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4.67  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Published December 4th 2017 by World Castle Publishing
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Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic little gem of a book! I loved that every character possessed such a range of complexity and interesting flaws. They felt like real people, like friends I might have had in high school, or at least wanted to be friends with! The story had plenty of intrigue, some twists and turns that keep you guessing about what might happen next. The dynamic between the two main characters is what drives the story, but I found myself drawn to all the other relationships in the book as well. ...more
Nikki Boisture
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best friends is too mild a word to describe Levon and Harmony, two Chicago teenagers whose fathers are in love. They’ve been friends since childhood, but there’s always been something more there, both in terms of sibling love and potentially romantic love. Their relationship delicately toes the line between strength and dysfunction. Everything changes when Harmony’s dad leaves Levon’s dad and takes Harmony to Los Angeles with him. Levon copes by losing himself in ballet, while Harmony discovers ...more
Teri Drake-Floyd
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's always great to read a book by a friend and say, "I know her!". I'm lucky enough to have been friends with Lauren Whalen for a number of years and have watched her journey to published author (and was lucky enough to test read Satellite many years ago, when it was a rough version of the awesome novel it is now!). I'm so glad to be able to leave this review as the first novel I've finished in 2018.

As an avid reader, lover of the Nutcracker and any/all classic rock, obviously I'm on the same
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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So, full disclosure: my sister is the author! And she has written a great book about family, Chicago, ballet, and complicated relationships (aka some of my favorite things). Satellite features excellent character development and each person (both the teens and adults) feels real. I also absolutely loved the Chicago setting - Boystown is captured perfectly. Levon, Harmony, and their family members and friends aren't perfect and I didn't always agree with their actions, but I always had empathy fo ...more
Richard Propes
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The messiness of love is at the core of Lauren Emily Whalen's first novel, "Satellite," a YA story about coming of age, coming into love, and both letting go of and discovering one's own identity.

The first thing you'll likely notice within "Satellite" is Whalen's gift for natural dialogue, a gift that will deepen your immersion into the story and into the lives of longtime best friends Levon and Harmony whose dads have been in love for years and whose uncommonly rich relationship weaves togethe
Maren Ford
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s a beautiful story. If you call Chicago your home, read it. If you have a family that consists of biological and chosen members, read it. If you like ballet (or live ballet, re: me) read it. If you like beautifully woven stories from two protagonists that tie and weave together, read it. IF YOU LIKE THINGS THAT ARE GOOD, GET YOURSELF A COPY AND READ IT! This book was a page turner, and maybe I’m biased when I say I was drawn in quickly because of how pieces of the story resonated with me( ag ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love when I have to read books for work and end up loving them! (Because when the other direction happens, it is so incredibly heartbreaking.)  Satellite, Whalen's first YA novel, is a great piece of realistic YA fiction.  She deals with first love, family dynamics, as well as confusion as to what it means to be a person.  Her characters sound like real teenagers, smart yet still confused in certain aspects of the world.  Quite a few YA novels these days aren't able to do that and it breaks my ...more
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