ARE YOU THERE, JANDY? it's me, Tahereh

Dear Jandy,

If you're out there, I hope you can hear me. 

If you're out there, I hope you get this. 
If you're out there, I need you to know I think you're brilliant. 

I read your book three days ago and I haven't stopped thinking about it. I can't get your words out of my head, I can't stop thinking about Gram, I can't wash the scent of lilacs from my skin and to be honest I don't really want to. What I want to do is run through the rain and meet Lennie for only a moment. I want to tell her she's imperfectly incredible. I want to tell her I wish we were friends, that I wish I knew her, that we can be sisters because I don't have a sister either. I want to tell her that everything is going to be okay, that Bailey is gone but death doesn't mean eternal unhappiness. I want to sit in her tree and listen to her play the clarinet and I want to punch Rachel in the nose. I want to eat ash with Big, I want to see Joe bat those lovely eyelashes and I want to hear him play guitar with John Lennon.

I want to smell Gram's roses for real.

I'm aching to sit in The Sanctum and lock myself in a closet with Lennie. I want to be the friend Sarah couldn't really be for her, I want to help Toby heal, I want to find my way to the bedroom in the middle of the forest and I want to paint my house orange. 

I want to drink-in the stars you poured down from the sky.

I think your words are incredible. I thought your story was painfully beautiful. I laughed out loud and held back tears and swallowed the tangible emotions tumbling through your prose. I wanted to catch the words as they fell from your book. I wondered forever what it'd be like to vacuum up the horizon.

But after I finished the story I held it in my hands and wondered why I was so emotional and I realized then, I realized in that moment that I'd never again experience the thrill of meeting Lennie and Gram and Joe Fontaine and Big with his squirrel mustache for the first time and it broke my heart. I wanted to hide in Gram's pocket, I wanted to camp-out in the attic, I wanted to be the kind of human-being made entirely of letters, the kind of human-being crafted from words that would fit in the margins of your book. 

Mostly, I wanted to say thank you.

Thank you for reminding me that one sentence can be just as beautiful as Joe's smile. Thank you for taking my breath away with the kind of love I haven't seen in so long, with the kind of ache I still feel in the pit of my stomach, with the kind of family so real I could reach out and touch them, each of them, hug them right around the middle.

Thank you for reminding me why writers are so important.

THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE broke my heart and stitched it back together with guitar strings.

You are incredible in so many ways.





i am so ridiculously in love with this book it's kind of embarrassing.
no, wait. it's REALLY embarrassing. it's so embarrassing that i don't even know how to properly articulate how much i love this book. i just really think you should read it. i think you should read about the kind of love and loss that dares you to catch your breath and swallow back the butterflies that feel far too real for fiction. i think you should savor the rich delight of Jandy Nelson's prose.

and i really, really, REALLY want you to love it, too.

so much so that i'm giving away 
by Jandy Nelson.

all you have to do is make sure you're a follower of this blog, and leave me a comment in the form of a book recommendation. because obviously i want to eat books for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and i'd like your input! promotion isn't necessary, but if you do blog or tweet or stand on a mountain and scream about it, please let me know in the comments.

for extra entries:

+1 for every time you link to me on your twitter, facebook, etc. (please linksy so i can find it! and i'll give you up to 5 extra entries :D)
+2 for linking to the contest on your blog.

and kindly add up your total entries in the comments! i don't know anything about numbers, that's why i'm a writer, and that's why a random number generator will do the rest. hehe.

contest closes at 11:59 P.M. (PST) 
on Sunday, June 6, 2010.

and just in case you're wondering, here's the book blurb:

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.



Jessica said...


I knew it was this book. When you were gushing about a book I just KNEW it had to be this one. I have seriously been waiting for this review to see if I was right.

I read this a couple of weeks ago and pretty much had the same reaction. In fact, the second I closed it, I felt like I had NO CHOICE but to get on my computer and send Jandy Nelson an e-mail and tell her how much I loved it. My note wasn't as pretty as yours...it looked more like "omgomgomg <3 <3 <3" but the sentiment was the same.

I'm going to enter your contest even though I already read the book and bought myself a copy because I am an English teacher and I really want a copy for my classroom library so I can pimp it out to all of my students. I want then to experience Lennie and Joe and Gram and Big and Toby and Bailey, too.

