Guest Review: The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

Title: The Girl Who Chased the Moon

Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Series: Stands Alone
Publisher: Bantam
Released: March 16, 2010


Emily Benedict has come to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew, she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor, Julia Winterson, bakes hope in the form of cakes, not only wishing to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth but also dreaming of rekindling the love she fears might be lost forever. Can a hummingbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily’s backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in.

Guest Review for The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

Thank you, Kathy, for including my review on your blog.  In the last few years I have come to really love reading fiction.  About a year ago I started a blog where I keep track of what I’ve read and what kind of content it has.  I have a 14 year old daughter and I write whether I think the book is appropriate for her age or not, based on the content.  You can find my reviews at Brooke’s Books (


The author uses 2 voices to tell this touching story.  The 2 main heroines are in different stages of life, one a teen and one in her 30’s.  However, the older one does a lot of reminiscing/flashbacks to her time as a teen, which almost puts them both as teenagers. 

I appreciate how the author deals with very tough issues (cutting, teen sex, teen pregnancy, suicide, death of a parent).  The hardest issues (in my opinion) are experienced by the older heroine when she was a teenager.  So this distance of time (since she is now an adult) gives her maturity looking back on the experiences she had as a teenager.  This isn’t a book to learn how to deal with the problems the character experienced, but I am glad that these tough issues were included as experiences that many teens may have.

I thought the book was clever, had mystery/suspense, romance, and drama.    

This is a young adult book and I would let my 14 year old daughter read this book.  However, it does have some difficult topics as mentioned above.  I would not recommend it for middle grades.

I rate this book at 4.5 Stars out of 5.