Monday, January 4, 2010

Keeping the Moon

Book Review #3
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
Rating: Four stars (refer to the rating system on the right)

Fifteen year old Colie has a lived a complicated life so far- from being fat and made fun of, having a bad reputation with boys, and having a mother famous for helping people lose weight. It's summer and Colie is forced to spend it with her aunt Mira in the small town of Colby, where she becomes a different people. She gets a job as a waitress, where she meets a pair of best friends, who teach her life lessons and how to believe in yourself. 

I have to say even the Keeping the Moon wasn't Sarah Dessen's best, it was a really good read. My favorite part about the book was the characters. The characters weren't generic, they were something different. There is her overweight aunt Mira who wears crazy clothes and gets teased by the whole town, but continues to hold her head up high claiming she knows she's not perfect ,but she knows she works in her own way. Then there is Morgan and Isabel, a pair of best friends, who have their share of dysfunction, but are always there for each other. Lastly, there is Norman, who is an artist who lives in the basement of Mira's house. Norman is someone the old Colie would never go after, but that might be different for the new Colie. Near the end, Colie figures out who she really is and how to believe in herself for a change. In the end, it's a book worth the read. I would recommend the book to people who like books that are realistic and relatable.


Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

Your reaction to this book is very similar to mine. This was not my favorite Dessen story, but the characters really stood out for me.

Rebecca-Books said...

In the UK, it's called 'Last Chance' after the name of the cafe.
One of the things I love about Sarah Dessen's books are how she cleverly puts her characters into other books of hers. Like Colie is in 'Along For The Ride' when she goes in the Last Chance and you meet Isabel and Morgan.
Great Review :)