Friday, 16 April 2010

Review: The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don't Mind by Kirstin Cronn-Mills


Publisher: Flux
Format: Paperback
Released: September 1st, 2009
Grade rating: A


Amazon summary:

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.

Review:

I love reading about independent, confident, snarky girls, and Morgan is just that. I'm the exact opposite of all these things, so I tend to vicariously live through fictional characters and their brushes with an interesting adolescence. Mine was very normal: school, homework, that kind of thing. Morgan and Co. are a million miles away from my own life, yet I still found myself wishing I could be more like her. She's not a perfect role model by a long shot, but she doesn't take any rubbish from anyone, and she lives how she wants to.

Morgan's voice is brilliant; clipped and sharp, with sarcasm available on demand. Her I-don't-care attitude is something to aspire to, and the ability to block out nasty taunts and comments is sure to be a highly desired personality trait amongst teenagers.

Morgan goes through a lot in The Sky Always Hears Me, and a lot is packed into its average page count. She faces choices about her romantic life, her home life, and her future after she leaves Nowheresville. All these plot strands are handled realistically, and they could easily be happening to every student in your nearby high school. The teenage years are a time of change and hard decisions, and Cronn-Mills delves into this with both feet.

Sexual identity is addressed, the topic of sex isn't glossed over, and swearing isn't tactfully omitted. It's very much a book about honesty; both to yourself and to showing the world as it is, and I loved every single page.

10 comments:

Michelle said...

I'm drawn to characters opposite myself as well. I think this sounds like a great read. Thanks for your review. :)

Steph Su said...

Oh YAY! I'm so glad you liked it as much as I did. There's just...a certain something about Kirsten's writing, isn't there? :)

Kate Evangelista said...

"I tend to vicariously live through fictional characters." I do too!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Brilliant review! I live vicariously through characters, too.

Glad you loved this so much!

LovesSam said...

You've mentiond this one a few times to me, and for some reason it just doesn't call to me as a reader, but this review made me really think that maybe I should give this one a try

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Oh, what a wonderful review - you've made me really want to read it! The main character sounds great.

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

What an interesting and intriguing title! Great review too, I really like the sound of the main character!

Becky said...

Hmmm... I think this is a maybe. You know my English sensibilities so I'm not sure if the issues discussed will be explored in the right way for me. I guess I would have to read it to find out. I do like the sound of the truthful heart of this.

I Want To Read That said...

Ooh I ordered this today - glad you liked it:)

Lauren said...

Fantastic review, Jenny. I love your description of the MC, and I can totally relate to her appeal. I nearly ordered this one in the past week, but decided I'd been bad enough on the book purchases for April. Sounds like one for May!