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Read it Forward Read it first. Pass it on! One thing that I never liked about some young adult fiction is that some of the characters are written to be these monumental beings that are full of quirks and blind insight, but not much else at least nothing that feels real.
Thankfully, Keeping the Moon manages to give its characters their quirks without having to sacrifice their realism. In short, like someone you'd meet in person, these characters had their ups and downs, but never did these flaws discount them as great characters to follow.
I really enjoyed reading about the main characters in Keeping the Moon, but not every single character was as fun to follow. My biggest complaint regarding some of the writing was how oddly the antagonists were written compared to the strong protagonists.
I felt that they were overly hostile and callous in their chastisement of Colie, our main protagonist, and her eccentric aunt, Mira. Not enough reason was given for their animosity towards these harmless characters. I suppose the point of this was to show that some people are just so mean-spirited that they don't need a particular reason to hate other people, but, realistically speaking, this went a little overboard at times.
I also felt that the resolution Colie came to when confronting her tormentor was pretty weak and short-lived. It came and went without much of a bang, and I didn't get a lot of satisfaction from it. Too bad the "bad guys" of the novel were not as well crafted as the protagonists. I liked the overall message of the book saying that self-acceptance starts with yourself, although I thought it was a little hypocritical in its execution at times.
Yes, Colie gradually comes to accept herself despite her appearance and what others say about her, but this revelation did not come from herself entirely.
As opposed to coming to this realization on her own, and thus making it more worthwhile in the long-run, her friends have to persuade her that this is the way to live. She doesn't see herself as beautiful until she has her makeup and hair done and is told she is beautiful by her friends.
Likewise, she does not seem to realize her worth until a guy starts talking to her because of her new looks. Sure, looking nice and getting attention doesn't hurt one's self-esteem, but it shouldn't be the basis by which one learns to unconditionally accept themselves.
Then at other parts of the book, Colie seems to learn this lesson by watching her aunt, whereby she slowly gravitates towards accepting herself in the same way that Mira does; these instances feel much more natural and beneficial to Colie's development because she came to these conclusions on her own. The message, while having good intentions, seemed a little too unfocused and intrinsically flawed in its execution to be entirely effective.
Had the message of the story been conveyed more genuinely — telling the readers that what you think of yourself is ultimately what matters most — then I wouldn't have much to complain about. My last critique is aimed at the love story that emerges rather out of nowhere. For most of the novel, Colie isn't trying to earn some boy's affection, nor is any boy necessarily pining after Colie.
Keeping the Moon did a fine job at creating an independent character who slowly but surely finds her way towards self-acceptance through friendship and familial bonds.
Then, suddenly coming out of left field, the love interest comes into play and nearly derails the independence of our protagonist. I did not feel that Colie and Norman, her coworker and cohabitant at her aunt's house, made a strong enough connection throughout the story to warrant a relationship. It was even alluded to near the beginning that Norman was not her type, leading me to believe that this was not going to turn into a love story, but rather opting to delve deeper into Colie's psyche.
Although I think the book managed to still stay strong despite this questionable addition, I ultimately think it would have been much stronger without it. Not every young adult novel has to incorporate romance into its story to be successful or meaningful. Notwithstanding its faults, Keeping the Moon was an enjoyable read. I mostly enjoyed it for the characters and their interactions with one another, as it all seemed fluid and natural.
The story, while nothing groundbreaking, was interesting and kept my attention the whole time. Even though I'd recommend Just Listen or Dreamland as better novels overall, I still wouldn't pass up on Keeping the Moon if you happen upon it.
Yearning to Read Pages: May 11th, First published September 1st, Date Read: Own Rating: She has to stay with her eccentric aunt, an aunt who doesn't exactly fit into her small town of Colby, NC. But what Colie finds in Colby is more than she expected, and it may change her lif Yearning to Read Pages: But what Colie finds in Colby is more than she expected, and it may change her life forever. My thoughts - This is a book about belonging.
It's about Cats and Normans, grilled chicken salads, sympathy cards, and sunglasses. It's about friendships and laughter and growing up.
