Number of Pages: 435
Publisher: Penguin Group
Release Date: June 4, 2013
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 has really impressed me with The Moon and More. I normally enjoy her books very much, but this one was better than usual. As always, the writing was excellent. There is no question that she is a fantastic writer. She really pulls you into the story and immerses you into the world of Colby and Emaline, or her family’s realty business and the way life is in a small coastal town. I don’t think that Sarah Dessen could ever write a bad book because she has such a way with words. Her novels will always be a certain level of good. Her reliability as a great author is both appreciated and refreshing.
The supporting characters in this novel added a lot of depth and interest to the story. They were very well written, especially Morris, Daisy, and Benji. I liked how they each had their own problems on the side and that their lives didn’t just revolve around Emaline. They had lives of their own, separate plot lines that at times intersect and crossed with Emaline’s life. It kept the plot interesting and moving, and I never got bored or wondered when it was going to be over.
***WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!***
The thing that made this novel really stand out for me in comparison to her other books is that Emaline ended up alone. It was so refreshing to read something in which the main character didn’t HAVE to have a boyfriend or be in a relationship. Theo just wasn’t the guy for her, and I’m glad that was acknowledged. I really admired Emaline’s independence as a character, especially at the end when she goes to college. I thought the relaxed friendship with Luke was perfect, as was the ending. Everything came into place nicely, and the relationships between the characters didn’t seem far-fetched or strained.
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Overall, I have no complaints about this book! I think this ranks as one of my favorite Dessen novels. If you haven’t read this yet then you definitely should!
My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) :0) 5 out of 5 smileys.
Would I recommend it to a friend?: Absolutely!