Review: Her Name in the Sky

Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Genres: F/F romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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 asks Baker to be his girlfriend. She should follow the rules of her conservative Louisiana 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, yet wondrous, possibility.

I’m always trying to read more f/f books. This is a genre that is easily forgotten by a lot of people. So when I read one that I love, I have to shout it from the roof tops. And I really loved this.

This book was so painful. The angst. The pining. Every page was exquisite torture.

“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.”

The writing was poetic. The fact that this group of characters were seniors in high school means they are at a tipping point in their lives. So much change is around the corner, and you could feel that fear and excitement for them.

This is a very character driven story. I loved Hannah and Baker. Their friendship was amazing and when it started developing into more, my heart ached for them. I also loved that we saw friendships outside of the romance. It felt like every character was distinctive and complex. Hannah was so full of emotions, it was wonderful to see how much she changed and learned throughout the story.

There are some religious tones and conversations here as these girls live in a small town. Mostly Hannah and Baker trying to acknowledge what they feel along with what they were taught. This didn’t dominate the story and it never felt preachy. I think anyone who grew up with religion in their lives can relate.

This was a beautiful f/f romance, and ultimately a story about self-discovery. It was heartwarming and heart-wrenching, and I really recommend it.

Also, this is one of my favorite titles ever.

five stars

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