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ISBN10: 0670785601
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Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?

Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.


"Dessen is as skilled as ever at turning out steady, satisfying stories about teens that are easy to fall for." Publishers Weekly, starred review

About the Author

Sarah Dessen is the highly acclaimed author of ten previous novels, including the New York Times bestsellers What Happened to Goodbye, Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, and This Lullaby.  Her first two books, That Summer and Someone Like You were the basis of the movie How to Deal, starring Mandy Moore. Sarah graduated with highest honors in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and her daughter. Visit her at www.sarahdessen.com.

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Disquietus, April 27, 2014 (view all comments by Disquietus)
I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t particularly like it. I tried desperately to love this book as much as I’ve loved all of Dessen’s previous works, but it just wasn’t in the cards. A lack of plot, one-dimensional characters, and no resolution made me glad I waited to get it from the library rather than buying it.

Dessen’s writing is always solidly good, but this time around it felt a little lazy in places. For example, the title is mentioned at least three times in the first couple of chapters. I stopped counting after that, but I’m sure it popped up more times. I also felt like the book was completely lacking a plot. Emaline is a HS graduate, working at the family business, totally unsure of what she wants to do with her life. Her world is basically turned inside out by the arrival of her bio-dad and half-brother, when her father comes to town to put his recently deceased aunt’s house on the market, as well as her relationship problems with long-term boyfriend Luke that conveniently start with the arrival of the more sophisticated Theo. It had all the necessary ingredients, but the execution was shoddy. The book mostly centered on Emaline hanging out with Theo and waxing poetic about how she wants more out of life, with no real resolution to any of these things. If Dessen had focused the plot on Emaline’s relationship with her family and resolving her issues with her father, the story would have worked a lot better.

The character development also left much to be developed, with most of the characters being one-dimensional clichés. I simply couldn’t connect with any of them. If I’m being honest, Benji and Emaline’s best friends Daisy and Morris were the only characters in the book that I actually enjoyed. Those were the scenes that really shined for me and kept me reading the book.

Emaline was too passive, frustratingly naive and at times annoyingly self-absorbed. The only moments when I enjoyed her character was during her interactions with her half-brother, Benji. It also didn’t help that I pretty much instantly disliked her family. Her mom and sisters were invasive and pushy, and nobody seemed to give much consideration to her or her feelings which drove me crazy throughout the book. Now, it is entirely possible that this is one of those “It’s not you, it’s me” situations. I always struggle to connect with characters who have big, invasive families like Emaline’s because my family was not like that at all. For the most part, especially in my teen years, I did what I want with little to no parental input or supervision. So I tend to get easily frustrated when I come across families where the parents are actually involved in the MCs lives, and irritated with the MC for letting their families push them around.

One thing I really did enjoy was that the plot did not involve a love triangle like I feared. Both romances fell flat for me, and I didn’t particularly like either Luke or Theo, so if the book had been centered on Emaline trying to decide between the two I would have definitely DNFed it. While Luke was definitely much more likable than Theo, I wasn’t sold on Emaline being a good fit with either of them and found myself bored and frustrated during scenes that featured Emaline with either of her love interests. I did enjoy the first day or so of Emaline and Theo’s romance but that was it. After the second kissing scene it was just a mess that I usually skimmed through.

I will give the book points for being realistic. As much as I disliked them, Emaline’s dysfunctional family was 100% believable as were her romantic interests. And while I disliked the fact that there was nothing resembling a resolution regarding her relationship with her bio dad, that is probably more realistic then them suddenly understanding each other and developing a close, loving relationship.

The Moon and More was solidly written, but it just didn’t work for me. However I’m sure other Dessen fans will love it and so I would recommend it if you enjoy her previous works and other contemporary YA novels.
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Noel, December 15, 2013 (view all comments by Noel)
Should she go for her dreams or stay at her roots? This is the question Emaline must ask herself. Living in a small beach town, called Colby, nothing exciting ever happens. That is until an unexpected chain of events turns her whole life upside down. First, he boyfriend of three years breaks up with her, next she meets Theo, who is the polar opposite of everything she knows. At this same time, Emaline is trying to reconnect with her estranged father and younger half brother she has only met a handful of times, and figure out her plans for college. As the summer that has changed her life comes to an end, she realizes that what really matters is being happy, even if it’s not the life she had envisioned.

I really liked this book because it was very funny, sad, exciting, interesting, and real. The characters and their struggles are problems everyone faces. The people who would like this book are teenage girls because they can relate to the story. Also, anyone who has liked other Sarah Dessen books would appreciate it because like most of her books, it is set in the same place and shows characters you have seen in previous books. If you are looking for an engaging and fun story I would suggest The Moon and More By: Sarah Dessen.
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Beverly B, September 28, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
The Moon and More offers what Sarah Dessen does best, a coming of age story with earnest, realistic characters, a fragile teen romance and a female protagonist in search of her authentic self. Hard working, responsible, seventeen year old, Emaline is overwhelmed with all of the imminent big life changes she is facing. Like most teens, Emaline is not emotionally equipped to handle multiple aspects of her life being turned upside down all at once. To her credit she keeps it together pretty well. Her biggest (and funniest) melt down actually comes from an incident totally unrelated to any of her worries when she takes on a demanding NYC artist so scary that even the adults in town avoid her. That event becomes the "Ah Hah" moment for Emaline. As in many Dessen novels, some of the secondary characters are far more interesting than the protagonist, Emaline. I would love to see Dessen write more novels set in small town, Colby, but I want the novels to feature Morris, Daisy and Margo.
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Product Details

Dessen, Sarah
Viking Juvenile
Girls & Women
Love & Romance
Family - Siblings
Situations / Adolescence
Situations / General
Children s-General
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from 7
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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