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Parents' Guide to

The Sky Is Everywhere

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Mature read has teen finding her way after her sister dies.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Just wow...!

This is a great book! Halfway through it I didn't know whether to stop reading or continue, because of the lack of morality. But then I realized, grief is a wierd thing, and this book is as realistic as it can be! And when I continued the story became undesirable good!
age 13+

Raw Story of Loss and Life

Great story--definitely worth your time if you're either 13+ or a mature reader. The characters aren't bad examples, they just like to live on the edge (: It mentions smoking, but it's the main character's uncle who's much older.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (9 ):

There are probably too many wacky characters and twists in this plot, but Lennie's authentic voice keeps the story grounded. As she struggles both with losing her sister and falling in love for the first time, her narration remains honest and poetic: "I've always been into the Big bang theory of passion, but as something theoretical... something that I might secretly want bad but can't imagine ever happening to me."

She doesn't always head down the right path (after her sister dies, for example, she hooks up with her grief-stricken boyfriend several times, then doesn't come clean to her new love); even so readers will understand her motivations and find it easy to root for her. The little poems and stories she writes and secretly scatters around her town not only fill in some of the narrative, but they give readers a peek into her sensitive soul.

Book Details

  • Author: Jandy Nelson
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Dial Books
  • Publication date: March 9, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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