This book has been my recommendation lately, so it's hard for me to rec another book that beats it. I just read A Field Guide For Heartbreakers by Kristen Tracy, and I really connected with it, although I don't know that everyone will connect with it the way I did. Somehow she wrote a narrator who was exactly me. It was weird.

OMG. Sorry to blog in your comments. How embarrassing.

Jessica said...
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Jessica said...

Oh, here's a tweet: http://twitter.com/_JessicaLove/status/15395248354

Mireyah Wolfe said...

okay that was just heartbreaking. I must read this book now.

I tweeted once, and will do so again 4 more times. (Should i comment again when I do that, or just include your name each time?)

Tweet #1: http://twitter.com/MireyahWolfe/status/15395161225

in which a girl reads said...


I am so glad you loved it!

I have the same love for this book.It's just so heart-achingly beautiful.

And that letter made me want to read it all over again.:D

Remilda Graystone said...

I came across this book on a site, but didn't really pay much attention to it. I thought, "The title sounds really cool. I'll have to check out what it's about when I get the time." And now, reading your letter, I feel like I MUST read it and I must read it NOW! I have to say, I don't read books in which characters die in the beginning or books where it's about moving on from death very often. I'm a wimp like that. The only book I can remember right off the top of my head that I read that had to do with death (and lots of it, unfortunately) I spent an entire afternoon trying to--unsuccessfully--forget about and then was too chicken to read the sequel to it because I couldn't take the heartbreak.

Of course, it doesn't sound like it's written with as much beauty as this book was, so I'm going to enter your contest. And the book I was talking about is Malorie Blackman's NOUGHTS AND CROSSES. A sad (but hopeful) book for a sad (but hopeful) book.

I just posted a post ten minutes ago, so I'll edit it and add your contest to it, then I'll mention it in another post of mine and we can count that as a total of 1 point.

in which a girl reads said...

oh oops! You said you wanted a book rec.

Well, let me just say THE BOOK THIEF THE BOOK THIEF THE BOOK THIEF over and over again.

Tahereh you must read it if you haven't already. MUST. :D

Also I love Jellicoe Road, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, Cracked Up to Be,& Wintergirls.

I'd keep recommending but I should stop comment-spamming, tehe

<3 :)

Mireyah Wolfe said...

AH CRAP I knew I forgot something!

Book recommendation: Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros series (AHMAZING), Karen Marie Moning's Fever series (LOVE), um....*looks on bookshelf* I'm in the middle of reading Scott Westerfield's Leviathan and it's actually pretty good--alternate history steampunky which I have never read before.

(And tweet #2: http://twitter.com/MireyahWolfe/status/15397820398)

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...


I so want to read this book. It's on my tbr pile (once I buy, or win it. *flutters eyelashes*).
I shall be blogging about this tomorrow. Will linksy back then. :)

A book I love is Before I Die, by Jenny Downham. I read it at the beginning of the year and still think about it. It made me cry!

Claire Dawn said...

My absolutely couldn't put it down book was TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY by Jay Asher. I like to think everyone in the world has already read it though :)

I need ot stop hanging around writer blogs. I have like 30 books I just HAVE TO read now. And since I'm not in an English-speaking country getting my hands on them is expensive and requires incredible acrobatics. Maybe I should give up an d get a reader.

Audrey; (AyC) said...

wow, you don't understand HOW BADLY I want to read this book!! I would recommend anything by Melina Marchetta (Jellicoe Road especially!)

+1 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/pinkcreamsoda/status/15399667344

+2 blog post: http://holes-in-my-brain.blogspot.com/2010/04/contest-and-giveaways-around.html

Total: 3 extra entries (and 1 for original? dunno)

thank you!!
ps- is this open to le canadiennes?

S.K.Walker said...

I've been commenting under the LJ user-name of Angelwingsbaka, but now that I've made myself a google account thingy, this will be me from now on!

Book recommendation time!

I've previously recommended (via twitter) that you read "Mistwood" by Leah Cypess. I don't know if you have, yet...? So I will make another recommendation.

"Fallen" by Lauren Kate, is a story about star-crossed lovers. Or a cursed couple. Or fallen angels? Oh, looks like you'll have to read it find out! Haha!

But really, it's about a couple who are doomed to fall in love over and over again in different life times, and every time they find each other (and they always do) something bad happens.

