Kiss the Morning Star


Two teenage girls take off on a road trip that becomes a high-spirited exploration of faith, loss, and love ? both carnal and divine

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Two teenage girls take off on a road trip that becomes a high-spirited exploration of faith, loss, and love – both carnal and divine

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Children's Literature - Heather Robertson Mason
Anna and Kat are setting out on a road trip the summer before college. Anna brings all the right supplies, a list of plans, and a clipboard in order to stay in control of the trip. Kat brings along a copy of Kerouac's The Dharma Bums instead of a map. While they both agree to follow the wind, really all Kat wants to do is break Anna out of the depression she has felt since her mother died. Anna is trying to make sense of the feelings of grief, her anger at her father, and her love for her best friend. The journey the two girls embark on takes them across the Northwest US and in and out of danger. These two pilgrims would make Kerouac proud. It is hard to pin down this book into one genre. It is coming of age since both girls are struggling to find their adult selves and understand the choices their parents have made. It is a romance between the two girls, one that had been brewing over the course of their friendship but never talked about or acted upon. It is an adventure with angry, drunk men and wild bears. The two girls make mistakes and often find themselves victims of poor choices, but their desire to keep going allows readers to forgive them. This is a book for older teens only. The choices the girls make are often dangerous, and there are descriptions of both drug use and sex. All of these scenes are purposeful and make sense in the story, but are still only appropriate for mature readers. The girls' romantic relationship is a central feature, but done so well, this book would make an excellent choice for libraries trying to build diversity in their collections. Overall a beautiful, touching and real story about self-discovery. Reviewer: Heather Robertson Mason
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Inspired by Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums, 17-year-old Anna and her friend Kat set out from Minnesota for points unknown with only the book and their sense of adventure as their guides. Each girl has her own reasons for embarking on this journey. Anna is still recovering from the death of her mother and she sees the trip as a way to escape the sadness that has consumed her for the past year; Kat not only hopes to awaken their dormant friendship but also to find proof of God's love-art, people, nature, drugs, church, and sex all make the list of possible evidence. Anna, however, has lost her faith and remains skeptical. From the Black Hills of South Dakota to Gillette, Wyoming, and beyond, the teens are memorable characters, and with each encounter they cross an item off their "God's Love list." By journey's end, it's their love for and faith in each other that helps both travelers find what they're looking for. In her debut novel, Hoole crafts a journey of self-discovery about two young women whose complexities add depth and meaning to the story. Anna is both fragile and strong, yet despite these conflicting traits, she comes across as real. Similarly, Kat's zest for life is in perfect balance to Anna's cautiousness, and Hoole's depiction of their differences as well as their similarities makes their friendship even more believable. A solid entry into the coming-of-age canon.—Audrey Sumser, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Mayfield, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761462699
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/28/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 638,413
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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