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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 16 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; 8th printing edition (May 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142401765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142401767
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A plot description of this contemporary problem novel may make it sound like a kind of Cinderella story, but Dessen's (Someone Like You) ironic sense of humor and her knack for creating characters with both quirky personalities and universal emotions set her book apart. Colie's fitness-celebrity mom (a female version of Richard Simmons) long ago motivated her to lose 45.5 pounds, but Colie feels just as insecure as she did when she was overweight, and she is a pariah at school. During Colie's 15th summer, her mother goes on an extended tour of Europe, and Colie is sent to outlandish Aunt Mira in Colby, N.C. There Colie is influenced by a singular group of mentors: the young women next door, Isabel and Morgan, who give Colie a makeover as well as a waitressing job; Mira's young boarder, Norman, who has moved out of his bullying auto-dealer dad's house so he can pursue a career in art; and Mira herself, a greeting-card illustrator who is as enormous and eccentric as she is immune to the ostracism of the locals. As readers will anticipate, Colie begins a happy metamorphosis; unexpectedly, her transformation is interrupted by the arrival of a mean-mouthed schoolmate who is all too eager to cut Colie down. Readers will lap up the snappy dialogue, colorful episodes and unexpected pearls of wisdom. The lessons Colie learns about beauty, none of them new, come across with freshness and vitality. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up-Because her aerobics-star mother is taking her famous weight-loss program to Europe, 15-year-old Colie leaves her home in Charlotte to spend the summer with her endearing but uncompromisingly unusual Aunt Mira in coastal Colby, NC. Colie has recently dropped 45 pounds, but unlike her positive-thinking mother, the teen has not succeeded in shedding her negative self-image. With this change of scene, she hopes to escape her role as social victim. Unfortunately, Mira attracts lots of negative gossip. Worse still is the reappearance of Colie's hometown nemesis who continues to spread slanderous rumors about her. Colie feels hopeless until she accepts a job in a restaurant, where two fellow waitresses, both past their high school angst, share their beauty, boy, and life-management secrets with her. Sincere, perfectionist Morgan and the more flamboyant Isabel are great characters and the workings of their friendship is smooth, insightful, and just fun to read. The nifty and not-so-nifty relationships between men and women are observed through the eyes of a teen just on the verge of exploring such things on her own level. The love interests are varied, from a deceitful professional athlete for Morgan to a sincere artist surviving as a short-order cook for Colie. Through it all, readers are shown that "ya-ya" type friendships are a balm to protect young women while they're kissing toads they thought were princes. Teens will just want to cheer when Colie realizes that she has always had within what people were looking for externally.
Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY
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More About the Author

I've been writing, in one way or another, for as long as I can remember. I was always a big reader, mostly because my parents were. I used to get frustrated with my mom because she bought me books for Christmas when what I really wanted were the gifts my friends got, things like sweaters and jewelry. But I did love to read. When I was eight or nine my parents gave me an old manual typewriter and a little desk in the corner of our den, and I'd sit there and type up my stories. I was the kind of kid that people always sighed over and said, "She has such a wild imagination," which usually meant "I wish Sarah would try to stick to the truth." I have a tendency to embellish: I think it's just a weakness of fiction writers. Once you learn how to make a story better, it's hard not to do it all the time."The books I read when I was teenager, the good ones anyway, have stuck more in my mind than anything since. I still love books, but while I couldn't tell you complete plots of novels I read even six months ago, I do remember even the smallest descriptive details from Lois Lowry's A Summer to Die or Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. I think it was because back then books were still somewhat new to me, and when I found an author who seemed to say just what I was feeling, it really struck me and resonated. I hope that my books do that for the people who read them: I think it's the best thing to which any writer can aspire. "As far as my other life, my non-writing life, I live in the country with my husband, some lizards, and two dogs who are completely spoiled and rule me completely. I like to work in my garden---although I have not yet perfected the art of keeping everything alive----and, in my weaker moments, shop. I have a bit of an addiction to the Gap clearance rack, to be honest. I have this strange need to buy huge quantities of black pants. How many pairs of black pants does one person need? (Obviously for me, the answer is 11 and counting. But I digress.) What else can I tell you? I love Starbucks mochas but they make me way hyper. I subscribe to too many magazines. I make a mean bean salad. I could go on, but the truth is, my books are much more exciting than I am, and that's a good thing. It's always more fun to make stuff up anyway."

