REVIEW: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Puffin (Penguin)
Acquired: Bought

Summary from Goodreads:

Emaline is spending her last summer before college in her home beach town of Colby. Everything is familiar – from working for her bossy sister Margo at the family rental company to Emaline’s gorgeous (and regularly shirtless) childhood sweetheart, Luke.

But when an out-of-town brash New York filmmaker, and her young assistant Theo, come to stay at one of the beach houses, everything Emaline thought she knew about herself changes.

But can her heart let go of a life she’s loved for so long?



Prior to picking this up, I’d only read one Sarah Dessen book- The Truth About Forever. I’d really enjoyed it and so, after hearing good things about her latest, The Moon and More, I decided to buy it. I’m so glad I did because The Moon and More was a perfect summer read.
The Moon and More is set in the fictional town of Colby and, boy, do I wish it was real! Dessen got the setting just right and I much preferred it to some books that are set in real places.
It’s Emaline’s last summer before she goes off to college, leaving her hometown, Colby, and her family behind. Her life has always had the same familiarities until now. When Ivy, a film maker from New York, and  her assistant, Theo, arrive in Colby everything changes. Suddenly, the summer starts getting busier and busier and Emaline has to face old problems being brought back up.
I really liked Emaline as the main protagonist. The book flowed really well written in her perspective and Dessen had created a consist character. She was the sort of girl that you could easily become friends with and I’d happily read another book about her.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Theo, right from the start. His mannerisms really bugged me and I couldn’t see why Emaline liked him. He was just so annoying!
However, I did like Luke and found him so adorable. I craved the scenes he was in and his interaction with Emaline was just so sweet.
The relationships between the characters was something I really loved. Emaline was so close to her family and it was nice to see a happy family unit, rather than one that has a lot of issues like we see in many YA books.
I completely adored The Moon and More and will definitely be raiding my library for more Sarah Dessen books now.

Lucy Powrie

Lucy Powrie is a blogger, YouTuber and author from the UK. When she's not reading, she enjoys cuddling guinea pigs and eating Oreo chocolate, but let's be real: she's mostly always reading.

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    Pink Lady 631

    12 July, 2013

    Lovely Review Lucy. From what I’ve heard your not the only one who wasn’t a fan of Theo. I’m constantly hearing amazing things about Dessen and recently I was given my first Dessen book so you’ve got me quite excited. It sounds like a great summer read 🙂

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    chrissireads

    12 July, 2013

    I need to read some more Sarah Dessen. Great review 🙂

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    Faye (Daydreaming_Star)

    12 July, 2013

    I have read a few Sarah Dessen books now (I really like The Truth about Forever & Lock & Key) and I’m glad to hear that this one is just as good as her others. I will definitely be making sure I pick this one up soon!
    Great review Lucy 🙂

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    Zoe Crook

    12 July, 2013

    I have this one on my TBR pile and I’m really excited to read it now! I’ve only read one Sarah Dessen book before – Lock & Key – and it was okay but not that best. Her writing is definitely beautiful though 🙂 It sounds the perfect summer read though, I’m planning to take this when I go abroad 🙂

    Great review!

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    Read. Write. Ramble.

    12 July, 2013

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this! Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite authors, so it makes me happy to see other people reading her books for the first time and enjoying them. 🙂
    I hope you read and like more of her books!
    -Rachel

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    Jack Dwyer

    12 July, 2013

    I really want to read this one. It looks like everyone thinks it’s amazin! Glad you liked it Lucy, great review! 🙂

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    Rebekah Campbell

    13 July, 2013

    Haven’t read any Sarah Dessen books but everyone keeps telling me to so maybe it’s time I listened 😛 Fab review, Lucy and I’m so happy you adored the Moon and more!

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    Kazhy

    13 July, 2013

    Lovely review, Lucy! I recently read Just Listen, my first Dessen book, and I’m at a loss as to which book of hers to read next. I was inching towards Along for the Ride but now I think I’ll go with The Moon and More because it sounds like a lighter read.

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    Kerrie

    14 July, 2013

    Great review! This is on my summer reading pile and I am really looking forward to reading it. I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

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    Danielle

    22 July, 2013

    Wow this sounds great! Awesome review, I still can’t believe I haven’t read a Dessen yet! Will check this out! 🙂

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