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Moonglass Hardcover – May 3, 2011
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--Sarah Dessen, New York Times bestselling author of Lock and Key
"Like sea glass, this smooth, radiant debut, reminiscent of Sarah Dessen, sets authentic and sympathetic characters working through a life-changing transformation against the backdrop of a steamy summer romance. Great for beach time—or anytime."
"Kirby is an author to watch, and her debut will be enjoyed by a large array of teens in search of identity stories."--Booklist
"Well written, with clearly drawn, sympathetic characters, and will be a good read for those dealing with losses of their own."--VOYA June 2011
A poignant book about a teenager seeking answers yet fearful of what she might learn.
---SLJ, September 2011
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Anna spent her childhood on the beach, scraping through the sand with her mother to find little bits of sea glass. But that was until her mother drowned herself in the ocean.
Ten years later, when Anna's all grown, she returns to the beach of her childhood with her father. Anna makes friends, falls in love, and learns more about her mother's death than she ever thought possible.
Jessi Kirby hooked me with the very first page of MOONGLASS. Her writing is so, so beautiful--I had to keep reading. I was sucked into Anna's story as Jessi Kirby slowly unfolded all her grief and emotions.
Anna's love interest is pretty . . . uh . . . not likable at first. Tyler is cocky, over-confident, and just a little arrogant. At the very beginning of the novel, I didn't get why Anna liked him at all. But with each chapter, I understood more and more why they were a perfect fit for each other. By the end, I think I was a bit jealous of Anna.
Read MOONGLASS because it's almost summer. Read MOONGLASS because it will make you tear up. Read MOONGLASS because Jessi Kirby is a superb writer who perfectly captures a summer that changes a girl's life. Read MOONGLASS because the cover is pretty. Read it for whatever reasons. You'll love it.
Related: The dude on the cover of MOONGLASS has a real nice butt.
Crystal Cove holds more than Anna realizes. Not only does this place hold early memories of her mother who died when she was young, but insight into her father and secrets of her past.
MOONGLASS is a subtle tale of love and loss and self-discovery. I found myself falling in love with Tyler Evans right along with Anna. I think fans of Sarah Dessen will also enjoy this book.
There wasn't a single point in this book when I felt connected to the characters. I never related to the main characters or the secondary characters. I know what Kirby was trying to do with Anna, but the entire time I was reading the book I felt like the author was constantly nudging Anna along, forcing her to do things, instead of letting the character morph into her own personality and act of her own free will. This was a pattern that the author followed with the rest of the characters.
Kirby wanted Anna to realize what happened to her mother, and repair the relationship with Anna's father. She did a really nice job of sticking to her plot.
The ending of the book, Kirby tied up all the loose ends, and answered all the questions. When the book ended, I got the sense that the answers Anna found left her an even more damaged character than she'd been when she moved to the beach. I wish the author would have spent a bit more time discussing why Anna's father felt the need to move back to beach where so many things had happened.
If you like the way Sarah Dessen writes, you'll love Kirby's style. She does an amazing job using words to pain intense images, and has lovely lyrical sentences.
If you look at the cover on the book, you can see the moon glowing above the clouds, illuminating the water. The same clouds are shrouding the night sky, hiding the stars, yet the beach sparkles with little gems almost like stars, moonglass all around the couple holding hands on the beach. It's very symbolic.
The novel is much like the cover-things are covered up, murky and this has made for a strained relationship between Anna and her father who is a park ranger/head lifeguard. It's not really spelled out, but it's not just a summer job. He uproots her and takes a new job at a new beach miles away from the place she grew up, from the place where her mother walked into the ocean and never walked back out while Anna, seven sat and waited for her. Enter the clouds. Anna never asks about her mother feeling her father's unwillingness to discuss her with Anna. But then why does he take a job on the beach where her parents met if he wants to avoid talking about her? It's confusing for Anna and the surf begins to churn inside her.
Anna herself is good at avoiding things, evading questions about where her mother is, so that her friends think her mother travels a lot. Avoiding how she really is when she feels something growing inside of her. Avoiding what she's running from, the answers, the truth. And avoiding who she really is.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this book was the best book ive ever read i strongley reccamendPublished 11 months ago by Aura Weinstein
Moonglass was a beautiful story about a 17-year-old girl who's dealing with the suicide of her mother ten years prior. Read morePublished 12 months ago by mshsteach
This book inspired me so much and made my outlook on life completely different, even now after several months. I would absolutely read this book again.Published 15 months ago by Camryn
Moonglass (2011) is a beautiful coming-of-age novel for teens by Jessi Kirby. Sixteen-year-old Anna Ryan leaves behind the beach where she grew up… where her mother deliberately... Read morePublished 16 months ago by C.K. Brooke, Author of the Jordinia Series
Definitely recommend this book. I purchased it foolishly because the author has the same name as me, but I came to love it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Happy Mom
I absolutely love this book! I love Jessi Kirby and all her novels. They're poignant and well written. MOONGLASS is a great contemporary YA read. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Miss O.
I enjoyed this book beginning to end, hardly putting it down. The author explained the emotions so beautifully, I truly felt them with the cast.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
I picked up Moonglass because Jessi Kirby’s name has been going around the blogosphere quite a bit with her recent release of Golden, which almost everyone I know seems to love. Read morePublished on June 25, 2014 by Stormy
Although this book did get off to a slow start in my mind, once I got into it, I really enjoyed it. This was a heartwarming novel about a young girl trying to find closure, and as... Read morePublished on June 19, 2014 by Roxiticus Des