The Sky Always Hears Me: And the Hills Don't Mind
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The Sky Always Hears Me: And the Hills Don't Mind

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Sixteen-year-old Morgan lives in a hick town in the middle of Nebraska. College is two years away. Her mom was killed in a car accident when she was three, her dad drinks, and her stepmom is a non-entity. Her boyfriend Derek is boring and her coworker Rob has a very cute butt that she can't stop staring at. Then there's the kiss she shared with her classmate Tessa...

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Published September 8th 2009 by Flux (first published September 1st 2009)
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Nic
Rating: 4.5 stars

Oh what a charming book! The Sky Always Hears Me and The Hills Don't Mind is beautiful.

Little bit quirky, always fun and has a lot of heart. Cronn-Mills voice is brilliant. She really captures life as a teen especially how confusing those romantic relationship are ~ trying to figure out what you want. Also isn't afraid to talk about sex in a honest way. And if you are sensitive to bad language be warned as it doesn't shy away from that either.

Morgan is such a delightful characte...more
Nomes
I really liked this book.


It's definitely the kind of book I would have loved as a teenager. The main thing I loved, was Morgan. She's the coolest of narrators. I connected with her voice on the very first page. I love that feeling of only having read a page and realising, 'I am going to love this book.'

It's about Morgan and her life in a small town where she works at a grocery store (and perves on 19 year old Rob), is the girlfriend of popular jock-hottie Derek and next door-neighbour to Tessa...more
Emily
Did you love the movie Juno? Then I'm pretty sure you'll love this book. It has the same witty, charming, offbeat dialogue that just oozes cool. The comparison doesn't stop there - both narratives are relatively light-hearted in tone, but at the same time they explore more serious themes, such as teen pregnancy (in the case of Juno) and alcoholism, child abuse, death of a parent, teen sex and the big L word (in the case of this book).

That list makes it sound like it'd be an exhausting read, but...more
Alexa
This is a gem of a book.

There are many things to love here, but the main one is Morgan. She is such an engaging narrotor with such a compelling voice. From the first few lines I just knew I was going to love her and I did.

She's funny and fragile and strong and confused and honest and very real. She has a thing about words, wants to write the Great American Novel and fortune cookies. Plus she screams on hillsides. I completely get why quite a few other characters in this book were trying to kiss...more
Caroline
The Sky Always Hears Me and The Hills Don't Mind is absolutely fantastic. Morgan's voice is unique and you will want to read this book only for this!

Morgan is a roughly regular teenager, she is a bit of a geek so she isn't very popular. She doesn't have any friends, just Girls To Sit By at lunch, her having a popular jock boyfriend was a bit of an accident, and now she is stuck with him whereas he's a bit boring. She has a crush on Rob who works as an assistant manager in the grocery store where...more
Hannah
I thought Morgan's voice was absolutely hilarious for about, oh, 50 pages, and then I just got really tired of it. I also got tired of hearing about Rob's "cute ass" every other paragraph. Their relationship seemed driven almost purely by her physical attraction to him, and maybe that's how most teenagers are (I'm only 22), but it did not make me like or respect her.

There were a lot of little things I really liked about this book... the short scene where she's checking out all the women at the g...more
Debasmita
I can safely begin this review by stating that I LOVE The Sky Always Hears Me:And The Hills Don’t Mind! The title and the book cover is what attracted me in the beginning. For me,the title of a book plays quite an important part in building up my interest for the book and I must say that Kirstin Cronn Mills has given her debut book the most apt title! I can’t think of any other title for the book…and I love it!

Now to move on to the story,it was an absolutely wonderful roller-coaster ride! I enjo...more
Kiki
I had a few of problems with this book.

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Gabbie Day
The Sky Always Hears Me...But The Hills Don't Mind is definitely an interesting book. It's about a girl who lived in Nebraska, and is caught in a love "square" with two boys and a girl. Their town is very against gays and lesbians, so they get a lot of crap from everyone else. I think that this book was interesting and very realistic to me because I do live in Nebraska and close to the location that she narrates. I do recommend this book to anyone interested because it is a fun read and an inter...more
Lawranne
I had (and still am having) a difficult time deciding if I liked this book or not. I would say that I thoroughly enjoyed the way it was written. I honestly couldn't put it down. It made me laugh out loud on several occasions, and I was interested to see how Morgan would grow throughout the book. She is very funny and witty, and I love her quirky ambition to write fortunes for fortune cookies.

