I am rooting for Selena Gomez to make that difficult transition from teen star to respected actress. I am fond of Wizards of Waverly Place, and see a talent there that is not shared by all her peers. It’s good to know, then, that Gomez is taking her career into her own hands. Deadline reports her production company July Moon optioned the Jandy Nelson novel The Sky Is Everywhere as a starring vehicle for the young actress. Gomez will play Lennie, a shy girl who reevaluates her life when her older sister dies: “Lennie soon finds herself torn between two boys: Bailey’s boyfriend, Toby, and Joe, the charming and musically gifted new boy in town.” Okay, so maybe this particular movie is not for me. But hopefully this sets her up for success so that, soon, she can move on from playing high schoolers and start paying dividends on my investment.
Hit the jump for the book synopsis.
Lennie plays second clarinet in the school orchestra and has always happily been second fiddle to her charismatic older sister, Bailey. Then Bailey dies suddenly, and Lennie is left at sea without her anchor. Overcome by emotion, Lennie soon finds herself torn between two boys: Bailey’s boyfriend, Toby, and Joe, the charming and musically gifted new boy in town. While Toby can’t see her without seeing Bailey and Joe sees her only for herself, each offers Lennie something she desperately needs. But ultimately, it’s up to Lennie to find her own way toward what she really needs—without Bailey. [Amazon]