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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  3,187 ratings  ·  394 reviews
Hannah wants to spend her senior year of high school going to football games and Mardi Gras parties 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 ask
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Paperback, 402 pages
Published February 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*


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4 Stars

**This whole review is one big story from my life**

When I was in tenth grade I transferred high schools. Same relatively small town, different schools. So here's 15 year old Karly (shy, timid and full of self-loathing) starting a new school, sans her best friend and small social circle but now, once again, surrounded by her bullies from elementary school. It was terrible; my first month and a half there were a living hell. A funny thing happened though, I started to ma
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Les Read
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was initially very hesitant to read this novel. My past experience with religion was an unpleasant one, and I steered clear of most literature that made any reference to Catholicism/Christianity. But... this book did come highly recommended, so I decided to give it a shot.

Holy Moly…

I am humbled by this book. It’s difficult for me to write a review that does this literary work any justice because it’s extraordinary. As with any review, I can only draw from my own personal reading experience and
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Bark (2 Dumb 2 Read Blurbs)
This book started out so slow for me. Maybe it’s because I’m getting old and crotchety but reading about a group of beautiful, popular, well to do, catholic high school students getting reading for parties, ditching classes to get beignets and hanging out and getting drunk was not my idea of a good time. Nah, who am I kidding, it wouldn’t have been a good time no matter my age. I’ve always found this kind of thing boring. Give me messed up people and sticky situations any day. Somewhere along th ...more
Alex
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ff-romance, ya, coming-out
I usually cry a little when reading books, but this... This had me shedding tears in agony all the way through, some parts of it was so gut wrenching I almost barfed. I love the way the struggles in a catholic community is portrayed, but beyond that it's just a huge horror show all together.

Her Name in the Sky is as cruel to our main protagonist Hanna as to the reader. There is too much angst and pain, with no pressure valve to release some of the bad feelings it conjures, all the bad clogs up a
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Penny
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The sweetest novel I've read lately. Definitely going into my favorite YA f/f themed pile (:

The narrative mode used is one I particularly like: third person in present tense. It brings us readers close to the story, since we experience the events while they're actually happening.

As for the plot, though simple, it is extremely well written: it revolves around a group of six friends during their senior year in high school. More specifically, Hannah. She's the average teenager: full of life, expect
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Tinything
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the mistake that i made was that i should never ever planned to start a new book for a few chapters before sleep, especially at 5am when i knew that book was going to be so great. And here i am, 7 hours later without sleep. And boy, did i regret it? Nope! Though my head is so heavy right now, urghh..

Why did i suddently crave for angst type of book? I felt like i just cried for 5 hours straight. This is absolutely a beautiful and heartwreching book. I seriously dont know how to review this
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Kristin
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The sweetest and most heart wrenching novel I've ever read. I have been recommending this book to people who don't understand gay people. A really touching story. A story that could enlighten both teens and adults alike.
Olivia
I almost ugly cried reading this lovely coming of age story. My tearing up here and there could not be helped however. This is so beautifully written and aptly tackles how one reconciles the conditioned archaic notions of religion, unconditional love/faith and friendship. Be forewarned that some parts may seem a bit preachy especially if you’re an atheist. But being an agnostic, I found these parts were integrated into the dialogue quite seamlessly. It's a great read, definitely worth the 4.5*.
Michele
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to say that i'm perplexed as to how to review this book. I actually did not love it as much as I thought I would, which is not to say it wasn't well written because it certainly was.

If you are a gay teenager, where your family and/or community is well ensconced in religion, then this book will most likely feel like a life preserver. I grew up Catholic. Mass every Sunday, prayer before meals, catechism classes for 8 long ass years, yet I never felt like the religion was drilled into my hea
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Det. Nidhi
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jem
In her last year of high school, Hannah looks forward to the senior prom, the trepidation and excitement of college applications, spending time with her best friends before they go their separate ways, and of course, the parties. She lives in a conservative Catholic community and attends mass weekly. Even the school she goes to is steeped in all the Catholic traditions and teachings. Still, teenagers being teenagers, Hannah's friends find ways to go around parent and school restrictions to spice ...more
Val
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I. Loved. This. Book. This story takes place in Louisiana where I was born and spent the first 22 years of my life. I was not raised in a Catholic household (like the characters in this book) but I did grow up in a strict Southern Baptist home. Though in many ways these religions are different, they both have been used to guilt and shame homosexuals. The struggles these young women face in trying to love one another brought back so many memories of heartache and struggle in my own younger self. ...more
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What to say about this book? ....

Only that this was a deeply moving story of friendship, acceptance, sacrifice, sadness, self hate, prejudice, religion, denial, duty, love .... and everything in between.

It dealt with difficulty coming-of-age brings, and all the deeply raw and painfully real emotions that come along with the process of finding yourself and growing up. Everything about this was beautifully handled and written about.

It frustrated the hell outta me at times though, omg, but it
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Natsu
This is one extremely beautiful and well written story + great cover art. It feels like 6 stars out of 5. Definitely makes my list of YA favourites.

It tackles a lot of issues.. sexuality, religion, equality, discrimination, and acceptance of others and one's self. It's a story of friendship, family, love, betrayal, brokenness and healing.

