Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole

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When Anna sets out on a post high school road trip toward an unknown destination with best friend Kat, she thinks she's prepared for everything. Clipboard in hand, she checks off her lists: Set up tent. Study maps. Avoid bears. Feelings are not on any list. For the past year - ever since her mother's sudden death - Anna has shut down her emotions and shut out the people who love her most.

Kat is a different story. Clutching a well-worn copy of Jack Kerouac'sThe Dharma Bums, she radiates enthusiasm. Maybe, she thinks, this road trip will shake Anna back to life. Zigzaging across the Northwest, the girls encounter fellow travelers of all kinds. But throughout their journey, one question haunts Anna. It begins like a gentle rain and then becomes a raging storm: What place does Kat have in my life? Are we good friends? Or something more.

Kiss the Morning Star has been chosen as a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award in the Young Adult category.


About Elissa Janine Hoole

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Elissa Janine Hoole lives in Duluth, Minnesota.
Published May 15, 2012 by Skyscape. 245 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Anna, ordinarily restrained and now emotionally crippled, does her best to get into the Dharma Bums spirit, smoking weed, getting a tattoo, consulting with a shaman, dropping acid (unintentionally), taking care of her "persistent virginity"—with Katy—and, perhaps, finding God.

Apr 18 2012 | Read Full Review of Kiss the Morning Star

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We also learn that Anna is concerned with her virginity and frequently questions her own sexuality, especially when with her best friend Kat.

Jun 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Kiss the Morning Star

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