Seventeen-year-old Lennie is experiencing the loss of her sister and the kind of emotions that would be extremely difficult to put into words, but somehow author Jandy Nelson does just that. Through lyrical language and moving images, The Sky is Everywhere takes the reader on a journey with Lennie as she begins to grow up and out of her older sister's shadow. Lennie's stuck in an awkward place as her sister's boyfriend is one of the only people who really understands her grief, but she's starting to have feelings for him and is plagued with guilt. At the same time, she's also attracted to a new boy at school who takes her out of her sadness with his contagious smile and his passion for life. A quirky cast of characters rounds out this story of life, loss, and finding your true self.
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