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Monday, November 29, 2010

Book Review in 20 Words: The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don’t Mind

I won this book in Marieke’s How to Write Contemporary YA interview with Kirstin Cronn-Mills and I wanted to share it with you. The writer in me loves a challenge so I thought I’d see if I can convey my impressions of this book in 20 carefully-chosen words (excluding the book deets and some headings I’ve inserted for clarity). Must say, this was quite a challenge!


Tone of Story: Gritty, Honest, Intense, Humorous

Writing Style: Earthy, Economic

Main Character (Morgan): Sassy, Searching, Passionate, Witty

Themes: Sexual identity, Life choices, Family

Keep an Eye out For: Fortunes, Post-Its, Prom

My Reaction: Loved it


Author: Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Published: 2009 by Flux

Genre: Contemporary YA

Blurb: 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.

Have you read this book? What did you think???


Bluestocking said...

I saw Kirstin Cronn-Mills on a book tour and thought her book sounded compelling. So glad to hear it's worth the read. Putting it on my Christmas list now!

Mary Mary said...

Haven't read it (I'm not a big YA fan), but hey you did pretty well for your 20 words review. I'm assuming that doesn't include the blurb? ; ) Great, all the same!

♥ Mary Mary

Denise Covey said...

Hey Rachael wish I could be as succinct as you have been! You made it sound tantalising and I do like YA as I have to read them for work. Thanks for visiting and your comments on my story.:)

Joanna St. James said...

great and straight to the point I have started seeing this book around. Congratulations on your win.

Marianne Arkins said...

Loved your review, loved the blurb!! I'm so intrigued...

Anonymous said...

Haven't read it yet but I so want to because of what Marieke and you have said. :)

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