Her Name in the Sky

Rated 4.50/5 based on 6 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Hannah wants to spend her senior year of high school going to football games and Mardi Gras parties. She wants to drive along the oak-lined streets of Louisiana and lie on the hot sand of Florida's beaches. She wants to spend every night making memories with her friends. The last thing she wants is to fall in love with a girl--especially when that girl is her best friend, Baker. More

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About Kelly Quindlen

Kelly Quindlen is an independent writer and filmmaker who lives in Atlanta. She is an alumna of Vanderbilt University, where she studied English Literature and American Studies, and Teach for America, the national teacher corps. She published Her Name in the Sky, a young adult LGBT novel, in January 2014.
In addition to writing young adult fiction, Kelly also collaborates on independent film projects with her sister Kim. Their original web series, The Family Business, will debut in April 2014 (www.twitter.com/tfbwebseries).

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Review by: Ruqayyah Strozier on April 2, 2015 :
I'm not gay, or a Christian, or 17 (anymore)...but this book is so vivid, so engulfing and so real that once I finally picked it up I related to the heroines so much that I finished it in one sitting, having to know how everything turned out for this characters I cared so strongly for.
This book is filled with raw emotion, and mistakes, and fear and heartbreak--but there's enough tenderness, and kindness, and poignant insight to make it much more than another angsty YA novel. This book resonated deeply in my heart, moreso than any book has in a long time; I think anyone who's experienced growing up--or really, living--will feel the same way. Loved it.
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)
Review by: Sammy Kawola on Feb. 24, 2014 :
I adore this novel. After reading this book in just two sittings, I was blown away by the incredible story Kelly has shared. You'll be immediately sucked into all the action and emotion of the novel. It sometimes feels like there's such a lack of LGBT fiction, so to read Her Name in the Sky and to follow Hannah's journey to self-acceptance was a wonderful experience.

HNITS is packed with genuine emotions, hurdles, and victories that any reader can relate to, and it makes you feel so much. The characters are relatable and I found myself identifying with both Hannah and Baker in different respects, and I suspect many other readers will be able to do the same with these characters. I already can't wait to read this book again!
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Review by: Mia Pepper on Feb. 14, 2014 :
I like how the story develops and how the characters are perfectly flawed.

The gems of the story beside Hannah and Baker are Ms. Carpenter and Joanie
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
Review by: sac12389 on Feb. 1, 2014 :
It's good.

The cliche of everyone drinks and parties all. the. time. gets a bit tiring.

Parts in the middle/end are over dramatic.

I questioned the legality of a few plot points.

Sometimes there are too many active characters in a scene and it gets confusing to follow. For a story with a large romance element the protagonist and her love interest have few scenes alone.

But overall I viewed the story positively.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: KatieMoss on Feb. 1, 2014 :
I dont have anything useful or exciting to say, except from this was absolutely fantastic. It made my heart hurt in the best possible way!
Thank you for sharing your writing!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: buttercup85 on Jan. 30, 2014 :
I really enjoyed this book. With the flood of YA fiction on the market these past few years I'm always looking for something contemporary but without the usual romantic formula most seem to follow. This book fit the bill perfectly. I also appreciate that it features a romantic relationship between two girls, which i feel is still lacking quite a bit in the genre.

The characters are really well drawn and honest, easy to connect to and engage with, and I felt they had a rawness to them that I really loved. The sense of place was fantastic. You drew a vivid picture for readers that really helped ground the story even more. I loved the relationships in the friendship group and how they developed. I feel like a lot of stories lack well developed secondary characters, whereas yours were fully realised and felt authentic and it just enriches the story so much. It's so easy for authors to write two dimensional cliche characters just to help facilitate the plot but yours really enhanced the story wonderfully. The way you've interwoven religion was fantastic as well, not heavy handed, (the word that comes to mind is graceful), and important as it's a very real issue in many people's lives. I respect authors who aren't afraid to explore these issues. Most importantly, I really appreciated that this story was about these characters struggling with who they think they are and who they want to be and who the world wants them to be and it wasn't just about a romance, and not just about the growth of the teenage characters either. Such a rich story dealing with important issues, but you don't feel like you're getting hit over the head with a sledgehammer.

So yeah, I loved this story. I love how layered and subtle and graceful and emotional and honest it is.

Thanks for sharing your story with the world!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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