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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  546 ratings  ·  48 reviews
The summer after high-school graduation, a year after her mother’s tragic death, Anna has no plans – beyond her need to put a lot of miles between herself and the past. With forever friend Kat, a battered copy of Kerouac’s DHARMA BUMS, and a car with a dodgy oil filter, the girls set out on an epic road trip across the USA. Maybe somewhere along the way they’ll prove or di...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Marshall Cavendish (first published April 1st 2012)
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Rose
What to say about Elissa Janine Hoole's "Kiss the Morning Star"? It had all the promise in the world from the blurb. Road trip story, coming of age format, crazy adventures on the road and potentially meeting up with some colorful characters along the way. Yet it didn't deliver for me at all. There were moments I could say that I liked, though not enough for me to give it above a single star. The vast majority of the book was a struggle to get through, and my attention kept wandering constantly...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
In college, I took a history class on counterculture, which focused primarily on the Beats. What I learned above all was that I really do not like the Beat poets. Drugs and narcissism and the philosophies those inspire. Anyway, totally not for me. Of them, I did like Kerouac the best, but, still, I was not especially impressed. The quotes in this book from Kerouac definitely remind me why I didn't like them.

However, I do like this book, with its road trip inspired by Kerouac. Actually, I like it...more
Cat Hellisen
Anna and her father are both zombified after her mother's death, and when her best friend Kat convinces Anna to go on a Kerouac-inspired road-trip after the end of school, she does so with much reluctance.

Because Anna doesn't want to feel, and travelling across America with her best friend (but-maybe-more-than-that) in search of God or love or something like it could be the thing that forces her to move forward, to face who she is and what she feels.

The writing in this is glorious - there are pa...more
Will
**WARNING - BAD LANGUAGE USED THROUGHOUT THIS REVIEW**

What the fucking fuck did I just fucking readddddd!!!??!

I am sososososo mad I read this. Which you can tell because of the gifs, mmkay?





This book has not one good thing going for it. NONE. ZERO. ZIP. ZILCH.





I'm not entirely sure what the whole point of the plot was for this book. On numerous occasions, I was going 'What?' 'Huh?'
It's all over the place, there are various scenes that the author has just decided to insert randomly that, in my opin...more
E. Anderson
I love a good road trip book. KISS THE MORNING STAR, a debut novel from Elissa Janine Hoole is just that -- a road trip book, heavily influenced by Jack Kerouac. Hoole's characters are taking a tip from DHARMA BUMS and heading on a "last hoorahs" trip the summer after college. The girls, Anna and Katy, are best friends, have known each other their whole lives -- and yet, something's off. Anna knows why -- the loss of her mother has left her guarded, quiet, scared. And Katy probably knows why, to...more
Reut
Originally reviewed on reutreads, a young adult book blog.

Sometimes, you guys, a book is good but you just can't pressure yourself to read it. This is totally the case with Kiss the Morning Star. Critically, the book is good, but it's almost too literary for me--it's hard for me to get into the mood to read it, much like I suspect most people feel about the classics or Shakespeare.

The storylines are good, the writing is absolutely gorgeous and insightful, in fact there were a few lines I'm going...more
Janina
I wouldn't have guessed from the blurb what this book would be about - although the hints are definitely there. Now I can't say that's the reason for me not really enjoying the story. Surprises are sometimes a welcome distraction. What I can say, though, (and this is definitely very much a thing of personal preferences) is that I had not expected this book to focus so heavily on religion and faith - a topic that I usually shy away from.
Yet, I would say the book mostly suffers from trying to foc...more
Kat Heckenbach
This is ANOTHER supposedly YA book that does not feel YA. The writing reminds me of Suburban Strange by Nathan Kotecki, both in style and in story. Weak main character influenced by overbearing and overly-done friend who spews forth constant one-liners and societal observances. (My Observation: read both Hoole's and Kotecki's bios and you discover the stories came from real-life experiences. I wonder if maybe one should not try to fictionalize one's own life. Maybe it's not possible to be subjec...more
Hannah
Feb 26, 2012 Hannah rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
I wanted to love this book, I really did. The premise sounded awesome - I love road trips (especially if they're set in the summer after high school), I love grief (well, obviously I don't love grief; but I love reading about grief), and I love romance. So I thought I would automatically love Kiss the Morning Star. But it just didn't work.

