Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

The Moon and More
Good Reads Summary
 The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

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.

My Thoughts
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Family. Change. And a little bit of romance…

Every aspect of MOON AND MORE is not quite perfect and it’s better for it. The main thing here, as with most DESSEN books, is family and connections: the safe and easy ones where the lead can just be versus the ones that aren’t at all easy, the ones that have one or two of them all tippy-toeing around each other or some big issue. It’s a bit more different here too, with her and a father and a dad, and it’s how she deals with the first not being who she’d like him to be and then balancing that out with the rest of her family that adds some of the odd/funny/awkward/sad feels. Then there’s her sisters and the push-pull that works among them, especially how they all have set roles they fill: the ambitious one, the flighty one, and then her. Then there’s her grandmother and her mother both of whom know what they’re doing and let things get done. It’s not always easy on this front… but it’s that fact that rings authentic.

Changes. She’s college bound. She’s excited/unsure/ready/unsure… unsure… unsure about what’s to come. How she is on this front, going from one emotion to the next, but moving forward nonetheless made it all more real. There’s a comparison going on almost always between where she is and where she’d headed; between those who stay and those who don’t and where she fits in that particular scheme of things. The small town feel and how all others seemed to be aware of every body else’s business could have been a negative, but it wasn’t. the people and the town just was just was  So while there’s changes about to happen, there’s also the reality of some things staying as is.

Romance. This wasn’t the focus, but it was present… so I might as well mention how some of them could be such assholes, the lead not excluded. Some of them could be such even when I really didn’t want them to be, but there’s that real feel again. How none of them are perfect… and how in the end, I actually LOVED how she didn’t get the fairy tale happily ever after, because ending as it did… it felt right anyway, again HEA or no.

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