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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
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Published April 10th 2017 by Tantor Audio (first published February 23rd 2014)
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Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*


q, is for Quindlen

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
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Les Read
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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Alex
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, coming-out, ff-romance
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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theresa
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sapphic, lgbtq
tears have been shed time to join the bakerhannah brainrot club

check out my reading vlog for kelly quindlen's books here!
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Hayley
Jul 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have found a new favorite book!
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Jun 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who need a torture tactic
Shelves: lesbian, wlw-or-f-f, lgbt
This book was really - what do the French call it? - absolutely fucking terrible. I loved the first 25% of it. I was expecting a sweet romance with the delectable angst that accompanies best friends to lovers. However, the remainder of the book delivered me a pile of shit, for lack of a better term. Also, this isn't best friends to lovers. No one can be considered your best friend if they treat you the way B*ker treated Hannah.

Hannah and B*ker have been best friends for four years. However, rec
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Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sapphic-reads
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She thinks about Christ. How she'd like to lay everything down at his feet. "Here you go," she'd say, dropping everything down like a pile of wood. "You gave me this, and I have no idea what to do with it."


I picked this up because I loved Kelly Quindlen's traditional debut, Late to the Party, but this book completely surpassed my expectations with how good it was. Her Name in the Sky made me feel like my heart got turned inside out and ripped apart. It's a heartrending story of
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Laurie  |  LOHF
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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
Det. Nidhi
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sunny
Jul 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the intensities of the emotions this made me go through…! GAY!!!!!
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*.
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Kristin
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. ...more
Anna


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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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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Hsinju
A Non-Review

This is my second time reading HNITS (1st read: 5 stars; 2nd read: 4 stars) and it still hurts a little to relive parts of my teenage years through Hannah and Baker.

Told entirely through Hannah’s third-person point of view, this YA is angsty, dramatic, yet sweet and tender. I fully root for Hannah and Baker to be together from page one, and despite all the awful things they did to their friends and each other, I love them both. I think the self discovery and religious belief aspects
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XR
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
I read this a while ago and it tore me up, but I loved it. I did a quick read through and ugh, it still hits the same.
Michele
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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jut
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-s-books
i cannot form any coherent sentence, nothing is making sense, nor are my feelings making sense. this book fucked up my feelings in every way possible.

i need to say that, it is not the best book i read this year and it took me a while to get to like what i was reading/the characters, it was not one of the best books, but this book has its peculiarities that make you -reader- understand the characters and want everything to end well.

if internalized homophobia is a trigger for you, please be carefu
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bie
May 17, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sapphics
update: 1 star and thats because im generous.

my friend was reading this and we got to discuss it, which made me remember even more things i dislike about the book. the writing is mediocre at best and, you'd think there's character development, but in reality, the author keeps changing their personalities to fit a certain narrative.

also adding a tigger warning for attempted hate crime because i wasn't sure at first if i should call it that or if i was exaggerating in my mind, but i got confirmat
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ribbs
100000000/5 stars
Can I give a book more that 5 stars, well I am,
This book was beautiful, and painful, and such an amazing story I think everyone should read. I don’t think I can write a good enough review to tell you how amazing this book was. The friendships and the break ups were so sad and so real this book brought me so much pain. My eyes were tearing up at about the halfway point and didn't stop until the ending.
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Val
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sofia
Sep 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer
Good depressing sapphic book 😃 i cried, like, 3 times
If you liked this, you should probably check out Annie on my mind and The Miseducation of Cameron Post cause i think theyre kind of similar (well, in some ways: theyre all sapphic books that deal with religion induced homophobia)
I dont think I can forgive Clay tho, just wanted to say that 😬
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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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Jamie
When I made this goodreads account, I mostly just rated a bunch of books I could remember reading and didn't write any reviews. So I think I might start retroactively updating those ratings with my thoughts on the books.

Her Name In The Sky by Kelly Quindlen is essentially a young adult best friends to lovers novel where the characters have to battle severe religious and societal pressure, internalized homophobia and comphet to realize they are in love with each other.

The characters are wonderf
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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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maya
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
yup yup might be the best sapphic book i ever read

it's a little more intense than late to the party and a lot more harrowing and painful to read. it's one hell of a rollercoaster and emotional and i loved it.

kelly quindlen's books kind of read like a coming of age movie, both relatable and faraway at the same time. there were parts of the story that were so similar to my own life but also parts that i want for myself to happen so bad, it was an interesting balance.

and the romance. wow. it's a l
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Netgyrl (Laura)
4.75 Stars - Audible version - LOVED THIS BOOK

This book is lovely. I would say its poetic in some of the phrasing and descriptions of feelings in a way the pulls you totally into the moment. Sometimes when a book gets too flowery, I can find it off-putting but this book has just enough of it to elevate the moments that are deeply felt while everyday life is told plainly. Doing it this way keeps the special moments, special. A trip the grocery store is just a trip to the grocery story, but the ki
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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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rue
Aug 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i feel absolutely nothing i am so numb my head hurts i want to cry but the tears aren’t coming what did i just read
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Kelly is the author of YA novels She Drives Me Crazy and Late to the Party. She is also the author of the self-published novel Her Name in the Sky, which has sold over 25,000 copies through word-of-mouth in the queer community.

Kelly graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in English Literature and American Studies. She spent two years teaching middle school math with Teach for America
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