"Fallen" tells the story of this couple in contemporary America. At a reform school.

Angels may or may not be involved. You will probably want both Cam AND Daniel to look at you, and cuddle you they way they do Luce. Because they're delicious.

Anyways... To please my case, I would LOVE a copy of "The Sky is Every where" because it sounds like a book I wouldn't pick up myself.

I know that's an odd way of saying "I want that book!" but it makes sense, I promise. Lately I've been trying to broaden my horizons, read new things, explore worlds I've never had the courage to explore before.

I'm picking up books that I never thought I'd like based on the summary. Example? "The Hunger Games". The summary did not interest me AT ALL. I would not in a million years have picked it up, if not for so many people demanding that I did.

The result? I loved it. Of course, you knew that. Who couldn't love it?

And so, I ask that I be given the opportunity to love another book, which I myself would never have considered otherwise. Let me grow~

3 links on Twitter (to follow you via twitter, and your blog. And to this give-away), more to come tomorrow and everyday until the give-away ends. (+3)


A link to this give-away, and to your blog/twitter on my blog (+2)


And a link to this give-away, on my facebook (+1)


And on Myspace for extra measure ;) (+1)


Total comes to the max of +7 :D

And I'll link to you a few extra times, just because you're awesome (so I should share you, right?)

Tana said...

Great contest! A win win for both you and the 3 winners! :D

Still working on your previous recommendation! Once my my phalange is fixed I'll resume where I left off <3 thanks for sharing!

Bee said...

Oh, Tahereh..this is such a heartfelt post! I can't even begin to tell you how much I WANT THIS BOOK. Reading your post was like living in that book. Bet Jandy's gonna be so, so proud!

Please, please let me win *falls down on knees and begs*

+1 I tweeted (www.twitter.com/bee_muses)

+1 I linked on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/theoutlandishdreamcatcher)

+2 I linked on my blog sidebar (www.talkmusebanter.blogspot.com)

And considering how much you loved this book, I'll say READ, READ AND READ JENNY DOWNHAM'S 'BEFORE I DIE'..'cos that's one extraordinary book. Other books I'd recommend:
Taken By Storm by Angela Morrison
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (if you haven't read it already)
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
Ways To Live Forever by Sally Nicolls

*begs again for THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE*

Remilda Graystone said...

Oh my gosh, I'm horrible at this counting thing. My total points would be 2. I'm so used to seeing +1 for blogging about a contest, that I didn't take in that it was different this time. *head/desk*

aLmYbNeNr said...

I'm a follower! And I recommend The Virgin's Daughters by Jeane Westin, which I just finished reading yesterday. It's historical fiction and that's mainly my thing but the book you described sounds too good to pass up! I don't know how to do the linksy thing so this will just be one entry. :)

Mesmerix said...

I really think you should write this to the author. Find his/her website and contact them direct if possible. I mean, really, if someone read my book and responded this way, I would totally want to know.

All the best! :)

Bethany Elizabeth said...

BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS I love books! Sounds like an amazing book, definitely added to my TBR pile. (The pile is getting monstrous. I may have to name it soon.)
So.. I linked to this in a blog post and put it on the sidebar:
I also tweeted (hehe, I laugh whenever I say that):
And I facebooked it:
So... that's... (careful calculation, involving fingers and toes)
4 extra entries.
I plan on twittering three more times, should I recomment?

Bee said...

I think I forgot to add that my total is 4

Btw, you rock.

Bethany Elizabeth said...

ACK, forgot to leave a comment about book recommendation: um... I'd have to say the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, which is awesome. Yeah, it's vampire/werewolves/fay, but it's mostly werewolves, and the vampires aren't sparkly! Yay! :D
The heroine is pretty awesome too. She's a car mechanic.

Christina Lee said...

Holy crap, you almost made me cry for so many different reasons. One of which was b/c as writers, we all want someone to feel way this about our words...

going to go tweet this now...

Book recommendation: Before I Fall or the Wake trilogy?

Mia said...

OMG, this is wonderful!

Hmmm *thinks* Will Grayson Will Grayson is an interesting journey. and it also has a shiny cover :) and it made me laugh a lot.

I tweeted at www.twitter.com/MiaHayson

Um, so, is that two entries? I know NOTHING of numbers either but think it might be two?

Vicki Tremper said...

