The Moon and More

The Moon and More

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"During her last summer at home before leaving for college, Emaline begins a whirlwind romance with Theo, an assistant documentary filmmaker who is in town to make a movie."--
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2013
ISBN: 9780670785605
Branch Call Number: YA DES
Characteristics: 433 p. ;,22 cm

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1stpickle
Jun 01, 2017

this book was ok i liked it, i also recomand it. :)

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 07, 2017

This story was pretty connectable, in many different ways. I really like the idea that this author was just given the idea, instead of coming up with it, and could openly admit it. Emaline, the main character, is a girl that has grown up in a beach town with her perfect boyfriend and the perfect summers. Now, one summer, enters in her father and Theo, who both think that she can go places greater than her hometown. While her father urges her to attend an Ivy League college, Theo tries to get her to step out of her normal and small zone. This also isn't a classical love story, which brought me closer to reality, but kind of sad that things didn't really work like I thought they would. Overall, it was great to read! 5/5 Stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

AL_TIEGAN Nov 29, 2016

A classic Sarah Dessen novel, that features a beautiful coming-of-age, self-realization story. Set in a small town, where all the locals know each other (or least know *of* each other), this novel revolves around the story of Emaline's last summer before going off to college. Relationships end and begin and each have a lesson to teach, but all of them are also wonderfully realistic. Once again, Dessen does not disappoint.

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katieschiefer
Apr 11, 2015

In the summer before college, Emaline is working at her family's vacation rental in the beach town of Colby when she starts to question her "perfect" relationship with her boyfriend Luke, as well as her complicated relationship with her absentee father. When a stranger named Theo comes to town, life starts to unravel...or is she finally starting to see the kind of life she really wants?

Here are the things I love about this book, and about all of Dessen's stories: the absolutely real and mundane details that make up life. Family ties that shape who are you are. The spark of romantic interest. Great friendships. The pleasure of doing ordinary things, like playing silly putt putt games with your brother, or experiencing the satisfaction of doing a great job at something you're good at. The Moon and More also features earnest dates that tank, worries about college, the sadness of changing relationships, and the out-of-body feeling that comes when you realize your parents are actually flawed but good people. I leave every Dessen town feeling as if I've visited a real place full of real people who quietly go about their business and quietly dream about things that might never come true. As per usual, the author maintains her tendency to reference the title too many times, which is a pet peeve of mine. I enjoyed reading about Emaline's problems, but I think she could have used some more joy in this book, too. And I have to say, I wasn't a huge fan of Theo, there wasn't as much swoon in this book as I'm used to in other novels by this author, although there's a hint towards the end that something great could develop down the road. But as always, Sarah Dessen delivers a terrific summer book. I like heroines who can take down their enemies with a single blow who know the exact right one-liner to toss off at the right moment, but I love the more introverted heroines like the ones found in these contemporary novels, too. While a lot of fantasy authors indulge us by writing about the kind of girl we wish we'd been at the age of seventeen, Sarah Dessen writes about the kind of uncertain, quietly determined girl we actually were.

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alexandratashos
Feb 24, 2015

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen is so far my favourite book by Dessen that I have read. It is about a girl named Emaline who lives in a beach town called Colby. She has a boyfriend, Luke, whom she has second thoughts about once she meets Theo, a sophisticated New Yorker. Emaline is also facing pressure from her family to receive an Ivy League education. Emaline is torn between the future Theo and her father say is best for her and the familiarity of Colby. The Moon and More is in general, a great read. I especially enjoyed reading it during the summer because that is when the novel takes place. The novel mainly deals with the theme of growing up, which I could relate to because like Emaline, I am going to university in the fall. I thought that Dessen really captured what it's like to be a teenager who is uncertain about the future in Emaline. The Moon and More is mostly light-hearted and easy to read but what really got me hooked was the suspense of what and who Emaline would ultimately choose- Luke or Theo, leaving home or staying. I enjoy novels that can incorporate heavy themes with happier ones, and The Moon and More does a great job of that. Even though this novel is very typical to the other books Sarah Dessen has written, she still does a good job of making it distinct in its own way from the rest. Overall, I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a good summer or any time read.

LPL_RachaelH Dec 02, 2014

Emaline's entire life has been dictated by the fact that her rich father got her local-girl-mother pregnant one summer. Her upbringing hinged on family and hard work, which were key to a single mom and a little girl with a nearly absent father. Now, as Emaline begins her last summer on the beach before she heads to college, she believes that everything will be perfect. She's still going steady with the same guy that she's dated all throughout high school and she's helping her mom rent vistas to vacationers for one last time. Things begin to unravel when Emaline's absent father swoops into town with her half brother, who she barely knows, informing her that he's divorcing his wife. Then sophisticated, documentary assistant Theo comes along and messes with everything that Emaline thinks is important. With all of these changes, can Emaline still have the moon and more?

If you know anything about Sarah Dessen's work, you will know that her books all hold elements of love and summer. In that regard, this book is no different. However, The Moon and More has a loose, untidiness to it that her previous books did not. The Moon and More is more about personal growth than summer romance. It also holds threads of a healed family that was once broken and what happens to that family as it enters a new phase. Old wounds are opened in The Moon and More and, although this is not the best of Sarah Dessen's work, it is an interesting look at teen change and personal growth.

monicamilroy Oct 21, 2014

Not one of my favorites. She has done better. It was very slow moving and took forever to get into the story and introduce the characters.

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sumaiyah98
Aug 09, 2014

This story focuses on Emaline, teenager who is trying to make her last “high school summer” count. She has so much to do with working at her family’s beach house rental company and her long time perfect boyfriend Luke, she can already feel the time flying by, and she doesn't really wants things to change. However, things start to spiral out of control when her father announces in his own quiet way that’s he’s coming to see her this summer. She also meets Theo, a New Yorker interested in film who happens to stay at Colby for the summer. Theo is different and reminds Emaline that there is life outside of Colby. I really love Sarah Dessen’s books, I've read all of them and when I heard a new one was coming out I was really excited. So why was this book a bit of a let down for me? Maybe it’s because I've already read some of Sarah Dessen’s best work so I’m a bit more picky now, or maybe it’s because I just didn’t really like Emaline. I mean, she was relatable and I guess by the end I liked her but it was just some of her decisions were just kind of selfish and futile. Compared to her best friends, she seemed a bit boring. The romance in this book wasn't as adorable as some of Sarah Dessen’s others, but it was pretty cute. Overall, if your into chic lits and looking for a fast summer read, you should try this book it’s not just about choosing the right guy, its coming to terms with the fact that the future is scary, but we have to move forward and make sure we aren't always looking at the past.

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_sophadoodle_
Jul 22, 2014

I think some of Sarah Dessen's other titles are better, but this book wasn't bad and did have some cute and funny parts. I recommend reading this book if you're just looking for an okay book, and this would satisfy someone searching for a little summer romance.

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rachelsp
May 16, 2014

Not my favourite of Dessen's but I would still recommend it!

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