The Sky Is Everywhere

By Jandy Nelson

New edition of the bestselling YA classic about first love and first grief. For fans of Jojo Moyes, Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan.

New York Times bestselling author Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal “Entirely compelling.” The Guardian “Heartwarming.” The Independent "Addictive, romantic, heartbreaking." Gayle Forman Jandy Nelson’s unforgettable debut novel is a tender and passionate story of first love and first grief. Adrift after her sister Bailey's sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby – Bailey's boyfriend who shares her grief – and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs ... though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 14+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781529525618
  • Published: 04 Jul 2024
  • Price: £8.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 320

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Customer reviews


'It is written with such a powerful, genuine voice that cuts to the heart of all of these issues that all of us, at one time or another, have struggled with [...] The Sky Is Everywhere is simply magnificent.' Fallen Star Stories Blog

'A magical tale about grief, love and redemption, this is the kind of book you don’t just read, you live. In quiet moments I still hear Lennie’s voice whispering in my ear. Highly recommended.' Children's Books Ireland - Mind Yourself

'A haunting and uplifting novel about bereavement and living again.' The Bookseller

'Entirely compelling ... delightful.' Guardian

'Heart-warming' Independent

'You will find yoursefl flying through all of the emotions, feeling that you know these vibrant characters.' Venue - Bath and Bristol

'In all, The Sky is Everywhere is a riveting and an emotional read that will have you hooked from start to finish. If there’s one book you need to read this year, pick this one.' Book Passion for Life

'Jandy Nelson has cast the intensity of first love together with the intensity of grief to produce a novel that is unusually rich with both insight and breathless romance. She writes with abandon, setting her characters free to live their excesses, such as the hippie gardener whose flowers have magical properties, the best friend with a penchant for crazy animal metaphors and the inarticulate skateboarder whose pain finds only sexual expression. It’s a headlong sort of book, preferably devoured at a single sitting.' Los Angeles Times

'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 . . . First-time author and literary agent Jandy Nelson has created a finely-drawn portrait of grief and first love, with vivid characters and melodic prose.' The Daily Beast

'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 five top teen reads of 2010)

'Nelson documents Lennie’s stumbling negotiation of her emotional maelstrom with delicacy and shimmering clarity, writing with sorrowful, consoling tenderness of the journey through various stages of bereavement . . . The characterization is clear-eyed and evocative . . . It’s romantic without being gooey and tear-jerking without being campy—what more could a reader want?' BCCB, Starred Review (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

'From the opening paragraph, the author brilliantly navigates Lennie’s course between despair and hope, sorrow and humor . . . Debut novelist Jandy Nelson possesses a rare gift for language and a finely tuned ear . . . a suspenseful and 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 and want to know these people in real life. It’s a wonderful book.' NPR’s The Roundtable

'Buoyantly written and brimming with humor and life as it plumbs the depths and ambiguities of grief, 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.' School Library Journal

'An intimate story about coping with loss, Nelson’s first novel is tender, romantic, and loaded with passion.' Horn Book

'This honest, complex debut is distinguished by a dreamy California setting and poetic images that will draw readers into Lennie’s world . . .' Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

'Extremely difficult to put down. Teenagers of any age should fall in love with the book’s charm, intensity, humor and poignancy.' VOYA, Starred Review

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

'A story of love, loss, and healing that will resonate with readers long after they have finished reading.' Booklist

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