- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen (November 29, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062436244
- ISBN-13: 978-0062436245
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Girls in the Moon Hardcover – November 29, 2016
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Gr 9 Up—Seventeen-year-old Phoebe Ferris has been touched by fame her entire life. Her parents, Meg and Kieran Ferris, headed up the 1990s grunge band Shelter. Unfortunately, both the band and her parents split up before Phoebe turned three. After a fallout with her best friend, Phoebe leaves her home in Buffalo, NY, to stay with her vivacious older sister, Luna—an archetypal manic pixie dream girl—in New York City for a short visit. Her missions: reconnect with her father, who hasn't been in contact with his kids for three years; strike up a romance with the boy she has been texting for half the year; break the wall of silence between Luna and her mother; and, most important, find out just who Phoebe Ferris is. Set against the backdrop of a soulful, hipster New York summer, this coming-of-age novel features relatable heroes with good hearts. Phoebe's story intermingles with her mother's experiences as a young woman forming a new band and falling into a new love, and their blended voices reinforce the bildungsroman arc. Music lovers will enjoy the pop culture references sprinkled throughout. VERDICT Perfect for fans of Gayle Forman's If I Stay.—Mariah Manley, Salt Lake City Public Library
“McNally is a polished storyteller, her prose alive with vivid descriptions, the excitement of romance, and an artist’s yearning to create.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Girls in the Moon is a beautiful, heartfelt novel about following your own path and finding your voice. Janet McNally’s stunning debut is a lush, lyrical paean to mothers, daughters, sisters, and the music that weaves them together.” (Kathleen Glasgow, author of Girl in Pieces)
“In her luminous prose, Janet McNally renders the moments—quiet and loud, in the spotlight and in the dark—that shape us and wound us and make us fully human.” (Nina LaCour, award-winning author of Everything Leads to You)
“A powerful story of secrets, sisters, mothers and daughters-of a family fractured and pieced back together across time, with love, pain, passion, and music. GIRLS IN THE MOON will stay with you like a song you can’t get out of your mind.” (Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be)
“With lush, lyrical prose and nuanced storytelling, Girls in the Moon is a gorgeous coming-of-age story that sings of sisterhood, secrets, and the ties that both bind and bond us.” (Jessi Kirby, author of Things We Know by Heart)
“Laced through with drumbeats and heartbeats, GIRLS IN THE MOON is pure indie rock and even purer poetry. A luminous story of love, art, yearning, and connection.” (Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King)
“Sophisticated, dreamy, and gorgeously written, Girls in the Moon is like spending a summer night reminiscing with old friends.” (Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl From Everywhere)
“McNally’s first novel shows an appreciation of poetic phrasing, as well as plenty of musical references. Recommend this introspective novel to readers who enjoy stories about music and musicians.” (Booklist)
“Narrator Phoebe excels at capturing a moment’s emotional nuances... her reflections on independence and acceptance of people’s flaws are genuine. Understated but astute narration makes this family snapshot a worthy read.” (Kirkus)
“[McNally] employs lyrics and poetry to great effect, while her rich musical knowledge propels this realistic novel to its hopeful conclusion.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“McNally crafts a compulsively readable family narrative that revolves around the kind of celebrities people wonder about.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Set against the backdrop of a soulful, hipster New York summer, this coming-of-age novel features relatable heroes with good hearts… Perfect for fans of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay.“ (School Library Journal)
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The pages are filled with beautiful metaphors that hit hard and communicate an incredible depth of emotion. It's obvious that McNally's imagery and the importance of setting was central to her telling of this story and the evolution of her characters. The attention to detail, which was written with subtle and simple (yet powerful) language was what connected me to the pages effortlessly. Internal thought carried a genuine authenticity which worked to support an intimate relationship with the characters- and the dialogue was just perfect! The book was propelled forward by an artful mixture of all of these things along side a slow but steady unraveling/building of the past. And I haven't even said anything about her incredible understanding of (and ability to write about) music! From start to finish it plays like a quiet indie guitar tune overlaid with gritty lyrics that build in intensity and pull at the heart strings. This book is meant to make you feel.
Girls in the Moon is a dreamy 'coming of age' story, but even more so a 'coming into Self' story which anyone of any age can relate to. It shows how we influence one another, especially in families and sometimes have a difficult time wrestling with who we really are or wish to be because of this. We share and we hide, we open and close off, we mimic and push away. But by acknowledging all this and taking off the blinders of perception, we see more clearly and carve out a place for ourselves within the circle. Mothers, daughters, sisters, friendship, love, and really great music references...this book has it all!
This request, from Phoebe Ferris to her friend Archer, encapsulates the reader's relationship with the book and its characters. Ms. McNally's book poetically tells the story of three interconnected journeys of Phoebe, her sister Luna, and their mother, Meg. Phoebe searchers for answers about her family, Luna looks for fame and freedom in New York City, and Meg navigates her own identity, single motherhood, and a secretive history. As the daughters of two acclaimed musicians, Phoebe and Luna pursue their own lives, though they are marked by the same artistry and beauty of their parents' talents. Mixed in with their journeys are the tales of new love and old love, wrapped in revelations about life and true happiness. The story is one of empowerment, as these "girls in the moon discover their true grace lies within themselves and within their bond as sisters and mothers. This is a powerful book written in exceptional prose that still connects with readers of all ages. Ms. McNally has crafted a truly masterful work.