Book Review: The Moon and More by @SarahDessen @PenguinTeen

Title: The Moon and More 

Author: Sarah Dessen

Series: None

Publisher: The Penguin Group

 Release Date: June 4 2013


Book Summary:

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.

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen is a great book. This book features a young girl named Emaline about to go to college. She works at her family business that rents beach homes to people for the summer. She has a seemingly perfect life, a great boyfriend, and a full ride to college. As the book progress we find that it’s not so perfect and Emaline has a lot that she has to deal with, like an absent father and a step family. As Emaline goes through her last summer at home, she has to grow, change, and learn things about herself.
I really loved this book. Sarah Dessen is a great author and never fails to write a book that relates to me. It’s a young adult novel and for a high school senior (like myself!) it is written to relate. This book made me laugh at parts and made me feel sad at parts. Her family totally reminded me of mine and her sisters drove me crazy like mine do!
I do have some minor critiques though. Some of the high school atmosphere that she writes isn’t really realistic. Not all teenagers do everything that she writes about. Also one of the characters, Theo, really annoyed me. I kinda wished that Dessen would do a George R. R. Martin to him but that was to no avail. Oh well, besides those points I really liked the book.
Rating: 4 stars- Great Book
Content: Fade to black sex/Underage sex, Minor Language, Underage drinking.
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
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