Monday, December 28, 2009

Review | Keeping The Moon by Sarah Dessen

Title: Keeping The Moon
Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Speak

Pages: Speak

Rating: 3/5

"Colie expects the worst when she's sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast -- first for being fat and then for being "easy" -- Colie has no friends at home and doesn't expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina.

But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Cafe and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel, best friends with a loving yet volatile relationship.
Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie see herself in a new way and realize the potential that has been there all along."

My thoughts:

Keeping The Moon is a book that I'm sort of iffy about. It was good because all of Sarah Dessen's books are, but as I said...iffy.

Colie, our main character, isn't relateable. She barely talks, has any emotions throughout the book except low self esteem and that's about it. I hate to down a character like that, but I'm serious. That's the first thing I thought of the book. Norman, though, is a character I liked both. He was straining to be something that his father necessarily didn't like. He loves art and collecting things. On the outside he may seem like a hippie, as pointed out by Colie, but there's more to him and I love that in any book. Aunt Mira is a really nice character. She's eccentric and dresses weirdly, but she doesn't let whatever someone says about her keep her down. That's something I loved about her character. Really someone everyone needs, don't you think? All of the characters are down to earth and relateable, except for my little annoyance up there ^ somewhere.

The writing, of course, is fairy awesome. Dessen's writing is my favorite, there's just something about it that keeps me reading them. I just love how she ties in the title into the actual story. But I have to say her other books were much better and deeper. Anyways, this novel was more on a lighter subject which, by the way, I still can't figure out all the way. The ending tied up perfectly and to me it wasn't rushed. Above all, I still recommend this book to any Sarah Dessen fans!

FTC: This was bought with my own money.


  1. I've felt iffy about some of Dessen's books (well one, out of the two I've read) and I also still enjoy her writing style. So I still plan on reading this one, but thanks for the honest review :)

  2. Aww sorry you didn't enjoy it that much. This is one of my more favorites of her older books. Norman and Mira were my favorites though :)

    Have you read Along for the Ride? A couple people show up from this one in there.

  3. Nice review. :) This is one of the few Dessen books I haven't read yet, so I'd like to check it out. It does seem like one of the more iffy ones, though.


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