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Her Name in the Sky

Written by: Kelly Quindlen
Narrated by: Piper Goodeve
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: LGBT
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Publisher's Summary

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's Garden District and lie on the hot sand of Florida's beaches. She wants to spend every night making memories with her tight-knit group of friends.

The last thing she wants is to fall in love with a girl - especially when that girl is her best friend, Baker.

Hannah knows she should like Wally, the kind, earnest boy who asks her to prom. She should cheer on her friend Clay when he asks Baker to be his girlfriend. She should follow the rules of her conservative community - the rules that have been ingrained in her since she was a child.

But Hannah longs to be with Baker, who cooks macaroni and cheese with Hannah late at night, who believes in the magic of books as much as Hannah does, and who challenges Hannah to be the best version of herself.

And Baker might want to be with Hannah, too - if both girls can embrace that world-shaking, wondrous possibility. Contains mature themes.

©2014 Kelly Quindlen (P)2017 Tantor

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Great Novel!

People may be worried because this is about religion and has a conservative overtone but this was amazing. It had all the elements of the religion but still acceptance. Yes, of course there was backlash, but it was handled in such a delicate way and the main characters were so brave and scared and beautiful. And there was on-screen lesbian sex that was done really well.

I loved the relationship between Hannah and Baker and their extended friend group. I liked how they were supportive and unsupportive of one another as different things came up. The complex relationships between the friend group as a whole made this so realistic.

This felt like one of those books that should have taken place in the 90s or early 2000s, but it was actually in 2012 which was ... strange to me. It felt as though it was a historical book but it never really clicked for me that way. I felt like the references were a weird date compared to the rest of the book, but that might just be my reading of it.

However, I loved Hannah and Baker both struggling with their sexuality and their spirituality. It was nice to see a character who was very religious try to come to terms with both religion and moving forward with what is their Truth. I think there are a lot of people who feel this way as well so I think it is almost therapeutic for people to read this one.

For those who are wanting to pick this up, there is a forced outing of a character, slurs throughout the book, and violence, just as an FYI. I wasn't triggered by them but that doesn't mean you will not be.

Overall, I really liked this one! If you have the opportunity to pick it up, definitely do so. I liked seeing the characters struggle with all aspects of their identity and try to bring them together. I hope you like this as much as I did!

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This one’s a heartbreaker. Listen anyway.

This story is incredibly well read, and while the plot line is hard, especially for anyone who has experienced coming out, it has a satisfying conclusion.

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  • Angela Stewart
  • 2017-05-16

great story, well told

wish I could listen to it again for the first time. an excellent young lesbian love story

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  • Kelli M
  • 2017-06-03

Wonderful!

Do not pass this book up...so well written and the narrator does a great job. This is one of the best stories written in this genre...very real, believable and full of feeling...I could feel the heartache as if it were my own...its a must read/listen!

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  • whoa!
  • 2017-06-16

Such a good read

I read reviews and listened to the audio sample before I purchased...
honestly, I wasn't that impressed with the sample. I thought, "what the heck. I'll just get it."

It's a very realistic book. It captures the inner struggle some face in regards to religion and morality when coming out. I truly loved and cared about all the characters. The author described the setting and feelings in a way where you could see it and feel it. I felt the heart break ,and I felt the love.
I enjoyed the narrator as well.

Just get it. What have you got to lose?

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  • Summer
  • 2018-02-20

Loved This Book

Great story. Very sweet and has a happy ending thank goodness. Excellent reader as well.

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  • Angela Thomas
  • 2017-05-04

Wonderful book of 1st love

As I read this book I thought back and wish so much times were different when I was younger which brought so much emotion to me as I read this wonderful book. I recommend it to anyone who feels the same or just to anyone who wants a good book to read and enjoy.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2017-04-17

Fantastic.

Thos book could have been by numbers. It isnt. sich a great exploration of what it feels like to be young and in love. My only negative is maube the boys in this book are a little too eloquent and mature towards the end. Explores many issues and handles religion especially well.

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  • kyra smith
  • 2018-06-14

Beautiful teen love book

The book was an adorable love story. It faces a lot of religious controversy and does so in a way that makes the reader connect to the story. Loved the plot and the characters

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-06-06

best YA lgbt story ever

The book alone is magnificent, piper’s performance is just amazing. I was so drawn to the story and the narration. Really really good story.

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  • Kimberly Tibbetts
  • 2017-05-18

Intense, relatable, beautiful coming of age story

What made the experience of listening to Her Name in the Sky the most enjoyable?

I got genuinely invested in each character and what they were going through. The character development made the book whole and full of substance.

What did you like best about this story?

I like that Hannah and Baker, while going through similar things, come to terms with who they are in very different ways. The sometimes tortured path they took was hard to see them go through, but it felt honest and real.

Which character – as performed by Piper Goodeve – was your favorite?

Piper Goodeve brought all the characters to life in such a way that was touching and memorable. Her narration truly added so much to the experience of loving this book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was moved by every part of the story and it will remain etched in my memory for a very long time.

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  • Jacqui Koep
  • 2017-12-19

The definitive coming out novel

Where does Her Name in the Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 5% of the at least 200 I have read

What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Name in the Sky?

The book is well crafted and the characters are all well developed. It is believable and manages to pull you in to feeling what the characters feel

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had a good cry several times. It evoked a strong enough response for me to want to write a review. This book should be read widely

2 of 2 people found this review helpful