You phrased our shared love for that book so beautifully. I read it 2 weeks ago and I teared up every few pages.

Heather Kelly said...

Tahereh--Awesome review. I have to go and band-aid up a little cut finger, but in the meantime, I have to recommend Ida B. It's heart-achingly beautiful MG. It makes me realize that the only thing speeding up life is me, and that I can slow down life and love by just taking a breath and letting the world sink into my eyes and ears and heart.

I am tweeting and linking to this on my blog. Because you talk about this book with such magic.


Crap--I can't figure out how to get the tweet address. Oh, well. I did tweet. It's probably seriously easy to copy and paste the address too. :(

So, that's 4 right? Book review, 1 tweet, and 2 for linking on my blog. WOO-HOO *so hoping I win* *so hoping I win*

Bee said...

I tweeted again (@bee_muses)

Should that take me to 5?


Stina Lindenblatt said...

Oops! I went unplugged yesterday but still forgot to check your blog.

Oh I so want to win this book. You already know all the books I recommend. So I don't have to list them here, right? ;)

I'm off to tweet about the contest.

Sumayyah said...

I have seen reviews for this book everywhere and it's gotten nothing but praise. To be honest, I'm a little afraid to read it - I'm afraid of going through that emotional closeness with a book that comes from something that's AMAZING.

Book recommendation: The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner :)

Becca Rogers said...

WOW. This letter is pretty much awesome. I've seen this book before and thought it sounded interesting. I'll definitely have to check it out.

Umm, for a book recommendation (or two), I'll pick PRETTY LITTLE LIARS because the show premieres on ABC Family next week! :D Annndd I'll recommend THE LUXE series, because the prose is gorgeous.

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Aww, that was so sweet. I LOVED this book too. But I know a friend who would adore it and I refuse to part with my copy so I'd love to win won for her. Please enter me! :)

Have a fabulous weekend.

Meredith said...

Alright, I'm definitely going to have to read this book now. What a beautiful letter! The last book that affected me that powerfully was BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver, so if you haven't read that yet, I totally recommend it.

I've linked to your contest in my blog: http://meredithmoorebooks.blogspot.com/2010/06/five-random-thoughts-on-friday.html

Can't wait to read this one!

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

WoW! What a sweet review of this book. I've passed by it now and again at the book store and now it seems I must have it. Book suggestion, hmm. Beautiful Creatures was the last book I finished (two days ago) and it really was awesome. It was different because it was from a Males POV but they handled it really well, you could feel the humidity of the south on every page, the side characters were even alive and jumped off the page, tons of mystery, great dialogue, beautiful descriptions (still in a males voice mind you), a nice love story, and really neat takes on a few old ideas.
Off to tweet this <3
I suck at math but I think that's three???

Jen Sadler said...

Darling! Adding this to my to read right now! Have you read The Help bt Kathryn Stockett? If not, you should. I loved, loved, loved it!

ALSO, I wrote about you and your blog on my blog today--don't get too excited, no one reads it yet--but check it out anyway! I hope that is okay with you.

Sandy Shin said...

I've heard so many great things about this book -- and your post makes me want to read it desperately. So I'm coming back later with links!

I agree with Sumayyah: Megan Whalen Turner's THE THIEF series is definitely a must-read. :)

Jck said...

ok, OMG!!!! My dear bestie!
2 twitts! 1 facebook and I'm going so to blog about it just because, you know *blushes* it's you and I adore you bestie! (and I want a book!)
love!!! And Happy Friday!
wow! so many !!!!!

Lydia Kang said...

Sweet! I'm in. I'll post the contest on my blog side bar, does that count?
Sounds like a great read, and I'd totally trust the rec from you!

Mayowa said...

Yep...you have to send the author a link to this post.

You should try Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta. I'm a burly man (UGA BUGA!!) but that book gave me such an insightful look at what it means to be and grow as a woman, that I haven't been able to get it out of my head.

Theresa Milstein said...

Wow, it's rare a book hits me like that. If I don't win (though I hope I do), I may have to buy it.

My most recent read that I really enjoyed was The Hunger Games, which I'm sure you've read.

I'm linking this post to my blog and once on facebook.

Caitlin R. O'Connell said...

I saw Choco's review of this and was rather intrigued by the idea that it was meant to be in verse, and still has a lot of poetry in it. It sounds like it's beautifully written.

