Review: The Moon and More

July 15, 2013 book review 6 ★★★★★

Review: The Moon and MoreThe Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 4th 2013
Pages: 435
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary

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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.

Sarah Dessen has done it again! If you have been a fan since book one, THE MOON AND MORE will not disappoint! If you’re new to the Dessen fandom, you’ll truly love this beach world Sarah has created. Set in Colby, a sleepy beach town where everybody knows one another, the typical summer routine of work at the realty, hanging out with the love of her life, and preparing for college doesn’t go exactly as planned for Emaline. When a misunderstanding leads to things falling apart around her, Emaline decides she’s up for a change. She’s never had one of those vacation summers where all your cares and worries are non-existent, but she decides that this summer is going to be different.

One of the things I love about Sarah Dessen’s books is the realism of her characters, setting, and issues that are presented as the plot moves along. Emaline reminded me a lot of myself the summer before I went to college. She starts the summer thinking it’s going to go exactly as planned and when summer ends, it’s a new beginning at college with her longtime boyfriend. But unfortunately, as she has learned the hard way, things don’t ever go as planned. Things change and you have to adapt and make the best of the current situation. She is extremely hardworking and doesn’t take any crap from her businesswoman sister who helps run Colby Realty. When someone needs something, she’s your go-to girl. She had a great voice and like I said, she could basically be me.

Oh, Luke and Theo. Luke reminds me of the boyfriend I had in high school, and for that reason alone, I was so disappointed in some choices he made. He seemed like the perfect–not to mention hunky–guy. But as a lot of relationships tend to do, he realized he needed a break and some space after three years. I’m not even going to mention his little indiscretion. Even after how things went down between them, Luke did remain a nice guy who was willing to help out Emaline when she needed it. Theo started out as this mysterious New Yorker who wore things a bit too hip for this beach town. He and his boss were down for the summer working on a documentary about a local artist, Clyde Conaway. You could tell from the beginning that he had a thing for Emaline. After reluctantly agreeing to help him get on Clyde’s good side, things change between them. He’s so different from anyone Emaline has ever known and something new and exciting. I adored him during the first month of the summer. But after awhile, he got a little too comfortable and quite frankly, a bit annoying. Everything to him has to be the Best Thing Ever. I don’t see how Emaline could put up with all that “pomp,” as she liked to refer to it. Towards the end of the book I was just waiting for something to happen that would make Emaline ready to call it quits. She held on longer than I would’ve!

As in typical Dessen style, the story revolves around a short time frame where a lot of changes take place. Never one to include a huge climatic event, the reader is immersed in a world and story line that puts them right into the narrator’s life. You’re with Emaline during the biggest summer of her life where changes are inevitable. You experience her daily routine with friends, family, love interests, work, and any free time she can squeeze in between all that. The documentary adds a new purpose to Emaline’s summer and the reader gets to experience it all. There’s never a dull moment and you won’t get bored reading!

If you’re looking for that perfect summer read, look no further. THE MOON AND MORE is the epitome of everything I love about contemporary YA novels! You’ll enjoy the summer where everything changes for Emaline, making you reminisce about your own summer before college. With believable characters, a fun adventure, and issues/life lessons you can learn from, I highly recommend THE MOON AND MORE! Take a trip to your nearest watering hole, grab this gorgeous book, and read the day away. You won’t regret it!

5 Thought Clouds!


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Favorite Quotes:
Page 326:We were willing to do so much for the people we loved, even if it meant hurting ourselves. maybe that, in the end, was what love–all kinds–was really all about.”
Page 422: “It was the very nature of summer. So many long, lazy days when blissfully, nothing changes, and then everything does, all at once.



6 Responses to “Review: The Moon and More”

    • Christine P

      Thanks lady! I have absolutely no respect for them either. There’s no need for it. And like you said, if they want a break to do other things, be upfront about it. I’m glad Emaline didn’t end up crawling back to him after she and Theo ended things. Luke seemed like he still wanted to be friends and kind of make up for everything. Once school started, I was happy to see they were just that: friends.

  1. Kate Scott

    While I LOVE Dessen’s writing style and voice, this wasn’t my favorite of her books. Maybe that is just because I didn’t like any of the boys in it. Emaline was great though.

    • Christine P

      I didn’t like them either, sadly. I was disappointed in Luke and Theo sort of drove me crazy after awhile. I did love Emaline, though. I gave it 5 stars mainly because of her and her story, bad males aside haha.

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