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The Moon and More


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ISBN13: 9780670785605
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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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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Dessen, Sarah
Viking Juvenile
Girls & Women
Love & Romance
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Situations / Adolescence
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