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.
I have a funny story about The Sky Is Everywhere. I went to the LA Times Festival of Books with my hard copy of If I Stay for Gayle Forman to sign. Sitting next to Gayle Forman at the signing table was Jandy Nelson, signing The Sky is Everywhere. As Gayle signed by book, she started singing the praises of Jandy's book, encouraging me to check it out. And I had seen it around and wanted to read it, but I had this backpack with me FULL of about 17 or 18 books (mostly hardcover) that I was planning on getting signed, so the thought of adding another book to my backbreaking load made me want to cry. But I made a promise to check it out later.
Well, later came. And let me tell you, I have never in my life fallen so hard for a book. Never. I have never been so enamored with a story by the second paragraph. I have never wanted to fold myself up in the pages of a book and sleep there. I have never in my life closed a book and felt compelled to immediately send an e-mail to the author telling her how much I cherished each and every word and how much of a jerk I feel for not picking up a copy and getting it signed when I had the chance. (Ugh. JessFail.)
This book will MOVE you. It will make you FEEL. And it will want to make you lick up every one of Jandy Nelson's gorgeous words. And these characters. OH, these characters! You guys have to meet Lennie. You have to meet Gram and Aunt Gooch*. You HAVE TO meet the incomparable Joe Fontane. These characters will feel like old friends, and you won't be able to imagine a time when they weren't in your life.
I never feel like I do a good job of talking about books I adored. In my head is just this "!!!!!!!!!!" and trying to get that into words is difficult. So I've decided I'm just going to give away a copy and let one of you feel the love for yourself.
I was very inspired by a post over on Casey McCormick's blog**. Casey loved this book so much that she decided to host a Give It Forward giveaway, and now I'm going to do the same.
This is how it works.
I'm going to order a brand new hardcover of The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson for one lucky winner. (Unless you really want the paperback...I can pre-order it for you.)*** Enter using the form below.
BUT if you win this book, you must be willing to host a similar contest on your own blog, where you purchase a new copy of this book for the winner within two weeks from receiving the book from me. Then that winner will host the same giveaway and so on. The point of this giveaway is not a book swap, it is to create a series of PURCHASES of this fantastic book to support the author and get the word out. The only out here is if you really don't like the book...in that case, give away the copy you got from me, but please keep the chain of Give It Forward giveaways going! (I hope I explained this ok...check out the rules on Casey's blog if you are confused.)
Ok, so the rules:
* You must have a blog where you can promote this giveaway
*You must be willing to host this giveaway on your blog if you win my copy, which means you purchase a copy of this book for your winner and require your winner to do the same (unless you didn't love it, you can give away the copy you won), preferably within two weeks of receipt of the book
*Link your giveaway on the widget on Casey's page so she can track this CHAIN OF AWESOME
*Because this giveaway is about spreading the word about this fantastic book, spreading the word will get you extra entires. General internet love of Jandy Nelson will also get you extra entries
*This contest will be open through March 2nd at midnight PST. I'll announce the winner on March 3rd
If you have read and loved this book and don't want to enter the giveaway, but still want to spread the word, host your own Give It Forward giveaway and link it over on Casey's widget.
I realize that this chain of giving it forward can't last forever. But it will be amazing to see the love for a beautiful book spread for as long as possible. I hope you guys want to join in on this.
**Casey has an amazing blog that everyone who will be looking for an agent any time soon needs to be reading. Even if you aren't interested in the giveaway, go check out her blog right now!
***International people, I'll order from BookDepository for you, so as long as you live somewhere BookDepository ships, you are eligible to win