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Starless Sky Paperback – January 20, 2010

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Paige Agnew was born in Michigan. She has enjoyed being her school newspaper editor and writing the theme poem for her graduation. Her compassion and sense of humor is in all of her writings. When Paige is not writing, she enjoys sports, dancing, singing, and reading. She is also actively involved in her church and community. Paige is currently working on other books.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (January 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425188435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425188436
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,268,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer Coissiere "The Tough Critic" VINE VOICE on February 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
Typical teenager is the last thought to come to mind when thinking about Kahlen Thomas. Things become even worse for her once her only and best friend, Emma, dies. Without Emma, Kahlen wallows in hurt and pain. She does not look for comfort from anyone around her, because she does not want to be pitied. When she runs into a mysterious guy, who is spontaneous and living life to the fullest, Kahlen's life begins to mimic that of a normal teen. Starless Sky by Paige Agnew is a journey from one stage of life to the next for two unsuspecting teenagers.

Kahlen's parents did not ever think they would see her smile ever again. She is so focused on being broken-hearted from losing Emma. Kahlen never went out of her way to make any other friends, so when Kennley Morgan invades the creek, she frequents to clear her mind, she is unwillingly forced into a newfound friendship. Before she can protest, Kennley's presence in her life is revealing in many ways. Through silly games, such as "random," Kahlen learns from Kennley everything does not have to make sense. She just needs to go with the flow of life.

As much as Kahlen wants to ignore the connection she feels to Kennley, his mysterious ways keeps her asking him many questions. There are some things neither one want to say out loud about their own life, afraid of what the other will think. When all their cards are face up on the table will they still have the same connection? Or will Kahlen suffer the lost of yet another friend?

Friendship is something I do not take lightly. I can tell the author feels the same. The characters were teenagers dealing with everyday teen stuff, like rumors. I like the way the adult characters were not overly visible throughout the story. They were there to guide and advise as necessary.
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Blurb: Life is funny sometimes. Little kids drop ice cream cones, people in general often run in to screen doors, there's even the occasional moment when one might trip going up the stairs. Kahlen could expect those things, deal with them even. But what she didn't expect, not even in her wildest, horrific nightmares, that just as something so terrible could happen, something so wonderful could follow after it.
When Kahlen Thomas has a difficult time dealing with the lost of her best and only friend, she has hopes that the new boy at school, Kennley Morgan, will be the perfect distraction from her pain. She slowly realizes that Kennley doesn't as much distract her from her problems as much as he adds to them because of his own interesting past.

What Stephanie Thought: Teenage heartbreak and fallen innocence are portrayed magnificently in Starless Sky. Having written the novel when the author was a teenager herself, Paige Agnew captures the essence of how much it sucks being a teenager, but how beautiful it can be too.
Starless Sky was enjoyable because of how much I could relate to it -- both the scenario of troublesome high school days (the stresses of excruciating homework, boyfriend troubles, and friendship drama) as well as the main character, Kahlen's dilemma of not being able to come out of her shell completely. Labeled the school "bitch" (though to many, the "pretty bitch"), Kahlen, a self-declared introvert and failure, loses her best and only friend, Emma, to a terrifying car accident the beginning of junior year. If that isn't desolate enough, she almost immediately after Emma's death, falls into an intoxicating, mind-whirling relationship with the new bad boy in town, Kennley -- one she isn't sure she can get out of.
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Starless Sky is about a girl grieving the death of her best friend, and learning to open herself up again. The protagonist, Kahlen, is relatable and a pretty typical teen. I felt that Agnew did a great job of capturing the emotions and aspects of grief - the feeling of loss, the numbness, loosing the ability to focus on mundane things (school), and being afraid of heart ache again. I think Kahlen's reaction to loosing her best friend was very realistic, and this is impressive considering the author was only 15 when she wrote this!

Though I was impressed with the protagonist's characterization, the secondary characters seemed to fall flat. I even had a hard time connecting to Kennley, Kahlen's new friend and love interest... And unfortunately, this book has some editing issues. Many scenes felt drawn out, and some of Kahlen's inner reflections were repetitive. Honestly, I felt that at least ¼ of the book could have been edited out, without loosing anything pertinent to the story, which is very good.

I listened to this audiobook, which is read by Melba Sibrel. Maybe it was on purpose, but her voice... annoyed me. It seemed like she was trying too hard to sound like teenage girl. I actually liked the voice she used for Kennley more than the one she used for Kahlen. As much as I love audiobooks, I would recommend this book in print over the audio version.

Starless Sky is a sweet story about friendship, love, and loss. This is an impressive first novel by Paige Agnew, and I look forward to seeing how she grows as an author!
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