Title: The Moon and More
Author: Sarah Dessen
Genre: Romance, Young Adult
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This reminds me of my work! I currently work for a management company so this business is very familiar to me. My family also vacations at a summer house in North Carolina so this was ultra nostalgic to me. But even that couldn’t save this book.
This book starts out strong with our girl Emaline getting ready for her last summer as a high schooler before she runs off to college. But things get stirred up when her real father tries to step back into her life. Things get even more murky when Luke and her end up on a break and she ends up hooking up with some new guy named Theo. This soft romance novel is definitely another classic for Sarah Dessen but I felt the plot failed us in the end.
Don’t establish one as Father and the other as Dad then use them interchangeably. They are not in fact interchangeable which let to my confusion being increased ten fold! I call my real dad, Father, and stepdad, Dad, as well so this inconsistency really annoyed me.
I did not like the negativity toward having a high school love and staying with them. I felt a similar tone with Margot in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Staying with your high school love AFTER high school isn’t a bad thing?? Why is this becoming a trope? I’m married to my first love and am the happiest I’ve ever been.
I loved our main girl, Emaline! She went through so much in such a short time and came out ahead in the end. She was always so kind and just confused that I really empathized with her.
Emaline and Benji’s relationship was so pure! It was so nice to see a girl and her little brother have such a nice budding relationship and they really got along together. She knew exactly how to take care of him it was so nice and refreshing.
This was a great summer novel. I can now check this off of any reading games I am playing across social media.
My similar recommendation for this novel would be anything else written by Sarah Dessen.
“She said nothing to this as she pushed the door open, revealing Amber, her now-blonde head buried under the covers. We walked over to the bed, where my mom nudged her aside, making a narrow space for us to share. She pulled up the comforter over our legs, handed me my coffee, and we were settled in.”