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Keeping the Moon Paperback – May 11, 2004
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Isabel pushed some more stuff aside and leaned against the dressing table. "Look, Colie. I have something to say to you, and I'm just gonna shoot it straight. Okay?"
She tucked her hair behind her ear, took a deep breath and let it out. Then she said, "I really think you should pluck your eyebrows".
This hadn't been exactly what I was expecting. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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.
:) 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.
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.
As soon as she gets to Colby, where her aunt resides, she's picked up by an interesting boy named Norman that listens to hippie music and collects odds and ends to create art in his free time. As they pull up to the house, Colie meets her aunt as she's frantically looking for Cat Norman, her overweight feline companion. Everything in Mira's house is marked with a note, such as "WINDOWS PAINTED SHUT" or "ONE LEG SHORTER THAN THE OTHERS". Just about everything in the house is secondhand and broken.
What I loved most about this book was that I see a lot of myself in Colie. She always takes it personally when someone insults her and I'm exactly the same. Aunt Mira, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. She will wear a bright yellow dress with purple high-top Converse and ride her red bike through town, buying old broken toasters and have no care what anyone says although just about everyone snickers as she passes by. Since I've been made fun of my entire life for being fat, I understand why Colie has such low self-esteem. It's hard not to listen to the things that other people say.
With the help of some new-found friends and Norman's art, Colie begins to see the person she really is. The ending is beautiful and it just makes you feel like everything is right where it's supposed to be. I couldn't stop smiling after I put the book down. It even made me feel better about myself.
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I've read a number of books by Sarah Dessen, and this one seemed to have an unusually slow pace. I know a lot of her books have a slow pace, it's just part of how she writes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Meg H.
In KEEPING THE MOON, Colie moves in with her aunt for the summer and is not excited about it. Especially not about Norman, the hippie subtenant who seems to be going out of his way... Read morePublished 5 months ago by The Bookavid
This book was alright, but it was similar to something I'd read before and definitely for ages 13 to 18 maybe, but it was an alright read.Published 7 months ago by Erica
From what i have read, this book is fantastic! Great description and easy to follow along. WORTH THE MONEY. The reason it's missing a star is because it is a bit cliche.Published 8 months ago by J. Martin
My first Sarah Dessen re-read during this magical #SarahDessenMarathon! I read this book so long ago, that I couldn’t remember the story line or anything about the characters, so I... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Shelby Prothero