Jun 26, 2013

The Moon and More

The Moon and More
The Moon and More
Author: Sarah Dessen
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Pages: 435 pages
Format: hardcover

Synopsis: 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?


My Review:
I've read quite a few of Sarah Dessen's books. I can see how she is the same author in this book as well as moved up the ladder a little more. There is more meaning in the back of this book thank usual.
From the first chapter I liked the book, I got sucked into her writing style. I was even a bad employee and read at work when no one was in the store.
This story is about Emaline. She has just graduated high school and is looking to go to college. Some in her life want her to stay close, but the one side of Emaline as well as her father wants something bigger for her. Her father is not to be confused with her dad, because she has been adopted when she was three from her mother's husband and in turn ended up with two sisters from their own mother. Emaline's father ran off back home for the end of the summer and ended up finding out that he had a daughter along the way. Her mother decided to keep Emaline even with all the people telling her she shouldn't. 18 years later here we are.
Sarah Dessen does a wonderful job with making you get to know each and every character that you get introduced to. You feel love, hate, annoyance, all of it with all the characters, including Emaline. I love how she ties in some characters from a previous book, only here or there Auden is mentioned from Along for the Ride. It was nice though to see that since the book was set in Colby that you do get to see some of them from the other book. You get a sense that even though you've never been to Colby you still feel like you have. I live in a beach town myself, so I have a little more first hand knowledge on tourist areas too.
My complain with the book, though small is some of the characters annoyed me to the point I kind of wanted to skip parts because they were in it. Theo I was always kind of skeptical of from the start. Ivy, made me want to go find her and punch her in the face. Margo, the one who annoyed me the most, seemed like the stepsister you never wanted to have. She was always barking orders to everyone thinking cause of college she knew everything when I could see some of the plans she had were just not worth it or were completely stupid. I also liked the ending, it was more wrapped up than most books I've read, I just wish it said a little more about what happened to Emaline herself with schooling and stuff. She still left you off with a great way to see how things happened to most of the characters.
This is still for me a great summer read and still has my love for Sarah Dessen in it! The 4 star review is mainly because of the paragraph above but I know it isn't enough to stop anyone from reading it!

Really Enjoyed It!!

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