Customer Reviews

I recommend this book to all teen girls to read.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kaitlin Blank on August 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
Coli (short for Nicole) has a famous mother, who showed women around the country that they can be determined to get fit. Now Colie has lost weight just like her mother, but she still doesn't seem to fit in with other people. Now her mother is touring in Europe, and Colie has to stay in North Carolina with her Aunt Mira.

Then, out of the blue, she ends up with a job at the "Last Chance Bar and Grill". Colie still lacks confidence, especially after running into some classmates who still tease her and spread hurtful rumors. But with the help of fellow waitresses Isabel and Morgan, she finds a part of her she can really love and appreciate. She has true friends here, not to mention a boy who she never expected to be with.

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:) This novel brought me lots of smiles. You know, it really did make me think twice about how well I appreciate myself. Girls today don't always have that great of an outlook on themselves, but this book has opened my eyes. I hope it can do the same for others as well.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 4, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book! I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read. Keeping the Moon really makes you think about life. I enjoyed reading about Colie and her fitness trainer mom,Kiki Sparks.I also like reading about her Aunt Mira and her new friends that she made. They are Isabel, Morgan, and Norman. The characters seem so real. I think that teeneagers especially would like it because it has to do with a teenage girl and her life at school, and with other people. This book tells you all the hard times that she went through and how she kept going even though she didn't think she could. I'm sure that most people can relate to this book in a certain way. I really liked this book and I'd definitely read it again!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jillian V on August 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am also 15, the same as Colie, and I know this is a book that you could read over and over again and can never seem to put down. I like that it's witty and clever, too. What's funny is that it's called keeping the moon and the book I read right before it, Under the Baseball Moon, is also one of my favorite love stories of all time. I guess now I'm looking for one more "moon" book,, but I definitely recommend this one.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on June 22, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After I finished reading this book, I found I really didn't like it. The narrator is kind of boring and whiney. The secondary characters however, are a lot stronger than the main character. Isabel, the pretty waitress, is one of Sarah Dessen's best characters ever. She has great lines, a great personality, and is really well drawn. You could picture her character as a real person; she isn't cliched.
The story, especially for a Sarah Dessen novel, is extremely ordinary and obvious. It's been done ten thousand times over. I like Sarah Dessen's books because most of the time they have unusual storylines. This one is just the typical "former fat girl has low self-esteem but learns that loving who you are is true beauty" plot. It also had the typical "father and son don't get along because the son won't go into the family business" storyline with Norman. This book might still have had a chance to be saved if not for the extremely predictable ending where Colie realizes she's fallen for Norman.
The best part of this book is the "Chick Night". It has great descriptions and is really fun and believable (aside from the cheesy part where they dance around singing "I Will Survive").
Sarah Dessen became my favorite author because she didn't write typical young adult books like this one. She favors an unusual story and memorable characters, and writes great depictions. This book, however, while it has awesome description, is strongly lacking in the other areas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I read Keeping the Moon, by Sarah Dessen. The main character, Colie, is the daughter of Katharine Sparks. Or Kiki Sparks, when people started to recognizing her when she was trying to loose weight. Colie was also over weight and was always called names at school and in public. Colie spent a summer with her aunt in Colby, North Carolina, when her mom was on tour. She thought it would be the worst summer of her life. She had no friends at home so why should she find some here. Although she isn't over weight anymore people see her as many different things. On her vacation she notice that her aunt has a problem too. The man who lives with her aunt lets Colie have a job when she is visiting. When she was working she met two girls, Morgan and Isabel. Theses girls are best friends and want to show Colie what her life is about. Colie goes through many things in Colby. The whole summer was adventures to her. I liked this book a lot. There were many things that people could relate to. How you could make friends, and also how you could see the person inside of you, so you know what you are made of. This book kept my enjoyment from the beginning to the end. I think anyone would enjoy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I completely LOVED this book. It was so wonderfully funny and heart-warming... I couldn't put it down! I loved the the character of Mira, Colie's Aunt, who was unique and eccentric. Colie was a wonderful character as well, with a sensitive and loving (more so towards the end) personality.
You will LOVE this book immensley! It is terrific and you will not be able to put it down for anything! Buy it!
If you loved this book as much as I did, then try Sarah Dessen's other books, That Summer, and Someone Like You.
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