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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Kiss the Morning Star based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I love a good road trip book. KISS THE MORNING STAR, a debut novel from Elissa Janine Hoole is just that -- a road trip book, heavily influenced by Jack Kerouac. Hoole's characters are taking a tip from DHARMA BUMS and heading on a "last hoorahs" trip the summer after college. The girls, Anna and Katy, are best friends, have known each other their whole lives -- and yet, something's off. Anna knows why -- the loss of her mother has left her guarded, quiet, scared. And Katy probably knows why, too. She's tired of treating Anna with kid gloves, she's tired of waiting for her friend to come back.As the two girls bicker on the road, across state lines, running into creepy pastors, thieving small town mean girls, tattoo artists, hippies, and bears, they're learning each other's secrets. There's Katy's gun for one thing. And Anna's notebook is full of confessions. Like, what if she's falling in love with her best friend?Both a friendship story and a romance, a story of grief and of recovery, KISS THE MORNING STAR is refreshing and new -- a story I haven't read before. It's the story of two girls finding themselves and each other, of reconciling with family, of camping in the woods and leaving no trace, of art and literature and America. Hoole's debut is an absolute treat. I'll be looking for some stars on this title, for sure.
Road trip books are just one of those types of things that will never grow old. In some areas, Kiss the Morning Star lived up to the other books in the genre, in others it was laking bit. Overall, the novel was able to forge strong connections and personal revelations.What I thought was comparable to other great road trip books was the adventure. There was definitely some weird interactions! But in a good way - the journey was fun and unique. What added depth was that the characters did not launch their trip out of happiness, but out of grief. As they tour the U.S., they are also (in the least cheesy way possible) touring their own subconscious; coming to terms with who they are and what they do and do not have to power to change as an individual. The development the characters go through is impressive. I was not expecting the more romantic side to the plot and the characters. So, there are for sure a few surprises. My criticism lies in the parts that felt kind of slow or forced. Some of the interactions between the two main characters (and a few between the MC and supporting characters) felt really awkward and uncomfortable. I'm sure the author meant for this to an extent, but at some parts I just wanted to cringe (and did). This is not me objecting to the actions, but that the true emotions did not transfer and instead seemed uncomfortable for the characters (and consequentially, the reader). If you're a road trip lover, I'd give it a shot.