As for some book recommendations? Sorcery and Cecelia, Or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot. That book (yes, that's all one title: there's more of it actually) was sort of the inspiration for Letters to Oliver. So I think you'd like it. :)

Heather said...

OK, I need this book in my life like chocolate. (I know most people would say water or oxygen, but I need chocolate more than either of those things.)

For a book recommendation, I'll go with How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford, which I am currently reading. And even though I haven't actually finished it yet, I am enjoying it very much so far.

Also, there is twitter linkage: http://twitter.com/HeatherTrese/status/15423063913
And blog linkage: http://seeheatherwrite.blogspot.com/

Which brings me to 4 total, I think.

Matthew Rush said...

Tahereh as much as you are my favorite person in the virtual world of bits and bytes and little green and black words on a screen I have to disagree with you on one thing:

You articulate yourself quite properly methinks.

BTW: Thanks so much for your support on my post today. You rock hard like a basilisk's prey.

Oh yeah I want a copy but I can't figure out my points. Just give me +1 and I'll hope to luck.

Matthew Rush said...

Sorry, didn't realize I was supposed to plug a book too. The best novel I've read this year was The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Lisa Gail Green said...

Woohoo! More books! Well, I probably sound like a broken record but you have to read GOING BOVINE by Libba Bray. You just do.

Lisa Gail Green said...

Oops. He he. Forgot to add. Stupid Math! Okay I'll tweet your contest! So, what's that? 2 entries? Okeedokee...

Lisa_Gibson said...

This is one of the best books I have ever read! I sadly don't own a copy because I keep giving it as a gift to people. :)
I'm right there with ya'. I've totally fallen for this book too.

Sarah Enni said...

MUST READ BOOK. I live for reading experiences like this! YAY!
Tweeted: http://twitter.com/ImSarahEnni/status/15426245238

so that's 2 entries for me!

I felt this way about THE HISTORY OF LOVE by Nicole Krauss. Just total almost-painful longing for... something. For them to be real. For life to be that beautiful, always. *sigh*

bookaholic said...

I really hope that Jandy reads this post!!!!It is such a lovely post!She will be so proud!
Other books that you can try your hands at are Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony(dystopia) and Swoon by Nina Malkin(paranormal YA).
Thank you so much for offering this book!I would love a copy of this book!I have been reading such lovely reviews about this book and your review has piqued my interest and now I want it like CRAZY!!*falls down on knees and begs*

+2 Sidebar-http://bookaholicsoye.blogspot.com/(Under 'Contests' in the right sidebar)
+1 Tweeted-http://twitter.com/Debasmitadhar/status/15425795583
+1 Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000126953872&v=wall&story_fbid=128989260452229
+1 Live Journal Post-http://bookaholic-d.livejournal.com/1842.html

I want this soooo bad!!!*still begging*

bookaholic said...

Sorry....I am so silly...forgot to add my entries...!
Total=5 entries!!!

Just wanted to remind you...still begging!

Shy said...
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Shy said...

I've read couple of impressive books recently and those on top of my list are: (1) Looking for Alaska by John Green and (2) Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott. If you never try any of these, you really should give these a shot! They seriously took me by surprise =)

Tweet: http://twitter.com/shy8629/status/15427023196

Sidebar: http://bibliophiles-journal.blogspot.com/ (Click on International Contests)

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/345905-win-the-shy-is-everywhere

Total entries: 4

Thank you so much! You really make this book sounds enticing =)


Marsha Sigman said...

That was beautiful. I must read it now!

Darlyn said...

i'm achingly want to read this book!i would recommend beautiful creatures and darren shan's books. love them all =)

thanks for the giveaway!

+1 http://twitter.com/darlyn5/status/15427389076

+1 facebook http://www.facebook.com/pestisid?v=wall&story_fbid=396145892529#!/w.noorazlinda?v=wall&story_fbid=132401910105659&ref=mf

+2 sidebar http://darlynandbooks.blogspot.com

darlyn225 AT gmail DOT com

Jen said...

If I understood how to actually tweet something I would. I have a twitter but I'm afraid I have no idea how to use it (pathetic I realize now)

How cool of you to giveaway a copy, it really shows your passion behind it and I really hoped I'm blessed enough to receive a copy, though I know there are several other lovely bloggers dying to win!

