The Sky is Everywhere

By Jandy Nelson


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.

Year of Publication


A haunting and uplifting novel about bereavement and living again - The Bookseller

This beautifully written and unforgettable tale of highs, lows, laughter and tears is as funny as it is moving. - The East Anglian Daily Times

Compelling and heart-warming debut about love, loss and growing up, centring on Lennie Walker, who tries to come to terms with the sudden loss of her sister while falling in love at the same time. - The Independent on Sunday

Engaging and thoughtful debut novel. - School Librarian

Within these pages lies a marvelous mixture of fantastic euphoria and desperate sadness... a very special book. - Carousel

It's the book of the year so far. For me this book is perfection- I genuinely have nothing bad to say. If you read one book this year make it The Sky Is Everywhere. -

A beautifully written tale about grief, joy, loss, love and all the things that make growing up so confusing and wonderful. It is one of the most emotionally charged books I will read this year... I recommend it unreservedly. - Teen Librarian Monthly

Sad, beautiful, shocking, and understandable... I know I'll be thinking about this book for days. I can't get this story out of my head. -

Even thinking about this book makes me want to dissolve into a puddle of heartbreaking sadness and heart soaring love. I want to find the woman who wrote this book and envelope her in a giant hug. I can't adequately describe how Nelson has managed to put such overwhelming and life shattering grief into words. The Sky is Everywhere was utterly absorbing, so richly developed and full of emotion... I expected good things from Jandy Nelson, and instead I got greatness. -

I LOVE this book, couldn't stop reading it! 5/5 -

Just might be your new fave book... Really unique - Compelling and heart-warming. - The Independent

Filled with wacky characters, this book about death sparkles with humor and love of life. A life-affirming read. - The Glasgow Herald

This beautifully written and unforgettable tale of highs, lows, laughter and tears is as funny as it is moving. - The Leader

An uplifting and vibrant debut - Daily Post Wales

How grief and love run side by side is sensitively and intensely explored in this energetic, poetic and warm-blooded novel - The Guardian

Beautifully written and as funny as it is moving. - Norwich Evening News

This is the book that I'd recommend to teenagers first this year, and frankly, to adults too. However haunting, it is also uplifting. A gorgeous read that blew me away. What a treat. - Waterstones Books Quarterly

Entirely compelling - delightful - The Guardian

This is my favourite kind of book, the kind of book you don't just read, you live. - INIS

One of the most beautifully devastating books we've read all year. It made us cry more than The Notebook. - Stellar

Author Biography

Jandy Nelson can't seem to stay out of education; she 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. She lives in San Francisco, where she, much like Lennie, divides her time between her proper tree and running loose through the park. Jandy is a literary agent, a published poet, and a devout romantic. She's madly in love with California, how it teeters on the edge of the continent. The Sky Is Everywhere is her first novel.