The Moon and More

Dessen, Sarah

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Moon and More
"During her last summer at home before leaving for college, Emaline begins a whirlwind romance with Theo, an assistant documentary filmmaker who is in town to make a movie."--

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2013
ISBN: 9780670785605
Branch Call Number: FIC D
Characteristics: 435 p. ; 22 cm.


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Feb 24, 2015

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen is so far my favourite book by Dessen that I have read. It is about a girl named Emaline who lives in a beach town called Colby. She has a boyfriend, Luke, whom she has second thoughts about once she meets Theo, a sophisticated New Yorker. Emaline is also facing pressure from her family to receive an Ivy League education. Emaline is torn between the future Theo and her father say is best for her and the familiarity of Colby. The Moon and More is in general, a great read. I especially enjoyed reading it during the summer because that is when the novel takes place. The novel mainly deals with the theme of growing up, which I could relate to because like Emaline, I am going to university in the fall. I thought that Dessen really captured what it's like to be a teenager who is uncertain about the future in Emaline. The Moon and More is mostly light-hearted and easy to read but what really got me hooked was the suspense of what and who Emaline would ultimately choose- Luke or Theo, leaving home or staying. I enjoy novels that can incorporate heavy themes with happier ones, and The Moon and More does a great job of that. Even though this novel is very typical to the other books Sarah Dessen has written, she still does a good job of making it distinct in its own way from the rest. Overall, I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a good summer or any time read.

Dec 02, 2014
  • LPL_RachaelH rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Emaline's entire life has been dictated by the fact that her rich father got her local-girl-mother pregnant one summer. Her upbringing hinged on family and hard work, which were key to a single mom and a little girl with a nearly absent father. Now, as Emaline begins her last summer on the beach before she heads to college, she believes that everything will be perfect. She's still going steady with the same guy that she's dated all throughout high school and she's helping her mom rent vistas to vacationers for one last time. Things begin to unravel when Emaline's absent father swoops into town with her half brother, who she barely knows, informing her that he's divorcing his wife. Then sophisticated, documentary assistant Theo comes along and messes with everything that Emaline thinks is important. With all of these changes, can Emaline still have the moon and more?

If you know anything about Sarah Dessen's work, you will know that her books all hold elements of love and summer. In that regard, this book is no different. However, The Moon and More has a loose, untidiness to it that her previous books did not. The Moon and More is more about personal growth than summer romance. It also holds threads of a healed family that was once broken and what happens to that family as it enters a new phase. Old wounds are opened in The Moon and More and, although this is not the best of Sarah Dessen's work, it is an interesting look at teen change and personal growth.

Oct 21, 2014

Not one of my favorites. She has done better. It was very slow moving and took forever to get into the story and introduce the characters.

Aug 09, 2014

This story focuses on Emaline, teenager who is trying to make her last “high school summer” count. She has so much to do with working at her family’s beach house rental company and her long time perfect boyfriend Luke, she can already feel the time flying by, and she doesn't really wants things to change. However, things start to spiral out of control when her father announces in his own quiet way that’s he’s coming to see her this summer. She also meets Theo, a New Yorker interested in film who happens to stay at Colby for the summer. Theo is different and reminds Emaline that there is life outside of Colby. I really love Sarah Dessen’s books, I've read all of them and when I heard a new one was coming out I was really excited. So why was this book a bit of a let down for me? Maybe it’s because I've already read some of Sarah Dessen’s best work so I’m a bit more picky now, or maybe it’s because I just didn’t really like Emaline. I mean, she was relatable and I guess by the end I liked her but it was just some of her decisions were just kind of selfish and futile. Compared to her best friends, she seemed a bit boring. The romance in this book wasn't as adorable as some of Sarah Dessen’s others, but it was pretty cute. Overall, if your into chic lits and looking for a fast summer read, you should try this book it’s not just about choosing the right guy, its coming to terms with the fact that the future is scary, but we have to move forward and make sure we aren't always looking at the past.

Jul 22, 2014
  • _sophadoodle_ rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I think some of Sarah Dessen's other titles are better, but this book wasn't bad and did have some cute and funny parts. I recommend reading this book if you're just looking for an okay book, and this would satisfy someone searching for a little summer romance.

May 16, 2014
  • rachelsp rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not my favourite of Dessen's but I would still recommend it!

Nov 02, 2013
  • Trevin123 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book was OK, but not great!!!
Slow and predictable.

Sep 30, 2013
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Another great Sarah Dessen book. I read it in one weekend, her books always keep me hooked. Two issues with this one, though: 1) Sarah Dessen needs a new editor. There were quite a few typos/missing words that I found. 2) I'm not sure I liked how she developed the character of Theo. It's like he did a complete 360 from the beginning of the book to the end. I wanted to get some more closure from his character.

Sep 09, 2013
  • ucblue rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not my favorite Sarah Dessen book, but it was tolerable. Slow and I could predict what would happen before the characters knew.

Aug 03, 2013
  • 5pink61 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It was okay, but I never really like Theo. And I wasn't happy with the ending. At some points the book dragged on but I really loved Benji. I felt like even when the book was over lots of things were left unresolved.

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