Release Date: May 11th, 2004
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
*I own a physical copy of this book.
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Colie expects the worst when she's sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast -- first for being fat and then for being "easy" -- Colie has no friends at home and doesn't expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina. But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Cafe and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel, best friends with a loving yet volatile relationship. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie see herself in a new way and realize the potential that has been there all along.
Keeping the Moon was a short and enjoyable read. It was very easy to finish in a few hours if you are a somewhat fast reader. Characterizations were really, really good. They were quirky, fun, and interesting. I absolutely adored Mira and her individuality. Colie was a bit on the annoying side, but she came into her own at the end like all Sarah Dessen characters do.
Her books follow a set formula, and rarely, if ever, deviate from that. Normally this would be a bad thing, but to me it's really not. You can always expect consistency and a fun read from Sarah Dessen. It is easy to see why she has so many fans. Her books touch on very important topics to teens. I see her as almost the young adult version of Jodi Picoult. I grew tired of Jodi's books after being a huge fan for many years. That has yet to happen with Sarah Dessen though.
Some of her books are better than others. I thought Keeping the Moon was one of the better ones, although it really didn't go as deep as her other books do. It wasn't as detailed and this was due to it being shorter in length. It touched on topics of body image, self-esteem, and individuality, which I think are extremely important topics for teens. I'm not a teen anymore, but it's still an important topic for me, too. What else is there to say? I enjoyed it.
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