Her Name in the Sky

Kelly Quindlen

fiction lgbtqia+ romance young adult
emotional hopeful sad slow-paced

402 pages | first published 2014

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.

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emotional 96%
hopeful 50%
inspiring 42%
sad 42%
reflective 39%
tense 21%
challenging 14%
dark 10%
funny 10%
informative 3%
lighthearted 3%


medium 84%
slow 7%
fast 7%

Strong character development?

Yes: 92% | It's complicated: 7%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 88% | It's complicated: 11%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 44% | It's complicated: 24% | Yes: 24% | N/A: 8%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 72% | It's complicated: 13% | No: 9% | N/A: 4%

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