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.
This month I ended up participating in the Secret Readers, which is an event where a “secret” blogger picks out a book from your TBR shelf and you need to have it read by the end of the month. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen was chosen for me. This was my first Sarah Dessen book. It’s no secret that I usually avoid contemporary books at all costs, so I did moan and groan a little bit about having this one chosen for me (I really need to create my own TBR shelf and not use our standard Goodreads one.) When The Moon and More first started out, I was hooked. It was light, fluffy, and just really relaxing. However, the book lost its appeal around page 50, and it became boring as hell. I ended up skimming a large portion of this book for several different reasons.
My first complaint is with the characters. Not only was there not one character that I enjoyed, but I hated two of the main characters, Emaline and Theo. Emaline was bland and uptight. Instead of really seeing her and knowing who she was as a character, she was really just words on a page for me. I found Theo to be repulsive and rude. He never knew when to shut up, he was impulsive, he harassed every single person he talked to..I just…I didn’t like him. All of the other characters just sort of blended together and there was just really no one to like.
I have to ask…..WHERE was the story? There was no story. The whole book went like this: Wake up, go to work, fight with one of the boys, fight or argue with family, complain about life, complain, complain, whine, whine, whine, go to work. I’m not just talking about Emaline. I’m including everyone. It was just a hodge podge of a mess and there was really nothing to get excited about. There was no climax to the story, no emotional moments. I pretty much read this book with a bored expression on my face.
Those looking for romance are going to be sorely disappointed. Emaline has relationships with both Theo and Luke, but they both end badly. The Moon and More is really more about family, friendship, and finding oneself. I think that a little bit of romance would have added a bit more spark to this book. And I’m not going to count Emaline and Theo’s…whatever they had, because I hated both of them. I didn’t care about them. And it pretty much ended for them exactly how I thought it would.
Overall, I thought this book was very boring. There was no excitement, the characters sucked, and I just didn’t understand the whole point of it. Yeah, it’s a summer read, but I want at least a little bit of excitement in my books. And I don’t like open ended books that end more realistically. That’s the thing. This book is realistic and people who like that will enjoy it. People who want romance and a finished ending will not enjoy this book. That was me. I wanted more, and I just didn’t like it very much.
Publication Date: June 4th 2013
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Rating: N/A due to DNF. Would give it about a 1 1/2 based on what I read.
Teaser Quote: “Life is long. Just because you don’t get your change right when you want or expect it doesn’t mean it won’t come. Fate doesn’t punch a time clock or consult a schedule.”