what more could a reader want?"--BCCB, starred review * "This is a passionate, vulnerable, wonderfully complete and irresistible book."--VOYA, starred review "[Nelson] writes with abandon... it's a headlong kind of book, preferably devoured at a single setting."--Los Angeles Times "Brimming with humor and life, full of music and the poems Lennie drops all over town, The Sky is Everywhere explores betrayal and forgiveness through a vibrant cast of characters."--SLJ "Those who think young adult books can't be as literary, rich, and mature as their adult counterparts will be disabused of that notion after reading The Sky is Everywhere... A finely-drawn portrait of grief and first love."--The Daily Beast "A story of love, loss, and healing that will resonate with readers long after they've finished reading."--Booklist "A story about love and loss... both heartfelt and literary."--Kirkus Reviews "Sky is both a profound meditation on loss and grieving and an exhilarating and very sexy romance. The book deserves multiple readings simply to savor Nelson's luscious language..."--NPR (chosen by Gayle Forman as one of the top five teen reads of 2010) "How grief and love run side by side is sensitively and intensely explored in this energetic, poetic, and warm-blooded novel."--The Guardian "An addictive, romantic, heartbreaking, and wise tale of one girl's epic loss--and equally epic self-discovery. Seriously, stop reading this blurb; start reading this book!"--Gayle Forman, author of the New York Times Bestseller If I Stay "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, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award and National Book Award Finalist "Okay, I admit it. I have 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, author of What My Mother Doesn't Know "Full of heart, quirky charm, and beautiful writing, The Sky Is Everywhere simply shines."--Deb Caletti, National Book Award Finalist and author of The Secret Life of Prince Charming "Jandy Nelson's story of grief somehow manages to be an enchantment, a celebration, a romance--without forsaking the rock-hard truths of loss."--Sara Zarr, National Book Award Finalist and author of Story of a Girl and Sweethearts "The Sky Is Everywhere evokes the intensity of desire and agony of heartache with breathtaking clarity. This beautifully written story will leave an indelible impression upon your soul."--Susane Colasanti, author of When It Happens A Publishers Weekly Flying Start Title A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee A Junior Library Guild Selection Translated into seventeen different languages