So a few book recommendations (since I can't just give one):
#1 Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (my favorite book of the year thus far!! Brilliant and witty read!)
#2 Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard - seriously the cutest read ever! I loved it through and through and it took only and afternoon to read.
#3 The Truth Tellers Tale by Sharon Shinn - You will surely not be disappointed in this absolutely fantastic read! One of my favs of all time!

-- Maybe that will change if I get my hands on a copy this book you love so dearly! --

PS I'll post you a little linkage on my sidebar :)

Simon C. Larter said...

The book probably isn't my style, so no contest entries needed, good lady. However I just wanted to drop in and say that you're simply wonderful in the way you express your admiration. I admire your admiration. *bows*

I'll also tweet this, but mainly out of the kindness of my heart. See? Sometimes I *can* be non-snarky. :)

Brittany said...

this sounds good!!!

I just finished reading AFTER EVER AFTER by JORDAN SONNENBLICK, the sequel to DRUMS, GIRLS, AND DANGEROUS PIE, which happens to be the single most perfectly hilarious/heartwarming book about cancer there can be (DANGEROUS PIE is), and AFTER EVER AFTER is secondly the most perfectly awesome/hilarious/heartbreaking book about cancer/cancer survivors there can ever be.

oh, and i cried at the end.

trademark of GOOD BOOKS, THE TEARS ARE!!

(of course i'm also endorsing NOTES FROM THE MIDNIGHT DRIVER by JORDAN SONNENBLICK, too. drunk high schooler+lawn gnome+goth tinkerbell BFF+fiddler on the roof=AMAZING!!)

Reana said...

Wanted to stop by and say thanks for the message and I hope you get that well deserved nap:) Love the blog and best of wish's with all your writing :)

Dani. said...

This book looks amazing- I soooo want to read it! :)

+1: Follower!

EVERY LITTLE THING IN THE WORLD by Nina de la Gramont is really good! Its about teenage pregnancy, but with a different view on it.


salarsenッ said...

I desperately WANT that book!! Pleeaaassseeee.... 'K, done whining.

+1 tweet http://twitter.com/SherWordsGirl

+2 Blogged sidebar http://writersally.blogspot.com/

I'm currently reading We Hear The Dead and I would totally recommend it. It's a lot different than most YA books I've read. The relationship between the sisters is sweet yet tenacious yet caring. ";-)

Kari said...

this book is on my wish list! i'm so glad you liked it--and are doing the giveaway!! you've already seen the post where i mentioned it...

my book recommendations (there must be at least one you haven't read):
Marley and Me if you want something alternately hilarious and touching
Howl's Moving Castle if you want something funny and quirky
Trickster's Choice if you like Tamora Pierce (aka strong fantasy heroines)
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith; Soulless by Cail Carriger; Uglies by Scott Westerfield...um, *force of will* making myself stop now

SonshineMusic i.e. Rebecca T. said...
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SonshineMusic i.e. Rebecca T. said...

Gah! my blogger link randomly didn't work. *sigh*

Let me try that again.

This is amazing, and I TOTALLY must read this book now so PICK ME (okay?)

Let's see ... recommend... Mine is actually a recommend for the future, since I got an advance copy, but Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry is amazing. I haven't finished it yet, but I LOVE it. And it has zombies. But it's not coming out until October, but remember it.

tweeted it.


I blogged about it TOO!

So that's +1 Tweeted and +2 blog post.

Which is 3 extra ones

Thanks for hosting the contest! WHEEE!

Lynne Kelly Hoenig said...

Thanks for having the contest--I've been wanting to read this book! I've heard it's amazing.

For my book recommendation-- I'm almost finished reading Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce, and it's so good! Really hard to put down. Think of Red Riding Hood with a sister, if both sisters were bad-ass werewolf hunters.

I linked to the blog contest on Twitter:

Sugar said...

Sounds like an amazing book!
I would love to recommend one..but I don't really have any that pop...Other than the outlander series..my fav's
Heres my link to my blog advertising your contest!

Catt said...

OH MY GOSH, I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK! And you just wrote down every single thought I had about The Sky is Everywhere. *gasp* You never told me you were a mind reader!

And if you want to fall in love again with the English language, check out North of Beautiful by Justina Headley Chen, Red Glass by Laura Resau, and Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.

Thanks for the fantastic contest!

Catt said...

