The Moon And More by Sarah Dessen
Score: 5 stars
Eighteen year old Emaline, small town girl from Colby with the perfect boyfriend, great friends and loving parents, has her life set up and ready to go. Everything is familiar to her and just the way she wants it, going to collage on scholarship at a local collage, working for the summer with her older sister Margo, and making the summer one of her best. Or at least trying to. When her estranged biological father shows up for the weekend with her half-brother Benji unexpectedly, Emaline feels that something's off, not only with her father but with everything else as the summer drags on. And if that's not enough change, Theo, an assistant for a famous cinematographer, comes along for the ride with Emaline to get through summer alive. Things start changing rapidly before she can even prepare and without any warning her world starts crumbling around her. Theo and her father think she's too smart for the small town, her friends think she deserves to be happy, and her mother just wants to give Emaline everything she's ever wanted. Will the changes keep her on track to where she wants to go? Or will she realize that change is inevitable? Will she settle for less? Or will she achieve the moon and more?
1. Once again, my all-time favorite author, Sara Dessen, does not dissapoint with this great teenage girl coming of age story about relashionships, family, friends, and accepting change for all that it is. The story is something everyone can relate too. Life can change in the blink of an eye and sometimes what you settle for isn't always the best choice to take. This story really pinpoints these ideas in a very beautiful way.
2. The characters are very relatable. Their funny, quirky, smart and loving. They understand each other but also have their disagreements on certain issues. But in the end, they each have each others backs as well as speak their minds.
3. The idea of this book is that life has tons of twists and turns that hit us in the blink of any eye. The story is about going along with life and its changes just trying to survive it all even though it seems like nothing is going as planned. The story also delivers the very important point: sometimes when something's better than what you have, it doesn't always mean it's the best for you.
1. There were a few typos within the book, a few missing words and grammer errors. But only in every few chapters.
Age Recommendation: 13+
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