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Blog Tour: ‘The Moon and More’ by Sarah Dessen Review and Trailer

Blog Tour: ‘The Moon and More’ by Sarah Dessen Review and Trailer

I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour: ‘The Moon and More’ by Sarah Dessen Review and TrailerThe Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
Published by Viking Juvenile on June 4th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 435
Format: ARC
Source: blog tours
three-stars
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.

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review

The only reason I haven’t read a Sarah Dessen book before was because I’m not a huge contemporary fan, but once this was one of the selections for Razorbill Canada’s blog tours, I jumped at the chance. I’m glad I did. Not only did she manage to write with a passionate teen voice, but she also brought in all the problems, worries, and drama that a teen goes through in this day and age. I did have problems with the pacing and the lack of plot. But considering the summer-y beach theme of the cover, I had assumed it would include a summer fling and a transformation of sorts. Characters always change once they graduate high school and are thrust into their first year of college.

I always have trouble reading a book when I dislike the character more specifically the main character because then I stop caring about the story. This was hard to get into because I knew it was about Emaline and her summer before going to college but I felt lost just as much as she did. I felt Emaline to be a little flat and whiny in the beginning, but was luckily introduced to a much more emotional and changed character at the ending. The full cast of characters added so much more meaning to the plot and I’m glad they were all included. From Emaline’s entire family (I have a soft spot for Benji) to her best friends Daisy and Morris, each character had a little bit of a back-story that’s revealed little by little.

In the end, I was happily gobbling away the final chapter. I’m glad I read my very first Sarah Dessen book and I’m sure it won’t be my last. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of her back-list titles because she knows her teen audience and knows them well. Here’s to more SD books in my TBR list!

Characters
Love the back-story tidbits on each of the characters. Very strong!

Pacing/Length
Slow pacing, and the length was too long for me.

Cover/Design
Very summer-y feel! Fits the setting well!

Plot
Simple story, but I was hoping for a lot more.

Overall, a cute beach read, perfect for vacation!


quotes

Your past holds on to everything, apparently, even your gut. (33)
Like destinations, in general, were vastly overrated. And maybe they were. As long as you were moving, you were always going somewhere. (175)
All work has demeaning moments. Otherwise it would be called play. (179)
We were willing to do so much for the people we loved, even if it meant hurting ourselves. Maybe that, in the end, was what love—all kinds—was really about. (326)
Life is long. Just because you don’t get your chance right when you want or expect it doesn’t mean it won’t come. (329)
I’m driven. I don’t settle. If I see something better within reach, I go for it. (337)

book trailer


rating

3/5

three-stars

13 Comments

  1. Krizia Almiranez

    August 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    my first Sarah Dessen book 🙂 I didn’t quite like it, but still a decent read though 😀 liked and loved Just Listen also by Sarah Dessen though, better than this 🙂

  2. fatma shahin

    August 20, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    There’s a reason why Sarah Dessen is the queen of contemporary! absolutely loved this book! GREAT review btw 😀

  3. Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    July 27, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    I cannot wait to finally read this! I LOVE Sarah Dessen and her work. This one sounds fantastic. Glad you enjoyed this! 😀

    Great review!

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  4. Lisa (Lost in Literature)

    July 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    I’m also one of those that hasn’t read a Sarah Dessen book before. I absolutely love contemps though, so I really don’t have any reason why. I received The Moon and More on audio for review, and I couldn’t be more excited to jump in. I hope to start it in the next few days. Thanks for the great review! 🙂

  5. Alex U.

    June 15, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    I love Sarah Dessen and I am really excited for this new book! My favorite is Just Listen and then Dreamland. Thank you for the giveaway!

  6. Jessica

    June 8, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    I can’t wait to read this book! Thanks for the review

  7. Tina

    May 30, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    After reading your amazing review of this book I am definitely adding this one to my TBR list. Thank you for your honest review.

  8. Diana Grace

    May 29, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    I love Sarah Dessen’s books! I’ll definitely check this one out. Thanks for the post, 🙂

    – Diana
    chaoticreader.blogspot.com

  9. Jaime Lester

    May 28, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    I don’t read contemporary a ton, but I do enjoy it on occasion. But I have not yet read anything by this author either, much to the chagrin of certain people who have been bugging me about it for a while. This sounds like a good one to start with. I like the premise. And I really love the name Emmaline! Very pretty!

  10. Cali W.

    May 28, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Great review! I find Sarah Dessen books to be a nice light read. My favorites are Just Listen, This Lullaby and Along For the Ride. I also like how other characters make cameo appearances into her books. <3 I will have to read this one to compare to the other books.

  11. Eva Mandy

    May 28, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Can’t wait to read this one! I’ve read a couple books by Sarah Dessen, and they are so sweet 🙂 My favourite is also “Just Listen”.

  12. ToxicReader

    May 28, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    I love ! Long live paper books !!!

  13. Zino

    May 28, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    I love Sarah Dessens’s books but I haven’t read one in a while. I should definitely read this one, and I hipe you love the other ones as well. My favourite book of hers is ‘Just Listen.’ It was the first one of hers I read and I’ve them all since 🙂

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