Your letter to her is on her website (underneath reviews). =D

Zoe C. Courtman said...

LOVE book gushing :D My FAVORITE book of the last several weeks is NEVERLAND by Douglas Clegg. Dude. Book STILL resonates with me. Sigh. P.S. Only one entry for me :D

Jemi Fraser said...

Now THAT's a book review! If I don't win, I will run to my nearest bookstore and snatch it off the shelf!

If you haven't read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, I'd highly recommend it. It's told from the pov of an autistic teen. Wonderfully written.

jpetroroy said...

Please enter me!

jpetroroy at gmail dot com

I loved Jenny Han's The SUmmer I Turned Pretty

Erica said...

I would love to be entered!

I would recommend Sea by Heidi R Kling which comes out next week :)

thebookcellar @ wi.rr.com

Karen Yuan said...

EXCITEMENNNNT! Hmm, as for book recs, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is actually a memoir, and it made me very sobbish. Plus the prose is straightforward and vivid and guhh <3

Oh, and I tweeted about this! Thanks for the giveaway :D


T.V and Book Addict said...

Dang it! I can never decide which one book to recommend. I will not be forced to choose! ;)

Here are a few:
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Tell me that you love me, junie moon by marjorie kellogg
stargirl by jerry spinelli

Jan Markley said...

I'm a follower. Book recommendation: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

bookaholic said...

I Tweeted...again...
+1 http://twitter.com/Debasmitadhar/status/15468201443
+1 Live Journal Post-http://bookaholic-d.livejournal.com/2207.html

Some more book recommendations-
Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn
The Darkest Power trilogy by Kelley Armstrong

The math- 5+2=7 entries now!

India Drummond said...

OOhh..sounds wonderful. I'd love to win a copy!


Talli Roland said...

Sounds like an incredible book! I'd love to have a copy but since I'm waaaay over the ocean, I'll settle for hearing about how much you love it! :)

Bee said...

Tweeted again, so that's 6 entries <3!

Betty: Reflections with Coffee said...

I follow on your google friends. Am # 485.
And I highly recommend SLEEPLESS by Cyn Balog.

Betty: Reflections with Coffee said...

Entry 2 I follow on twitter

Entry 3 I re-tweeted

bmcbroom @ gmail dot com

Betty: Reflections with Coffee said...

Entry # 4
Link to your contest is on sidebar of my blog
right under the Follow Me

Krispy said...

I was sort of interested in this book before, but after your gorgeous review, I think I MUST read it now.

Book rec: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. It's Sci-Fi/Fantasy mixed with Victoriana and a dash of dystopia. There's political intrigue, action/adventure, and a Prison that is alive. Basically, I just finished this book a few days ago, and I want the sequel NOW. Too bad it's not out over here until December! Sadness!

+2 blog post: http://a-nudge.blogspot.com/2010/06/randomosity-on-fridays-be-gone-june.html

+1 tweet: http://twitter.com/kangaru/status/15500211556

Total: 3 extra entries (and 1 for this comment/book rec?)


angie said...

This sounds like a great book and I would love to read it!
My recommendations would be Shade and the Cinderella Society. Two books that I read recently and thought were great books!
I tweeted http://twitter.com/bangersis/status/15501766610

Jessica said...

Ok, here's another tweet:

And here's a link on my blog:

Julie said...

if you haven't read the Stieg Larsson trilogy (girl with the dragon tattoo and the others) you really should!


Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

I just did a blog post on your contest on my blog today. :)

Lori said...
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Lori said...

I've been wanting to read this one! My book recommendation would be The Art of Dancing In The Rain by Garth Stein. It's not young adult but it is a fantastic book, especially if you love dogs!
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Patty said...

I have to read it now...because of the way you wrote about it...I love being in love with a book...I felt the same way about Hate List...I wanted to be in the book to help her...

cherii-2009 said...

I twittered you, and followed your blog: http://twitter.com/cc9309

I recommend "If I Stay" by Gayle Forman, "Th1rteen R3asons Why" by Jay Asher and "Love you, Hate you, Miss you" by Elizabeth Scott.

I haven't read "The Sky is Everywhere" yet, but it's top 5 on my to-read list! (I think 3rd) So, I'd love to win a copy!


Sarah said...

Oh my! I blogged about my book crush on The Sky is Everywhere. IT IS SO GOOD, IS IT NOT??? So glad you liked it! Possibly my favorite read this year.

