The Sky Always Hears Me: And the Hills Don't Mind [NOOK Book]


Sixteen-year-old Morgan lives in a hick town in the middle of Nebraska. College is two years away. Her mom was killed in a car accident when she was three, her dad drinks, and her stepmom is a non-entity. Her boyfriend Derek is boring and her coworker Rob has a very cute butt that she can't stop staring at. Then there's the kiss she shared with her classmate Tessa...

But when Morgan discovers that the one ...

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Sixteen-year-old Morgan lives in a hick town in the middle of Nebraska. College is two years away. Her mom was killed in a car accident when she was three, her dad drinks, and her stepmom is a non-entity. Her boyfriend Derek is boring and her coworker Rob has a very cute butt that she can't stop staring at. Then there's the kiss she shared with her classmate Tessa...

But when Morgan discovers that the one person in the world she trusted most has kept a devastating secret from her, Morgan must redefine her life and herself.




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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Sixteen-year-old Morgan hates almost everything about her life in Central Nowhere: constant fights between her verbally abusive, alcoholic father and weak stepmother; dreary dead-end job at the local grocery store; boring relationship with boring, dumb, jock boyfriend; and vicious rumors that she is in a lesbian relationship with her spiky-haired next-door neighbor. So it is no wonder that Morgan frequently drives far out of town and shout her rage to the sky: "I'M A LOSER—I HATE EVERYBODY—SCHOOL SUCKS—MY PARENTS SUCK—I AM A SECRET SEX FIEND." The only bright spots in Morgan's life are her growing attraction to a sexy coworker and her close friendship with her paternal grandmother, a retired classical pianist. But Morgan's new closeness with Rob forces her to make painful choices about her other relationships, and she is about to discover that her beloved grandmother is not all that she seems. Cronn-Mills ably catalogs the frustrations faced by an ambitious, passionate teenager in an isolated Midwestern town. Some of the social dynamics of Central Nowhere are implausible: Would Morgan really be a social zero if she is the girlfriend of a hunky football star? Would Tessa really be a leader of the popular girls if she is such a bold free spirit? Likewise, the dark history of Morgan's father and grandmother feels contrived and unconvincing. But from start to finish Morgan's own voice —her rages, her dreams, her quirky sense of humor, rings true. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Morgan lives in central Nebraska, a fact that, along with PMS and life in general, drives her to the hills to scream her lungs out, usually something along the lines of "DIE ASSHOLE DIE." She has a "dumb jock" boyfriend, whose penis she compares unfavorably to those in Playgirl and who bores her . . . sexually and otherwise. Morgan also has a crush on the assistant manager at the grocery store where she works and was recently kissed by Tessa, the popular girl who lives next door-and she kissed her back. Throw in an alcoholic father, a long-suffering stepmom and a big family secret for a dog's breakfast of angst. Morgan, an aspiring author, takes comfort in writing fortune-cookie messages, escape fantasies and her hip, flawed grandmother who listens almost as well as the hills do. Morgan is a well-drawn character and her funny, frank, profane-but-literate first-person voice rings true and strong. Her emotional landscape is all shades of gray, and teens might well find it liberating to meet a character who can, in the end, take on life's messiness and forgive it. (Fiction. 14 & up)
Publishers Weekly
Written with candor and splashes of humor, Cronn-Mills's first novel explores the muddled emotions of Morgan, a high-school junior stuck in "Central Nowhere," her name for her small Nebraskan hometown. Whenever she gets too fed up with life, Morgan drives to the country and screams confessions to the sky. Besides being plagued with feelings of entrapment ("I imagine what it will be like to leave here, and my heart sings a little"), she tires of her "dumb jock" boyfriend, develops a crush on an older boy who works with her at the local market and doesn't know what to make her kiss with a female classmate. Then there's the matter of her father's drinking problem and a family secret so large and ugly it threatens to ruin her relationship with her grandmother, the only person who understands her. Presenting more dilemmas than pat solutions, this provocative story captures the essence of adolescent ennui and uncertainty through an uncensored first-person narrative. Stubborn, quick-witted and determined to make her dreams come true, Morgan will draw sympathy from readers. Ages 12—up. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738722658
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 495 KB

Meet the Author

Kirstin Cronn-Mills is the author of Minnesota Book Award finalist The Sky Always Hears Me And the Hills Don’t Mind and Beautiful Music for Ugly Children. Cronn-Mills received her doctorate degree from Iowa State University and currently teaches in North Mankato, Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and son.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    The sky always hears me and the Hills dont Mind

    The story was about a girl growing up in a small little town and always wanting to grow up and leave, but never could. She meets a nice boy who she likes, but in the end thier differences split them apart, because of thier different dreams.

    I liked how the writer was really able to find a way to connect with me, making all of her problems my problems and wanting me to read on. But sometimes the character reflects the authors opinions about things and I feel they are a liitle ignorant.

    She goes through pretty much the same problems as us everyday, but has found ways different from anyone else and makes the book very interesting.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    Compelling, direct and thought-provoking

    This one has every ingredient necessary for the making of a terrific Coming-of-age-novel. With a sharp tongue, a sharper wit and the ability to put things in such compelling order that the reader is moved to follow the novel's heroine through a veritable cornocopia of topsy-turvy life-altering and life-defining events from beginning to end with very little effort, author Kirstin Cronn-Mills leaves no doubt that she can view life through the eyes of a teenage girl with notable ease and admirable precision. Via an extremely refreshing and original perspective, Cronn-Mills does a superb job of creating a teenager's somewhat troubled, but often-stubborn, vernacular. The story revolves around Morgan, a high school sophomore, and her internal conflicts concerning both her present life, in boring Central Nowhere, Nebraska, and what she hopes will be her future life, a life with time spent writing the Great American Novel, of all things. From the onset, the reader FEELS Morgan's angst, grief, despair and mini-triumphs as she makes strides towards better understanding the people in her life and her place in the universe. Cronn-Mills has created a valuable dynamic between her lesbian friend, Tessa, as well as her two "boyfriends," Derek and Rob. And not to forget the semi-disfuntional family she "coexists" with. Above all else, though, the reader witnesses Morgan's penchant for "standing her ground" at the very same time she reinforces her own steadfast values and positively affects the values of those who surround her. Ultimately, there is the profound message that each and every one of us is invited to the "dance," and that all of us are entitled to forgive and forget, to tolerate and, ultimately, to respect. I recommend THE SKY ALWAYS HEARS ME because of the many positive messages contained herein. I am positive that this novel will NOT disappoint!

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

    A wonderful story with a main character I could relate to.

    A wonderfully written story about a teenage no one girl living her life and dealing with the crap that comes along the way. I can almost 100% completely connect with Morgan and heremotions throughout the entire story. I fully recommend this book especially to anyone who has ever felt teh need to scream their head off!

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