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Starless Sky Paperback – January 20, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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This is my first young adult contemporary that I ever read, and I'm very glad I did it. The story of a young girl dealt with her lost of her best friend was really unbelievably sad... Read morePublished on March 2, 2011 by Darlyn Rodzi
Starless Sky is the story of Kahlen who has lost her best friend, Emma. She's overcome with grief, unable to move on. Read morePublished on February 20, 2011 by Misha
Wow! It has been awhile since I've read a YA novel that had me so captivated that I kept thinking about the book even when I was supposed to be doing other things... like working. Read morePublished on February 1, 2011 by Michelle Sutton