June 17, 2013 by Alice in Readerland
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 Absolute Favorite Thing About This Book:
The references to Along for the Ride, This Lullaby, and The Truth About Forever it had! This Lullaby, Along for the Ride, and The Truth About Forever are my three favorite Sarah Dessen books, so when I saw references to all three in The Moon and More, this pretty much sums up my reaction:
(Keep reading to hear me rave and hint about the references. If you want to be 100% surprised about the references, skip to the next paragraph.) I loved that The Moon and More was set in Colby, which meant that we got to see Auden and Heidi in Clementines, as well as some other characters from Along for the Ride, even the pie-baking owner of the laundry mat where Auden visited has a big role! I also enjoyed hearing a certain band from The Lullaby mentioned, as well as noticing that 2 characters from The Truth About Forever are related to a character in The Moon and More!
What Else I Loved:
Something I love about Sarah Dessen’s books is how she completely draws you into her characters lives and gives them such background and depth, and The Moon and More was no exception. Emaline didn’t feel stereotypical or contrived, her and her problems and her relationships all felt real. I loved the setting of Colby and getting to explore it as someone who knows it so well; the beach town setting made this book the perfect summer read!
Cynical Cindy Says:
Maybe it’s just me, but this book seemed to be a bit different from Sarah’s other books. I didn’t feel as deep an emotional pull as I did with her other books, and I wished that the relationships (family wise and boyfriend wise) had worked out better. To be honest, this wasn’t my favorite Sarah Dessen book. But, it’s Sarah Dessen, so:
4 out of 5 teacups
Obligatory Picture of My Signed Sarah Dessen Items:
Have you read The Moon and More? Did you spot any other Sarah Dessen book references I missed?