Reviews for Sky Is Everywhere
AudioFile Reviews 2010 April
Seventeen-year-old Lennie has always lurked in the shadows. She's happy playing music and reading WUTHERING HEIGHTS while her older sister, Bailey, shines on stage and off. When Bailey dies suddenly, Lennie thinks she should be grieving but instead finds herself torn between two boyfriends and a profusion of inappropriate responses. Julia Whelan's myriad tones and perfect pacing portray Lennie's rollercoaster feelings. Whelan plays up Lennie's dramatic reactions and contrasts them with her quieter thoughts. Overall, Whelan's narration captures a complex young woman who is following a unique and difficult path as she struggles with loss and makes peace with her conflicts. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #4
Seventeen-year-old Lennie (she was named after John Lennon), a gifted but unconfident clarinetist and secret poet, is utterly bereft when her vivacious, charismatic older sister, Bailey, dies suddenly. Gradually, she comes to realize that she's just as much a star as Bailey was; that she is sleepwalking through her own life and needs to wake up. In the end-after a few tortuous detours-true love does the trick. This impressive debut novel is simultaneously a very contemporary YA romance and an iconic fairy-tale retelling; narrator Whelan conveys both aspects in her flawless performance of Lennie's loaded-with-passion first-person narrative. Teen listeners looking for a novel that speaks to both head and heart will be entranced. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.