Thursday, February 19, 2015

Title: The Moon and More
Author: Sarah Dessen
Narrator: Allie Gallerani
Series: Standalone
Length:  11 hrs 25 mins
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publication Date: June 4th, 2013
Source: purchased
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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.

It's been a while since I've listened to a Sarah Dessen book. I went through a phase last year, where I blew through 3 of them. It was marvelous. So easily I was drawn back into that feeling a Dessen books gives you. I loved The Moon and More. I have seen some mixed reviews on it. Some saying it didn't hold the same magic her previous novels had. I disagree.

The Moon and More is the perfect summer read. It takes in a beach town. It's summer. It's perfect. And it's hot... I love reading books with hot weather... during these frigid Winter temps I'm dealing with  here. It reminds me that Spring will be on its way... eventually.

One thing I adored about this book was the realistic relationship Emaline has with Luke. I won't go into detail but I saw tons of my friends go through this very thing after our Senior year. Also, Emaline's relationship with her Father. That was pretty realistic too I think. Oh and her relationship with her step brother is adorable.

Something I always come to expect with a Dessen novel is the magnificent quotes. This one was by far, my favorite. Possibly ever.

“Having no expectations for some people in your life can be depressing, if not devastating. But with others, it’s what is necessary. The hard part is not just figuring out which one applies, but accepting it.”

So very true. I have people like this in my life, and it's not easy. I can tell you that, but over the years you learn to accept it. This quote really struck me.. I had to rewind it in the car numerous times.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Moon and More. The Narrator was great, and the story had just the right mix of summer fun and coming of age seriousness. I definitely recommend it. :)

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This isn't the kind of gif I was searching for but I just had too. lol. It's so stupid. lol. 

About the author:

Sarah Dessen grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating with highest honors in Creative Writing. She is the author of several novels, including Someone Like You, Just Listen and Along for the Ride. A motion picture based on her first two books, entitled How to Deal, was released in 2003. Her eleventh novel, The Moon and More, will be published in June 2013. She lives in North Carolina.

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