Kiss the Morning Star, at least the first half, focuses a lot on religion. I guess the description kind of says so - "Maybe somewhere along the way they'll pro...more
Jessi (Reading in the Corner)
When Anna and Kate set out on their post-high school road trip, the destination is unknown but that makes it all the more exciting. They'll camp and backpack and find their way across the country with little guidance besides a map and Jack Kerouac's Dharma Bums to guide their way. As their journey continues, it hits numerous road bumps (and some road blocks) that give them shaky moments, but along the way they also discover that their journey is as much about discovering themselves as it is abou...more
Tara
Review originally posted on my blog http://hobbitsies.net/2012/04/kiss-th...

I really enjoyed Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole. I’ve read a bit of Kerouac, and while I certainly won’t be running off to emulate his adventures, I do love books featuring road trips and oodles of self discovery, which basically describes Kiss the Morning Star to a T.

I loved learning about Anna and Kat as they learned about themselves and each other. The issues of sexuality and friendship and death and gri...more
Jen
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT http://wordslikesilver.com/2012/04/05...

Prior to reading Kiss the Morning Star, I found out that it was a road trip book. I was like, “HECK YES GIMME THAT BOOK”. I absolutely ADORED Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, which is also about a road trip. I just had to read this one. I read the synopsis and it sounded like a fun, self-realization type of read. It turned out to be kind of theopposite, in fact. It was, yes, a self-realization type of read, but it was also way-over-the-t...more
Sarah Marie
Hoole has created a great work here that inspires its readers to either rethink the decisions they have made in the past or to look deeper at where they are going in the future. Therefore, this is a great novel for young adults. I also really enjoyed the theme of finding ones sexuality. In reading "Kiss the Morning Star," the reader can see what it is like to struggle with sexuality... be it straight or homosexual. The characters created in this novel are not only believable, but actually take u...more
Mary
I loved the idea of going on a road trip with two barely adult girls with only Kerouac's Dharma Bums as their road map. Kiss the Morning Star reminded me of the time right after college my good bud and I traveled to Quebec City armed only with an atlas but no time piece. (this was pre cell phones) I loved getting caught up in the spirit of adventure and the unpredictable way road trips take shape. I also really liked the way that girls discuss the existence of god and where to find it. It's rare...more
Riley
Jun 01, 2012 Riley rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Riley by: http://elissajhoole.blogspot.com/2011/02/road-trip-and-road-kill-reflections.html
Shelves: 2012, young-adult
Elissa's prose is lovely. The book has an indie movie feel -- meandering and poetic -- and I really liked Katy.
Aleeeeeza
things i did not expect to be in this book:

1) so much discussion about faith. wow. it is mostly general and focuses on the MC trying to rediscover her faith, but sometimes the discussions got a bit too heavy for my tastes.

2) the road trip to be so...lame. and you can't blame me for thinking so. the summary claims that the road trip is 'epic' but after reading it the only destinations i can remember are gilette, wyoming and a tiny bit of vancouver. what what, dude? that is not my defition of epic...more
Lucia  The Loyal Book

Kiss the morning star si presenta come la storia di due ragazze che, dopo il diploma, decidono di intraprendere un avventuroso viaggio in macchina attraverso gli Stati Uniti. A far loro da guida è una copia del libro di Kerouac, I vagabondi del Dharma, che diventerà una specie di Bibbia e mappa del loro vagabondare. Le protagoniste sono Anna e Kat, amiche da una vita, che nell'ultimo periodo si sono allontanate.
Anna, figlia di un pastore che sembra aver perso la fede, ha dovuto affrontare la mo...more
Nina
I will go ahead and say it; I’m a sucker for road trip stories. I’ve never found one I didn’t like as there’s something about being out on the open road (or reading about someone who are) with no real plan or schedule that makes a great setting for stories. Kiss the Morning Star is no exception: I loved the road trip part of the story, even if I had some problems with other parts of it.

