Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa HooleKiss the Morning Star by Elissa Hoole

Kiss the Morning Star

byElissa Hoole

Hardcover | May 15, 2012

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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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Title:Kiss the Morning StarFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:256 pages, 8.4 × 5.7 × 1.1 inShipping dimensions:8.4 × 5.7 × 1.1 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:Amazon PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0761462694

ISBN - 13:9780761462699


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smart and funny, but not for everyone This book came out last year and I can’t believe it flew under my radar for so long. It’s bold and beautiful and heart-wrenching and I absolutely loved every minute of it. Honestly, it oozed amazing out of every page. Did you ever feel like a book was written just for you? Like all it’s themes and ideas had been plucked right from your head? Because that’s what I felt the entire time I was reading Kiss the Morning Star. There are four main reasons why you should read this novel. 1) Road Trip. I know a lot of people love road trip novels. Myself included. Kat and Anna set out on the road with a vague idea of where they’re going and what they what to accomplish. They discover so much about themselves and each other on the way. I always wish I had taken a trip like this when I was younger. Maybe one day… 2) Jack Kerouac. I can’t say I’m a huge Kerouac fan (my own copy of On the Road is still lying unread on my bookshelf) but I have enjoyed what little I have read from him and the other Beats. The girls set off on this road trip with only a copy of Dharma Bums as their guide. I think this would be an amazing and liberating experience. And I think that Elissa Janine Hoole did a fabulous job blending in some of his philosophy with the journey of Anna and Kat. It never felt over the top or in your face. And it added an extra layer to the novel that gave it a more literary feel. 3) Religion/Belief. Anna’s father is a minister, so religion – specifically belief in a Christian God – has always been a part of her life. But when her mother dies that belief is shaken. Really shaken. She once found it easy to strike up a conversation with God. Now she’s not sure if he’s/she’s even there. As part of their voyage Anna and Kat make of list of different places one might find God – nature, sex, love, drugs etc. And then they start looking. This leads to some really, interesting theological conversations. I think this element of the novel will appeal to anyone who is or has ever questioned their faith. “It would not be fair to say that the fire stole my faith, since in truth it has been slipping away from me all my life, flipping between my fingers like a shiny little minnow–such a far cry from the trophy salmon that dangled from my father’s fist.” 4) Loss of a Parent. This is where this novel really hit home for me. Anna is suffering from the semi-recent loss of her mother. And I was about Anna’s age when I lost my father. The circumstances were different and I didn’t experience everything Anna did. But the grief? The sense of anger and guilt and numbness all rolled into one? I found that dead on. Kiss the Morning Star is a very raw, emotional read. Recommendation: Kiss the Morning Star is a smart, funny, thoughtful and heart breaking literary novel. It’s everything I want in a contemporary story and I need to get my own copy ASAP so I can read it again. That being said however, I don’t think it will be for everyone. Those who don’t care for religious elements in their reading (even if those elements consist of someone questioning their faith) may want to keep this one off their to-read list.
Date published: 2013-09-07