It gets pretty hard to read, in a good way, where the emotion is just so raw and intense. The emotion just oozes right out of the pages for consumption. I was
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Kennedy
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was not a read I was looking forward to because I thought it would bring back sad and painful memories. Well, it did. But I am glad I was in the mood to read and reflect on my life and examine how much I have changed and how I view the past through a different lens. Christianity and in particular Catholicism is a love/dislike relationship for me. Attending catholic school was a joy most of the time. However, as I grew older and came to acknowledge my sexuality, the joy was compressed to som ...more
Angie
It's rare these days that I read a book and am blown away by it. It's even rarer that I read and book and then immediately go back to page one to start it again. And then, when I'm finished reading through a second time, go back reread moments of the book again and again because I don't want it to ever end. Her Name in the Sky embodies everything I know fiction can be: entertaining, edifying, painful and honest and real, and completely satisfying.

I'm always a little depressed after I finish a b
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Anna Banana


This has to be one of the most beautiful stories I've read this year. Truly, this book surprised me in all the best ways.

I've been trying desperately to read more LGBT+ books, especially F/F since it's one that is forgotten in the romance genre and is often pushed aside. And most of the F/F books I've read have been pretty good but this book...damn this book was more than "pretty good". I didn't think it was possible for me to connect to a story as much as I did this one. From the moment I star
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Natasha
SapphicAThon: Friends to lovers

4.5/5
Erin
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: if you're young and LGBT, be aware it's very depressing
After finishing this book, I poked around and found the author's blog, where I saw that she'd shared the quote: "In America, where writers are preoccupied with the craft of writing, I always try to introduce this concept of the badly written good story. Turning the hierarchy around and putting passion on top and not craft."

This idea, from Israeli writer Etgar Keret, has some bearing on how I felt about Her Name in the Sky. To be clear, I don't think this story is badly written. I did have some
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Patrick
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book utterly broke me.

I initially considered leaving the above statement as my entire review for this book, figuring that brevity might drive the point home better than my rants could, but ultimately, that wouldn't do this book justice. While I am in no way adequate for that task anyway, I'd like to give it my best all the same to show my appreciation for this exceptional novel. This is a somewhat long review, but I don't actually intend to discuss much of the specifics of the novel’s plot
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~ * K E L L I E * ~
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Her Name in the Sky is an emotional coming of age story that is beautifully written.

The book covers a range of emotions and topics - confusion, discovery, denial, uncertainty, angst, happiness, sadness, friendship, family, religion, love, betrayal, guilt, despair, questions, answers and everything in between.

If you only read one YA book in your life do yourself a favor and make sure it's this one!

Get on board the emotional rollercoaster that is Hannah and Baker's lives.

5 stars all the way!
Kathryn
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathryn by: Listopia- Best F/F Romance Books
The religion aspect (catholicism) of this book is really gross. Religion is what makes us feel ashamed and hate ourselves for who we are even though homosexually begins in the womb. We are born this way. It is not a choice. Hannah and Baker try to come to terms with who they are even with the crushing weight of catholicism to weigh them down and drive a wedge between them. This book makes some excellent points.
elisabeth
This book was so good that even though it was a love story between two rich white lesbians that was dotted with purple prose and totally ignored the sister character until 2/3 of the way through the book, i'm STILL GIVING IT 5 STARS and I'm mad about it. The raw emotion that Quindlen explores in Hannah's coming out, and Hannah's feelings towards Baker is just so good? and So On Point? And the dicussions of faith v homosexuality are so nuanced and well written and I'm just....floored.
Jam
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq-plus, wlw
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH
alejandra .*・。✧.˚
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sapphic-rep, 2017, owned
i read this in one sitting and, honestly, i don’t think i’ve ever felt so happy with a book ending
M. Hollis
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbqtia, 2016reads
Her Name in the Sky started really interesting and I thought this was going to be a cute love story dealing with coming out in a catholic community. In the first pages you have two best friends suddenly falling in love, cuddling, kissing and I let myself be mistaken by the fluffy scenes in the beginning.

Then they had sex, started to fight each other, dated boys (when they were clearly not into them), spent half of the book without even talking to each other and feeling miserable. I felt uncomfor
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Kate Stericker
Although I recognize that this book might be valuable to readers with strong religious faith or those who have not experienced much of the queer YA genre, I found it dissatisfying. The troubles Hannah and Baker face as a result of their queer orientations are so extreme that the story begins to feel indulgently angsty, particularly since very few of their problems come from external sources--(view spoiler) ...more
Megzz
I'm really not usually a fan of coming out stories or overly dramatic storylines, but damn. Her Name in the Sky is an exceptional book. This story is about falling in love, finding yourself, falling apart, in a society that is pressuring you into hiding who you are and who you love.
I have never been subjected to any kind of discrimination or acts of hate for my sexuality, not even close, nor have I ever fallen in love with my best friend, yet... Kelly Quindlen was able to make me project myself
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Heidi
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
A well written YA novel... Full of teen aged angst and coming to terms with being gay and catholic! Good characters.
Pandanator
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Catholicism. Compulsory heterosexuality. Teen angst. This book has it all!
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Kelly wrote her first story, a gripping tale about the Easter Bunny, when she was six years old. Her debut novel, Her Name in the Sky, was featured on BuzzFeed and AfterEllen. She is also the author of the Wattpad novel A Different Kind of Us, which won a 2015 Watty award.

Kelly graduated from Vanderbilt University and spent two years teaching middle school math with Teach for America in Baton Rou
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“I can tell you that I believe—that the human heart’s mysterious ability to love others is never wrong. Your heart will never ask your permission to love. It’s going to love whomever it was made to love, and the best thing you can do is follow it.” 33 likes
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