Friday, July 12, 2013

Review: The Moon and More






Title:
The Moon and More
Author: Sarah Dessen
Pages: 435
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 2 cows



Goodreads Description:

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.



The main protagonist is Emaline. It's her last summer before leaving for college. She thinks she's going to have a calm summer with Luke, her boyfriend of three years, and her friends, but nothing goes as planned. Luke cheats on her, she becomes involved with someone who turns out to be not who she thought he was, she loses her relationship with her biological father, grows apart with her mother, and she spends her summer working nonstop. She cannot catch a break.

I was a bit sympathetic about the loss of her relationship with her father but that was about the only reason that kept me from disliking her. I thought she was emotionless and she didn't seem genuine to me. What really annoyed me was how she handled Luke cheating on her. First, she was devastated but within an hour she was kissing someone else and had completely forgotten all about Luke. Her three year long relationship clearly meant a lot to her. She was also so inconsiderate with her parents. She would stay out until six in the morning with Theo and treated her mother rather rudely.

I think what really ruined the book was the lack of romance. There was no guy to swoon over! Luke was nice and all but he did cheat. And then there's Theo who was just plain annoying. At first he seemed like a nice and dorky guy (I have a soft spot for that type) but he turned out to be an arrogant obnoxious jerk. I really needed a guy to swoon over.

I didn't actually like any of the characters but I didn't hate them. They were just blah actually I take that back. I did love Benji, Emaline's half brother. He was adorable and I felt so bad for him. I also found the storyline boring. I remember being on page 421 and wondering when it was going to pick up. With all that being said it was the Best Worst Book Written By Sarah Dessen and if you read it you'll understand what I did there :-). I know a lot of people are happy Dessen ventured out of her comfort zone but I disagree. Stay with what you know and what you're good at! The Moon and More was a disappointment and I'm crossing my fingers that she'll go back to her old route for her next novel.



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