It was full of real life, great happenings in a small town, and rising above. It was surprising to me to discover just how inspiring it was.
It had me laughing out loud the entire time, except the times when I was boiling over with anger at the mean girls or holding back tears at the sweet parts. But mostly, I was laughing. It had me from the first page. I began to love it all, including the writing which was really good , and especially the dialogue. This is all especially surprising to me since I thought I'd never read a Dessen book or a contemporary fiction. What a great way to start! Character notes - Every person in this book, from page 1 to page , is defined.
Perfectly imperfect. I was so pleased by this! Colie, with all her baggage she's holding onto; Norman, with all his funny, hippie ways; Mira, the eccentric relative. Morgan and Isabel, besties who love each other unconditionally despite their hilarious and sometimes hard differences. Bea Williamson, the town gossip, the ruler of all social standings in her small, pathetic world.
There was even Cat Norman as opposed to Norman Norman , who is by far the most fascinating and hilarious cat I've ever come across. These characters had me laughing out loud and gaining strange glances fro my family.
They made my heart pound, my blood boil, and my eyes grow wide. There was no end to the realness of them all. I related to both Colie I've never been a skinny girl, and I know what it's like to be "new" and Morgan my drama is ridiculous sometimes. They all inspired me, though. Even Isabel with her bad attitude and Morgan with her constant quitting. Because who's perfect? Not me, that's for sure, and not these characters. And that's what makes them so incredibly epic.
Story notes - I wrapped myself in this story as I would in a bright beach towel after a day in the water. It took me about four hours, and by the end I was warm, dry, and basking in sunshine. It really is a great story. It had the conflict in the beginning, things are hard, Colie doesn't understand, she's hurting, she wants to belong. Then things lighten up; laughs are shared, lessons are learned.
But darkness threatens to swallow up the happiness. I loved even those dark scenes, when everything looks grim and depressed. But they help each other, encourage, serve and love, and together the break through the shadow and into the moonlight.
Sometimes it takes listening to Gloria Gaynor and dancing like a freak, or sitting for a painter for hours and hours. Sometimes, it just takes a simple word of encouragement. But no matter how it happens - the darkness is brushed aside, life is reborn, and the story goes on. There is no "the end". No, this is only the beginning. Summing it up - Encouraging. A lovely read, no matter who you are or where you are, with characters that inspire and a story that rocks and a depth I was not expecting.
Put it on your list; you will enjoy it! For the parents - Brief strong language GD, B, and a handful of minor cuss words.
A few extremely nondescript kisses. Some references to what highschoolers do to others when they hate them.
One girl is called some rude nicknames Hole in One, Slut, etc. La historia cuenta con una premisa simple: El primer personaje al que conocemos es a Kiki Sparks, la madre de Colie.
Morgan es la chica dulce, trabajadora y un tanto perfeccionista que tiene una sonrisa para todo el mundo. E Isabel El ser delgado no hace que todo en tu vida vaya bien de repente.
Ok, before everything else, can I just say I totally love this cover? For some reason it reminds me of a 50's drive-through, with the bright colors against the black background, the little details, the car, the heart, the ice tea and coffee Anyway, onto the book It's awesome. I know, I know. Kate, reign in your fangirlism and give us a proper review. Very well: The story can be stereotypical. The graceful Swan who hasn't yet realized it shed its ugly ducking feathe Ok, before everything else, can I just say I totally love this cover?
The graceful Swan who hasn't yet realized it shed its ugly ducking feathers is one of the most popular prototypes for a heroine there is in literature, and we have seen plenty of those in popular teen fiction which I have already dutifully bashed reviewed.
The coming-of-age story and the messages about inner beauty and feeling good for yourself is there - all nine yards of it, and if you're looking for a startling, original and mind-boggling read So what sets this apart from the Twilight wave?
Well, for one thing, everyone in this story is perfectly human, in every meaning of the word. They have flaws and weaknesses, but they deal with them as well as they can, and try not to let their insecurities weigh them down. Also, I cannot help but notice that Sarah Dessen takes time to explore the reasons why Colie feels angry, why she is insecure and why she has a hard time standing up for herself.
