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Her Name in the Sky

Narrated by: Piper Goodeve
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Literature & Fiction
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Summary

Seventeen-year-old Hannah wants to spend her senior year of high school going to football games and Mardi Gras parties. She wants to drive along the oak-lined streets of Louisiana's Garden District and lie on the hot sand of Florida's beaches. She wants to spend every night making memories 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 asks Baker to be his girlfriend. She should follow the rules of her conservative community - the rules that have been ingrained in her since she was a child.

But Hannah longs to be with Baker, who cooks macaroni and cheese with Hannah late at night, who believes in the magic of books as much as Hannah does, and who challenges Hannah to be the best version of herself.

And Baker might want to be with Hannah, too - if both girls can embrace that world-shaking, wondrous possibility. Contains mature themes.

©2014 Kelly Quindlen (P)2017 Tantor

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Not what I thought

I bought this book thinking it would be a love story between the two girls, however after the first few chapters they barely share a scene together. It's much more of a reflection on one of the characters coming out journey and struggling to come to terms with her love for her best friend, the impact on her friendship group, and her faith in relation to her sexuality. Which isn't a terrible thing, it's not poorly written (I mean, all the reflection does drag on a bit!) but ultimately not the love story or book I thought I was buying. I feel like the story I wanted to read was what happened next.

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moved me

such a captivating listen, with sincere and beautiful writing. a fantastic book that gets to the root of what love truly is.

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A fantastic, moving story

This was a beautiful book. The writing was at times a little disappointing but at other times absolutely beautiful. The biblical imagery used was very effective and this book spoke to me greatly as someone raised Catholic. The love story is sweet and the happy ending makes this a must read, given so many stories about gay women end in heartbreak. This book evoked so many emotions for me and I would definitely listen to it again.

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A, bit heavy on religion for me but...

Bit too heavy on the religion aspect but otherwise a good rewarding and sensitive portrayal

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STUNNING!!!

probably my most loved story to date. story was fantastic, all the characters story's and the narrator was brilliant. I'm not religious and although it has some parts about religion , it is by no means trying to make you believe or not believe something. It's a fanatic book and I would recommend it for anyone. listening to this book I could really feel for the characters, it gets right to your heart and you find yourself feeling there pain and happiness.

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  • Angela Stewart
  • 16-05-17

great story, well told

wish I could listen to it again for the first time. an excellent young lesbian love story

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  • Kelli M
  • 03-06-17

Wonderful!

Do not pass this book up...so well written and the narrator does a great job. This is one of the best stories written in this genre...very real, believable and full of feeling...I could feel the heartache as if it were my own...its a must read/listen!

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  • whoa!
  • 16-06-17

Such a good read

I read reviews and listened to the audio sample before I purchased...
honestly, I wasn't that impressed with the sample. I thought, "what the heck. I'll just get it."

It's a very realistic book. It captures the inner struggle some face in regards to religion and morality when coming out. I truly loved and cared about all the characters. The author described the setting and feelings in a way where you could see it and feel it. I felt the heart break ,and I felt the love.
I enjoyed the narrator as well.

Just get it. What have you got to lose?

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  • Summer
  • 20-02-18

Loved This Book

Great story. Very sweet and has a happy ending thank goodness. Excellent reader as well.

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  • Angela Thomas
  • 04-05-17

Wonderful book of 1st love

As I read this book I thought back and wish so much times were different when I was younger which brought so much emotion to me as I read this wonderful book. I recommend it to anyone who feels the same or just to anyone who wants a good book to read and enjoy.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-04-17

Fantastic.

Thos book could have been by numbers. It isnt. sich a great exploration of what it feels like to be young and in love. My only negative is maube the boys in this book are a little too eloquent and mature towards the end. Explores many issues and handles religion especially well.

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  • kyra smith
  • 14-06-18

Beautiful teen love book

The book was an adorable love story. It faces a lot of religious controversy and does so in a way that makes the reader connect to the story. Loved the plot and the characters

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  • Kimberly Tibbetts
  • 18-05-17

Intense, relatable, beautiful coming of age story

What made the experience of listening to Her Name in the Sky the most enjoyable?

I got genuinely invested in each character and what they were going through. The character development made the book whole and full of substance.

What did you like best about this story?

I like that Hannah and Baker, while going through similar things, come to terms with who they are in very different ways. The sometimes tortured path they took was hard to see them go through, but it felt honest and real.

Which character – as performed by Piper Goodeve – was your favorite?

Piper Goodeve brought all the characters to life in such a way that was touching and memorable. Her narration truly added so much to the experience of loving this book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was moved by every part of the story and it will remain etched in my memory for a very long time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-18

best YA lgbt story ever

The book alone is magnificent, piper’s performance is just amazing. I was so drawn to the story and the narration. Really really good story.

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  • Alexis Franzotti
  • 18-04-17

Decent teenage love story

All the Catholic religious stuff was really annoying but aside from that the story is a cute one. Nothing ground breaking but decent enough to justify the price.
The audio performance was really good overall, no complaints there.

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