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"I couldn't put this book down. Kirby's voice is fresh and wise, all at once. An incredible first novel."
--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."
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"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

About the Author

Jessi Kirby is the author of Moonglass, which was an ABA New Voices selection in 2011; In Honor; and Golden. When she’s not writing, she works as a middle school librarian. She lives with her husband and two children in Crystal Cove, California. Visit her at JessiKirby.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442416947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442416949
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,769,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Brent Taylor on May 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There's something about beach reads that get me every time. I love heading to beach (vicariously) with a great set of characters. I love the sand, the bon fires, the flip flops, and the ice cream. There's nothing better than reading about that cute boy down the beach. I'm always on the lookout for books that capture everything summer is perfectly--and I squee every time I find one! MOONGLASS is one of those books.

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.
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Being a fan of debut authors and any YA romance, this caught my eye. Plus, it's summer and what better way to get into the mood than with a setting on a beach. This story begins with Anna's father relocating to Crystal Cove. Anna wanted to stay behind with her grandmother to finish high school, but her father refused.

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.
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I don't think Moonglass is a bad book, I'm sure lots of people will love it, but I didn't particularly care for it. I never connected with the book.

Characters

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.

Plot

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.

Ending

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.

Writing

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.
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Moonglass is one of those novels. It isn't long and it isn't flashy, there hasn't even been much buzz about it, yet. But its very much like it cover. It's beautiful in its subtlety. As I started reading I thought, "Oh no another dead mother story," and laughed because I'd read that same line in another novel I read recently and had been deeply touched by. But this is anything but another dead mother story.

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.
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