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Her Name in the Sky por Kelly Quindlen
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Her Name in the Sky (edição 2014)

por Kelly Quindlen (Autor)

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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. In this poignant coming-of-age novel, Hannah must find a compromise between the truth of her heart and the expectations of her community. She must break through her shame and learn to trust in the goodness of her friends. And above all, she and Baker must open their hearts to the saving power of love. Raw, moving, and teeming with unforgettable characters, Her Name in the Sky is a modern love story about the teenage quest for identity and the redeeming power of the human heart.… (mais)
Membro:Terryanne
Título:Her Name in the Sky
Autores:Kelly Quindlen (Autor)
Informação:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2014), Edition: 1, 414 pages
Colecções:Read
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:LGBTQ2S+

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A good book going through the journey of two girl's acceptance of their sexualities and feelings they have for each other. I'm sure that people with a religious background (in this case, a Catholic one) would relate to this book much more than I did. I'll be honest, it was hard reading through the last few chapters, it seemed very realistic to me and I think that's just the cold truth. Please know beforehand that there is a fair bit of homophobia from some of the character's in here but the book ends at a positive note. Don't expect to get a rom-com type of romance in this though! ( )
  nikkiyrj | Sep 18, 2020 |
This review can also be found on my blog.

Oof, this was a tough read. As the blurb states, this is about a girl falling in love with her best friend and struggling with those feelings. What the blurb leaves out is that both girls attend Catholic school and that their faith is quite important to them, as well as the people around them. Having grown up surrounded by plenty of Catholic family members, I found this quite an interesting slant to things, but I can definitely see that making this a difficult or impossible read for some people.

She wakes, hours later, in terror. She sits straight up in bed with her heart sprinting in her chest. Her face and neck are damp with cold sweat. She sweeps the back of her hand across her forehead and remembers, with the force of a stone slinging down into her belly, that she had been dreaming about God.

I thought Kelly Quindlen did an excellent job portraying high school friendships. The kids were all goofy and raucous and constantly referencing inside jokes. Unfortunately, it was so realistic that it grated on me at times and I found it a bit over-the-top and obnoxious. But I can respect the fact that this book was certainly not written for a 27-year-old, so the things that bother me aren’t likely to bother a teenage reader. And in a way it was quite nostalgic. I’ve had friendships like those and they are something very high school. Additionally, juggling a cast of six characters is quite difficult, but Quindlen handles it well. They are all their own discrete people with different mannerisms.

She tries to ask God, but she can’t seem to find God anywhere.

As I’ve already stated, I found the religious aspect to be quite interesting. Hannah struggles deeply with what she’s always been told about gay people contrasted with the feelings she herself is feeling. There’s a lot of potentially triggering content, as Hannah literally tries to pray the gay away. The scenes with her begging God for answers were absolutely heartbreaking and, while not really religious myself, I desperately hoped she would find a way to reconcile her faith with her sexuality. And it is really nice to see a book that seeks to find a connection between queerness and religion rather than abandoning faith entirely due to conflict. I think a lot of religious, particularly Catholic, folks in the lgbtq community will see themselves in this and appreciate it.

Sometimes I think God reacted the way he did because he was so, so anguished that Adam and Eve hated something about themselves. They didn’t realize how beautiful they were in the Garden. They didn’t realize how perfect they were in their love. When their eyes were opened—when they saw that they were naked—they felt as if they had to cover themselves. They thought what God had made was shameful and embarrassing and wrong. Can you imagine how that made God feel? How his heart must have ached to see them denying their beauty, their humanity, in front of him like that? It’s the most heartrending part of the story.

Overall, I think this is quite an important book for young adults. It offers a new path that I think a lot of stories bypass. And that’s fair, I can see why religion is hard for a lot of lgbtq people, but I can also see how it helps others. This is a tough read, but it’s also an important story of self-revelation and self-acceptance. I definitely recommend it if you think you’d find these topics interesting, or if you’re intrigued by any aspect of the premise. ( )
  samesfoley | Aug 17, 2019 |
I'm not entirely certain what drew me to this book. Young adult, Christian lesbian romantic coming of age book isn't exactly my ordinary reading material. Romance as portrayed in novels tends to trivialize the true beauty of love by reducing it to a montage of banal misunderstandings leading to overwrought grand gestures. This was a bit different. The emotions and behaviors had a legitimacy that fiction often lacks.

Moving and lovely.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway. Many thanks to all involved in providing me with this opportunity. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Jul 7, 2019 |
4.5 stars

A book where the events, the emotions and the characters will stay with you for a long time. A book that has made its way into our must-read and definitely will re-read lists. This YA friends-to-lovers, coming of age book is definitely amongst the best in its niche. The book primarily deals with the many negatively detrimental effects of the pressure to conform to the heteronormative demands of societal expectations and religion.

Read the full review @https://www.bestlesbianerotica.com/2019/01/her-name-in-sky-by-kelly-quindlen.html ( )
  LesficReviews | Feb 6, 2019 |
Succinctly, Hannah loves Baker and Baker loves Hannah but they're afraid, Baker more so than Hannah. It goes against everything they've learned in their Catholic school upbringing. Each goes out with a boy in their six-person clique, hoping their longing will subside and their mutual attraction is just an aberration. They're also afraid of what their parents might say if they discuss it with their parents, all god-fearing, good Catholics.

Her Name in the Sky started off a bit slow and ended up a bit preachy, but that did not detract from the story. The characters were great, teens, teachers and parents. The heartache felt by Hannah and Baker was palpable. In the realm of gay literature, it is a welcome component.

It's probably worth 4 1/2 stars, but I'm a bit conservative when it comes to that. ( )
  EdGoldberg | Oct 24, 2018 |
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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. In this poignant coming-of-age novel, Hannah must find a compromise between the truth of her heart and the expectations of her community. She must break through her shame and learn to trust in the goodness of her friends. And above all, she and Baker must open their hearts to the saving power of love. Raw, moving, and teeming with unforgettable characters, Her Name in the Sky is a modern love story about the teenage quest for identity and the redeeming power of the human heart.

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