Lindzena said...

Oh I haven't read a good love story in a long, long time!! The books I've been most fond of lately have been the Hunger Games series. I don't know if you have read those or not yet, but if not I highly recommend them. Exciting and utterly addicting. :)

cherii-2009 said...

linked to your contest on my blog (I entered before, just look a bit up) It's on my livejournal.

I think I'll recommend some "oldies"- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee & The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald. They're both situated in America, but one focuses on prejudice and justice, while the other is about superficiality and the failure of the American Dream (though both are products of that idea)

cherii-2009 said...

Oh right, counting up.

+2 for linking on blog
+2 for linking on twitter (2 times over 2 days)
=5 entries.

Thanks once again for the opportunity to win. :)

Julie Musil said...

Oh my gosh, I feel pulled in just by your summary! Wow. If I don't win it, I'm getting it anyway! It's amazing when a book has that kind of impact on the reader. Thanks for letting us know about it.

bclement412 said...

Oh wow I want this book haha. Great contest!

Hmm, if you like books that tug and pull at your emotions, i HIGHLY recommend the Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride. It was beautifully written and intricately woven and I just loveloveloved it!

Thanks for provivding us with the opportunity to win this book!

Ann Marie Wraight said...

Just wanted to say that was a beautifully articulated post my friend!

THANK YOU for sharing YOURSELF with us!

Melissa said...

Great contest! I'm very excited to win this book!

Book recommendation: You should check out Rhythm And Blues by Jill Murray. The book is great, but not in the cry your eyes out kind of way. I figured that you might want to win something a little less tearful this time around. :)

Either that or read Stolen by Lucy Christopher. It's amazing - I reviewed it on my blog if you're interested in learning more.

melissa {at} yabookshelf {dot} com

Bianca said...

Book Recommendation: My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park. It is just fantastic!

I linked this contest on my sidebar at http://wickedgoodbooks.blogspot.com/

infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com

Faith E. Hough said...

So cool! That sounds great, thanks for the recommendation!
Here's one from me: The Cardturner, by Louis Sachar. I read it the day it came out (a couple weeks ago) and still haven't stopped thinking about it. :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Isn't it wonderful when a book sucks you into it, like you are one of the characters! I'm doing a signed book give-a-way on my blog for a book that did that to me: ALL THE NUMBERS it's a wonderful story that made me cry in public and in private...

Alissa said...

Wow, sounds like a great book. I am adding it to my to read list right now.

As for book recommendations, I could go on all day, but I'll limit myself to 3.

1. THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan for a Zombie story that doesn't read anything like your usual sort of zombie story.

2. THE TAVERNIER STONES by Stephen Parrish for those looking an adventure complete with treasure maps and puzzles to solve along with a cast of interesting characters.

3. THINGS THE GRANDCHILDREN SHOULD KNOW by Mark Oliver Everett for a beautiful and inspiring memoir by someone who hasn't had an easy life, but chooses not to dwell on the negative.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

What a lovely review, Tahereh! Sounds like a great book! Right now, I would recommend two different books:

The Forest of Hands and Teeth for an edge of your seat zombie story that had me skimming through one page because I was desperate to get to the end of the chapter and so freaked out by what was happening--in like a most ridiculously delicious way.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson because it's one of the funniest YA books I've ever read, not to mention real. Just plain real. I felt immersed in the book, caring about the characters, wanting desperately to know what would happen to them.

Remilda Graystone said...

Like I promised: http://remildagraystone.blogspot.com/2010/06/contests-and-giveaways-galore.html

Woo hoo! 101th comment!

Bella said...

I just finished reading The Sky is Everywhere and - wow - wow wow wow wow wow WOW WOW WOW WOW!!! I've been gushing about this book since I put it down and I've pretty much run out of synonyms for A.FREAKING.MAZING. :) Besides, you've said it all, in a far more beautiful way than I ever could have.

Also, Lennie? She TOTALLY reminded me of you, hehe ... seriously, you want to be her BFF? You practically ARE Lennie! I'm not kidding, her character could basically be based off the incredible Tahereh that cracks us up every day here on the blog :)

Anyway, that's all! You're awesome! Lennie's awesome! Joe's AWESOME! As for Jandy Nelson? She's just WOW! :D

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