It definitely wasn't a great, touching read which I think is part of the reason I couldn't decide how mu...more
John Clark
This is a great book for teens trying to sort out confusing lives. Morgan's mom died in a car crash when she was three. Her dad drinks, her stepmother's not connected to her at all. She has a boyfriend who's pretty lackluster and she is intrigued by the butt of her co-worker, Rob. The linchpin of her life is her grandmother who she can talk to and confide in. When she needs to get away and go crazy for an hour or so, she borrows Gram's car and drives to a distant hill where she can yell at the...more
Phoebe
Nov 01, 2009 Phoebe marked it as to-read
How could I not want to read a book with a title this awesome?
Karen
Where to begin with my review? For me, reading THE SKY ALWAYS HEARS ME was like eating a delicious new flavor of cake: you know you love it, but you're not quite sure which ingredients were used. After some savoring of the writing, I believe these are key to the recipe:

-Morgan's voice, which hooked me as soon as I read the first chapter on the author's website. Smart, sarcastic, and saturated with a restless yearning for something more than a tiny little town in Nebraska she calls Central Nowhe...more
Katie
The first review I read about The Sky Always Hears Me: And The Hills don't mind made it shoot right to the top of my wishlist. When Id finally got a copy, I couldn't wait to read it. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint me in any way.

Morgan lives in a town in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do except work, write crazy fortunes, and stare at Rob's butt. Well okay maybe more than that but those are Morgan's favorite things. And from descriptions of Rob, I wouldn't mind staring at his b...more
Nicole
Nov 12, 2009 Nicole added it
If you love quirky reads then this is a book you should check out. I knew this novel would be interesting just by reading the chapter headings--they're all fortune writings collected from various restaurants. Morgan is an unconventional girl, and we journey with her through a year of her life that includes a chaotic relationship with her parents and grandmother, along with her complicated love life as she deals with falling for her coworker while already having a boyfriend (and we mustn't forget...more
Lauren
Aug 25, 2009 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don't Mind is a teen angst ridden novel making it a star in my eyes. If you aren't captured by this funny and sometimes heartbreaking novel at first, don't worry you will be by the end.

Morgan is a character whose facing a lot going on right now. Her boyfriend is boring and lousy in certain departments, she just kissed one of her ex-friends....whose a girl, and she and her fellow co-worker at work may have more then platonic feelings for each others. Plus, h...more
Liu Zhen
Title: The Sky Always Hears Me: And the Hills Don't Mind
Author: Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Pages: 264
Publisher: September 1st 2009 by Flux
Isbn: 0738715042 (isbn13: 9780738715049)
August 1, Morgan is spending her regular summer working in a grocery store. She’s a sophomore, two years away from college with an alcoholic dad and a “non-entity” stepmother, the only friends she has are those “Girls I Sit By At Lunch”, and a boring boyfriend. The only standout person Morgan mentions is her grandmother, the...more
Sharon
It seems that I’ve been reading a lot of gay theme books lately. I’m glad that books like The Sky Always Hears Me are becoming more popular. Morgan lives in a tiny town in the heart of America where mostly everyone is homophobic. I thought it was really funny how Morgan handled all these idiots. Overall, Morgan was an extremely funny and likeable character. I loved how she was always day dreaming about Rob and checking out his butt. It was just so outrageous. The way Morgan describes some of the...more
Marianne
If you've ever wondered what reading a 16 year old's diary would be like, this would be the book. Vignette style and titled with a fortune cookie saying from different Chinese Restaurants, I really enjoyed it in that I felt all-a-flutter of young love(s) and cringed at all the ansgt-y moments recalling my own youth back when I knew everything. I really felt Morgan's confusion throughout this whole book and the electricity between her, Rob, Tessa and the lackluster of Derek. It didn't feel like a...more
Karen
I would consider this a coming of age book about a 16yo (soon to be 17) girl named Morgan who has a lot going on with her life.

