Wednesday, May 15, 2013

REVIEW: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

For everyone who knows me on a personal level, knows that Sarah Dessen is THE author who made me fall in love with reading and who inspired me to write. It is also no secret that I will get to the bookstore the second it opens on release day for one of her books. Imagine my excitement when I got an email, letting me know that I had won a copy [from Penguin USA] of her latest, The Moon and More, not due out until June 4th 2013. 

Title: The Moon and More
Hardcover, 384 pages
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Source: Publisher

Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going?

Sarah Dessen’s devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.


I won’t lie, at first I was a little hesitant to where this story was going, but the more I read, the more into it I got. It is so easy to relate to on so many different levels. You will feel frustration, disappointment, excitement, and a sense of completion when you read it. I could easily relate to Emaline and I love it when I can make that connection to the main character. I laughed a little and I also teared up a bit. It is one of those reads that you grow to love the more you read. To me, this one touched one a tough subject a little deeper than some of her past books, but that might just be my opinion. Ultimately though, you are taken on a journey through Colby, a place where any Sarah Dessen fan has grown to know. You will get to revisit old friends and meet a few new ones. The Moon and More is one to add to your summer reads list.

Overall, 5 of 5 stars!

Happy reading!

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