Monday, June 10, 2013

(48)The Moon and More by Sara Dessen

The Moon and More

Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Pages: 384


Emaline is looking forward to the summer after she graduates high school.  Like every summer she is working for her Grandma's realty business greeting rental customers to the ocean side community of Colby.  She is looking to spending the summer with her boyfriend, Luke and just chilling before they head off to college at East U, but life gets in the way.  Luke has been messing around with another girl, her absent father comes to town for an extended visit, and there is a cute guy in town making a documentary on a local artist. Soon, her summer turns out to be nothing like she expected. Will her last summer at home be full of fun and romance or will her her summer be full of stress, anxiety and no fun at all?

Almost from the first page, The Moon and More gives off a vibe that just screams "Summer".  Emaline is your typical teenage girl on the bring of adulthood.  She is feeling strangled by her family dynamics and can not wait to escape the confines, but at the same time she is nervous about leaving the safety of her small town and  her family.  Then you throw boys into the mix, and I could really feel for Emaline.  First there is Luke, her first love, her high school sweetheart. His easy going, caring nature is one of the things she loved most about him, but to hear that he was hanging out with other girls, well, it is not something Emaline is willing to forgive.   The breakup with Luke almost felt like she was losing her second family.  Then there is Theo, a big city kid who came to Colby with his boss to make a documentary about a local artist. He is the opposite of Luke in just about every way possible, but Emaline is attracted to his enthusiasm and ambition.

Bottom line, when it is all said and done, The Moon and More is just about a normal teenage girl with a normal family and normal problems.   There is a certain kind of beauty that can be found in "normal".  The Moon and More was the first novel I have ready by Sarah Dessen and I rather enjoyed it.  Any recommendations for what the next book of hers I should read?

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