by Lauren Emily Whalen


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Carefree sixteen-year-old Levon and contemplative seventeen-year-old Harmony are best friends and family – his DJ dad and her yogi father have been in love for years, and they all live together in Chicago’s vibrant Boystown neighborhood. So what if the dads have been arguing more lately, Levon’s latest girlfriend just had a pregnancy scare, and two summers ago, Levon and Harmony’s relationship crossed a very important line? They don’t need anyone but each other – until one September afternoon when Levon returns home to a half-empty apartment. Harmony and her father have moved to Los Angeles, where Harmony discovers a new side of herself, including an attraction to enigmatic classmate Elke.

Meanwhile, back in Chicago, Levon tries to adjust to life without Harmony and with an increasingly distant dad, throwing himself into a choice role in The Nutcracker and considering a professional dance career that would take him far away from the city he’s always called home. But as Levon and Harmony drift apart and back together, a sudden tragedy reveals a secret kept by their blended families – a secret that could change their already-complex relationship forever.

Told in Levon and Harmony’s alternating perspectives, with flashbacks to the times when life was easier (or was it?), Satellite is both an exploration and celebration of the messiness of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629898360
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
Publication date: 12/04/2017
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Lauren Emily Whalen is a writer, theater critic and performer who lives in Chicago with her cat, Versace, and an apartment full of books. Like her characters Levon and Harmony, she loves ballet and Creedence Clearwater Revival, and has called Boystown home for a very long time. Satellite is her first novel. Say hello at

Author photo by Greg Inda

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Satellite 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story with great character development. From the first few chapters on, Lauren made the characters real and relatable. I was definitely cursing the author's name a few times during the rollercoaster of a twist she added. As someone who has been living in Chicago for the last 5 years I loved how she brought the city to life. Every description was spot on and brought me to the spots I call home and some I have never had the chance to visit. Overall an excellent debut novel. I can't wait to read more of her work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s a beautiful story. If you call Chicago your home, read it. If you have a family that consists of biological and chosen members, read it. If you like ballet (or live ballet, re: me) read it. If you like beautifully woven stories from two protagonists that tie and weave together, read it. IF YOU LIKE THINGS THAT ARE GOOD, GET YOURSELF A COPY AND READ IT! This book was a page turner, and maybe I’m biased when I say I was drawn in quickly because of how pieces of the story resonated with me( again, re: ballet life and calling Chicago my home, amongst other things), but whether or not you find common ground with the characters Levon and Harmony (who feel like a beautiful amalgamation of many of my dearest friends) you’ll find yourself swept up by their story as I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, full disclosure: my sister is the author! And she has written a great book about family, Chicago, ballet, and complicated relationships (aka some of my favorite things). Satellite features excellent character development and each person (both the teens and adults) feels real. I also absolutely loved the Chicago setting - Boystown is captured perfectly. Levon, Harmony, and their family members and friends aren't perfect and I didn't always agree with their actions, but I always had empathy for them. Highly recommended!