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Gr 9 Up-Dessen aims for the Moon with her latest novel and manages the landing quite wonderfully. Readers looking for a story as warm and real as The Truth About Forever (Viking, 2004) need look no further. Emaline works hard, both in school and at her family's realty office with three generations of women handling beach-vacation rentals in the small southern town of Colby. Her efforts get her accepted to Columbia, but when her birth father, back in her life after being absent for 10 years, suddenly and inexplicably withdraws his offer of substantial help, she has to settle for a less-prestigious school just two hours away. One advantage: her boyfriend, Luke, will also be there. Summer starts off normally: her dad, the one who married her teenaged mother and adopted Emaline years ago, is still fixing up their house; her older stepsister is bossing her around at work; and Em is passing out keys and towels and hanging around with her best friends, Daisy and Morris. Characters are crafted with care to be whole and realistic, so readers will be immersed when Emaline meets the New Yorkers who rent a mansion for the summer to make a documentary about local character Clyde, once quite a big deal on the art scene. Theo, the filmmaker's cute assistant, seems smitten with Emaline; and when Luke indulges in clubbing with a pretty tourist, the dream couple breaks up, enabling Emaline to spend some time with someone new. Complications romantic and familial help crystallize the strength in Emaline as her understanding transitions from youth to adulthood.-Suzanne Gordon, Lanier High School, Sugar Hill, GAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Emaline is on that precipice familiar to most new high-school grads: knowing where you come from, anticipating where you’re heading, and struggling to reconcile the two. She’s a lifer in the small beach town of Colby (the setting of two of Dessen’s previous novels), comfortable with her longtime boyfriend, Luke, her chaotic blended family, and a job at Colby Realty. But when NYU student Theo and his boss arrive to film a documentary about reclusive local artist Clyde Conaway—and Emaline’s biological father and half brother come to town—summer takes unexpected twists. On the same day that it’s over with Luke, Emaline kisses Theo; but is he just a summer fling, or could he be something more? Dessen returns to familiar crowd-pleasing territory here, offering up perfect beach weather, plenty of romance, and a capable protagonist coming to terms with change. As always, she explores YA-relatable themes, from divorce to absentee parents, in nuanced and thought-provoking ways (“You think it’s all obvious and straightforward, this world. But really, it’s all in who’s doing the looking”). Fans will be waiting; after all, it’s not summer without Dessen. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A national author tour and major media campaign ensure that this is as well received as Dessen’s previous best-selling titles. Grades 8-12. --Ann Kelley

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670785601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670785605
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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."

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Amy B. on June 12, 2013
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I struggled with what to write in my review of The Moon and More for a long time. I have been a fan of Dessen for many years. I have been reading her novels since I was in high school, and even now, as an adult, I look forward to the releases of all of her novels. I have long since considered her one of my favorite authors, and definitely one of the most talented YA authors I've ever read.

That is why I was so disappointed with The Moon and More. Overall, I found is to be my least favorite of Dessen's novels. The characters were weak and overly written. I found myself forgetting the names of main characters and getting confused throughout the book. I struggled with what Dessen was trying to portray in Emaline's relationship with Theo. For 3/4 of the book I was extremely upset because I believed that I was supposed to like Theo, when I really did not.

I think that my lack of enjoyment of The Moon and More stems from the fact that this is not "just another Sarah Dessen novel." Without giving away the plot and ending, I will say that this book does not follow the same pattern as her other books. While I commend her for trying to change, I found it to be too confusing because I didn't realize that she was trying to change it up until I was 90% done with the book. If you are going to go for a change, go big. This book had too similar of a beginning to her other books, thus causing confusion from this reader.

The book IS well written, however. It does stay up to par in that area. I was able to find the same humor that I usually find in her novels, and found myself laughing out loud at the situations Emaline got herself into.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Erikson on June 27, 2013
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I want to preface this review with the fact that I love Sarah Dessen! I have read her since high school and I look forward to her new books every year. I'll admit, not every book is perfect. Lock and Key mentioned locks and/or keys on every page, but the characters and story made up for it. I also feel like her books changed over the years from more serious drugs/ abuse growing up to town growing up, but that isn't a complaint, just an observation.

Now on to this book,at first when I was reading it, I was confused as to why I was struggling through 20 page increments. I assumed I was tired/ moody/ hot/ etc, but that wasn't it. The problem with this book was that none of the characters (with the exception of her adorable 10 year old brother) were likable. I didn't like either of the guys in the love triangle, and the main character was also irritating. I found myself tempted many times to put this book back and re-read This Lullaby, but I preserved. It wasn't worth it. I texted my best friend from high school after finishing this book asking what my problem was (another Sarah Dessen fan), and she also didn't enjoy this book, for the same reasons. If I was you, heed my advice and go read some old Sarah Dessen.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Steph on June 9, 2013
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I've been a Sarah Dessen fan for quite a while, so I was excited to see she was releasing a new book. However, after reading this one I was rather disappointed. The plot and character development were seriously lacking, and the storyline wasn't as enchanting as her previous books. Overall, I found it kind of a boring read. Would recommend reading The Truth About Forever, This Lullaby, or Dreamland instead.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rosie on June 15, 2013
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I have been waiting for Sarah Dessen's newest book The Moon and More to be released for months. Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite author's and her books have never let me down, until now.

Emaline is a typical high school graduate about to leave for college at the end of the summer. She lives in a small beach town, Colby, and works at Colby Reality, a business her grandparents started right out of high school. Emaline is the youngest, therefore she has to do all the work no one else wants to do: check-ins to beach rentals, delivering towels to guests, and making sure everyone is happy and not breaking anything throughout their beach stay.

Emaline has two best friends, Daisy and Morris. She also has a boyfriend, Luke, who she has been dating since ninth grade. As the summer starts, Emaline wonders what it would be like to experience summer like a local: date a guy that is a tourist and hope that the relationship lasts past October. Her wish becomes a reality when she meets Theo, an aspiring film student. Add on top of this, a father who has been absent most of Emaline's life, two sisters, a dad who adopted her when she was two, and a mother who loves her to the moon and more, and you have one confusing story with way too many characters.

I hate to say this, but it has to be said, Sarah Dessen really dropped the ball on this one. I have been reading her books since high school, and they are always so well developed, so honest, and so endearing, and I didn't expect anything less from The Moon and More. Since I have been reading her books for so long, and recently started reading her blog, I feel like I know her, and I feel like she's my friend, (is that creepy?
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