I had a hard time connecting with Anna, the main character. She completely shut down after her mother died, and...more
Rabiah
Originally posted at: http://iliveforreading.blogspot.in/20...

As far as road-trips in YA go, this one is quite unique. It's got the usual ingredients: a car, a map, some romance, and some crazy situations. However, the way in which Elissa Janine Hoole has mapped out this road trip to self-discovery is amazing. Granted, this book is also somewhat religious, but not in the way you'd expect. I love how that this is an unplanned trip (hence the uniqueness) and they use a book, Dharma Bums in order t...more
Jessica Leigh
For all the negative reviews this book has received, I think it deserves at least one positive one. This book was a perfect representation of the things that happen when best friends go on trips together. And in all reality, even though Kat & Anna's relationship may seem a little more intimate than most, I think every girl truly wishes for a relationship like the one that they share. Kat truly understands Anna like no one else... knowing when not to say what she knows she should, and knowing...more
Lisa Jenn Bigelow
To heck with Jack Kerouac. This book will make you want to go on a road trip, preferably with your best friend in the world. From the very first chapter, Hoole brings on big surprises, bigger laughs, and plenty of poignant moments from authentic teen characters.
Shawna
I could see where this was going and didn't want to go there. Teenage lesbian exploration is not something I want to read.
Vahini Naidoo
Mar 02, 2011 Vahini Naidoo marked it as to-read
One of my most anticipated books of 2012. I know I'm going to adore this one :)
Marie
This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. You can find it, and many more reviews at the blog.

I’d been wanting to read Kiss the Morning Star ever since I saw the cover almost two years ago. This book was and wasn’t what I was expecting. I was expecting an epic road trip (which I got), hints - or maybe more than hints - at a romance between Anna and Kat (which I got), and lots of self-discovery (which I got). Despite the ‘…prove or disprove the existence of God’ par...more
Christa  Seeley
This review originally posted at More Than Just Magic

This book came out last year and I can’t believe it flew under my radar for so long. It’s bold and beautiful and heart-wrenching and I absolutely loved every minute of it. Honestly, it oozed amazing out of every page.

Did you ever feel like a book was written just for you? Like all it’s themes and ideas had been plucked right from your head? Because that’s what I felt the entire time I was reading Kiss the Morning Star.

There are four main reaso...more
Britta
Road trip books are just one of those types of things that will never grow old. In some areas, Kiss the Morning Star lived up to the other books in the genre, in others it was laking bit. Overall, the novel was able to forge strong connections and personal revelations.


What I thought was comparable to other great road trip books was the adventure. There was definitely some weird interactions! But in a good way - the journey was fun and unique. What added depth was that the characters did not laun...more
Nicci
I fell in love with the cover of this book, which made me want to read it without even reading the summary. When I reread the summary, after I began reading the book, I was rather surprised that I had signed up for this tour. It is not the type of book that I usually enjoy, and it deals with some thing that are a bit outside of my comfort zone. However, I did end up enjoying this book, although I did not love it.

Anna irritated me a lot. I get that her family life absolutely sucked, but I felt li...more
Lynn
My first completed book of the new year! Anna, the narrator, and Kat her best friend, have decided to celebrate high school graduation with a road trip ala Kerouac, Kat's idol. They read passages along the way from The Dharma Bums and try to recreate his trip while inventing their own. Kat is open and gregarious while Anna is emotionally sensitive due to her mother's death when the family's home was destroyed. Along the way, Anna deals with her Christian faith, her pastor dad and Kat who is clea...more
Kelly
There were things I really liked -- Anna and Katy's relationship felt so real, intense, and honest -- and I liked the slow reveal of Anna's grief. But I found the writing to be weak, the threads not tied together well enough, and the condescending way the girls could treat each other outside of their romantic moments (seems weird since I liked their relationship on the whole, but there were aspects of it that grated on me, including the pet name Katy will not stop using for Anna).

The road trip f...more
Megan Anderson
This felt unfinished...and not in a "Ooo, who knows what the future holds~" kind of way. More as if the author wasn't sure how to end the book, so she just stopped writing. The best parts were the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, and there were a few interesting scenes, but most of the book was just sort of bland.
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