Let's see, she lives with her step-mom, her alcoholic father (her mom died when she was 3) and her two younger brothers. She has been dating Derek, who is on the football team, for 2 years now, even though she isn't that popular and even though she isn't completely sure about their relationship anymore. She has a grandma (her father's mom) who is always there for her and...more
Wendy
I got this book for my daughter but read it first. As you know I am a fan of YA books. This did not disappoint. And the author is awesome. I was given her name as a suggested author for my daughter who loves to read and who has recently come out. I contacted the Mrs. Cronn-Mills and sent along a note with the autographed copy of the book and was so kind.

I enjoyed the book a great deal too. The tone of the story, which is told by Morgan, was snarky and sarcastic bringing to mind Juno.

The story...more
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
I love reading about independent, confident, snarky girls, and Morgan is just that. I'm the exact opposite of all these things, so I tend to vicariously live through fictional characters and their brushes with an interesting adolescence. Mine was very normal: school, homework, that kind of thing. Morgan and Co. are a million miles away from my own life, yet I still found myself wishing I could be more like her. She's not a perfect role model by a long shot, but she doesn't take any rubbish from...more
Carol(ina)
The Sky Always Hears Me: And the Hills Don't Mind is now one of my favorite contemporary novels. The last time that a narrator really captured my attention was months before I read this book.

Morgan's voice was authentic, snarky, and real. Morgan dealt with things that many teenagers now do. While this book was about Morgan deciding between three romantic interests, it was also about coming-of-age and discovering her sexuality. But those aren't the only things that Morgan dealt with. She also dea...more
Sarah
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Maren Brekke
Mar 24, 2010 Maren Brekke rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Late teen girls
Recommended to Maren by: The author
I enjoyed this novel very much. I read it in just 7 hours, motivated both by the story and by the author which was written by my friend and teacher Kirstin. (Way to go!!! I am so proud and honored to know you.)I recommend this book to teenage girls (of which I have 3)and their mothers and all women who grew up in the Midwest in the 80's and 90's.

I related to Morgan as I was much like her in high school except that I wasn’t as self-aware. I grew up with alcoholic parents and step-parents too so I...more
Meg
With wit, warmth and dark humor, Kirstin Cronn-Mills weaves a powerful story in The Sky Always Hears Me: And The Hills Don’t Mind. Narrator Morgan is an intelligent teen who dreams of writing the Great American Novel, like many of us, but gets by on penning cryptic “fortunes” on Post-Its, napkins and register tape — anything she can find, basically, and leaving them strewn about like edicts from a higher power. When life gets too overwhelming, Morgan escapes to visit her grandmother, Elsie, and...more
Kelsey
Age: 8th-11th grade

Cronn-Mills has been unfortunately undetected for this witty, fresh novel. We're provided with an oftentimes ignored setting in the boonies of Nebraska. Morgan desires nothing more than to escape the boring small town life and be whisked away to New York to pursue her passion for writing. But she is still a junior in high school so, in the meantime, she whiles away her time working at the local grocery store, visiting her beloved grandma, and checking out the hot butt of her c...more
Lissette Dominguez(:
I Started Off With Hating This Book Completely But That Was Just in The First Chapter. When I Read More Into It I Realized It Was A Really Good Book. I Was So Interested And Drawn To it That I Wouldnt Even Put It Down. I Rate This Book A 5 Star Because Thats What it Deserves. I Love This Book So Much That I Was Dissapointed When I Finished It. I Cant Believe She Didnt Stay With Rob. They Made Such A Cute Couple. Ugh I Hate It When Books Dont Go My Way. AnyWays, Id Love To Read A Second Book If T...more
Meg C.
In my journey through the Young Adult Fiction genre, I've found that my level of annoyance with a narrator is in direct proportion to just how closely that narrator resembles my teenage self. Thus, I caught myself rolling my eyes more than once at Morgan Callahan who, like me, comes from the sort of town where the gas station parking lot is a hip hang-out spot and there isn't much else for teens to do but drive around the back roads until they run out of gas money. And much like 16-year-old me,...more
Steph Su
THE SKY ALWAYS HEARS ME is utterly incredible. It’s saucy and hilarious, twisted and touching. I can’t get enough of Morgan’s story and Kirstin’s writing.

Never before have I come across a protagonist like Morgan. Her snark and wit reminds me of Jessica Darling from Megan McCafferty’s hit series (which I love), but her conciseness of speech and thought reflects more of Courtney Summers’ characters (another author whose writing I love). Her voice had me constantly cracking up on the inside, a heal...more
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