Where heroines like Bella Swan or Luce Price act like outcasts for no other apparent reason than being angsty, Colie has actually grown up having her self-esteem constantly and systematically tramped on and, unlike Ever Bloom who snaps out of alcoholism like it was nothing, she has actually worked very hard to gain every ounce of self-respect she has.
And it doesn't stop with the main character - everyone, from her aunt to the bullies she has to fight off - are fully fleshed out characters.
There is not a single moment where you pause and wonder what rabbit hole you fell through - everyone, with their personality quirks and little flaws and dramas - are real people. And it's such a treat to read a book the fifth one this month, actually , which is written for teenagers and is written with respect towards its target audience.
It's intelligent without getting in your face, it's heartwarming without being cheesy, and it's sweet without giving you cavities. So four and a half out of five, and I sincerely hope you guys will remember it next time you drop by the library. At First Sight: Colie was not looking forward to spending the summer at her Aunt Mira's house, but she had no other choice since her mother - Kiki Sparks, of the fitness craze fame - was going on an European tour to promote her products.
Colby, North Carolina might be a typical beach town, but Aunt Mira is anything but typical - she wears bright clothes that don't match, rides her bike everywhere, and her beach front house seems to be a graveyard of yard sell items that never quite work as they s At First Sight: Colby, North Carolina might be a typical beach town, but Aunt Mira is anything but typical - she wears bright clothes that don't match, rides her bike everywhere, and her beach front house seems to be a graveyard of yard sell items that never quite work as they should.
Morgan quickly takes to her and though Isabel isn't so keen on her at first, she does take Colie under her wing, eventually. Colie isn't sure what to do with friends, she has never had them. All her life she has been a bit of an outsider both because she used to be fat and because her mother moved her all over the country during her first few years of life.
But at Colby, people just seem to accept her - her Aunt Mira doesn't care if she was fat before, Morgan is just the maternal type and Isabel is always at hand to delver tough love when necessary; and there is also Norman, the guy who lives in the basement of Mira's house and who seems to like her, just because. Second Glance: I always sort of loved Keeping the Moon, it's just such a perfect beach read, lighthearted and fun. Sarah Dessen created a lovely story not only about knowing who you are but also accepting it, learning that it's okay to work in your own way.
It's a quiet, sweet story. With a large dose of friendship - the good, true kind that doesn't let you down - and a dash of romance. Norman is not the most swoony of the Dessen Boys, but he's very sweet, and one of my favorites actually.
Bottom Line: I think this is one of the more overlooked books by Sarah Dessen, but it's perfect for this season of lazying about enjoying the nice weather. Favorite Quote: Everything, and everyone, had its purpose. The rest of the world, too often, might have missed that. Aug 11, Slaa!!! Sarah Dessen is really good at writing things that feel real. A lot of it was a little bit of a bummer. I liked the overall message, about change and loving yourself and not being stuck in what you used to be, or thought you used to be because of how people treated you and the things bullies would say and do to you.
And I loved the "eccentric aunt" element and how that tied in, how people saw her as different but she didn't seem bothered. I could see myself and much of my family in her. The one thing I'm noticing about Sarah Dessen is how she gives people these quirky personality traits - with this one Mira aside, since she was a quirkfest there was Norman's collection of sunglasses, Morgan and Isabel's VERY varied music collection, Morgan making deviled eggs when she's sad, etc.
In a way I like it because it makes the characters feel real, but it also seems a bit much sometimes. It was never explained how old Morgan and Isabel were, but since they generally seemed like your average sort of girls, I found it a little hard to believe that they would be so into all of the music that they were into.
It just seemed a bit off. What is her philosophy of life? What can Colie learn from her? What is Norman's relationship like with his father? While reading the book, what did you predict would be the outcome between Morgan and Mark? Colie describes a time when she was younger and overweight when she went to a dance and everyone laughed at her.
What would that feel like? Have you ever felt that exclusion? Is there anyway kids can speak up to stop that kind of humilitation or is it too hard to not go along with the group? The theme of reinventing yourself comes up over and over in this book. It is only after Colie loses weight that she makes friends and gets a boyfriend.