Mini Review: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

The Moon and More
Author: Sarah Dessen
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher:Viking Books for Young Readers
Source: Library
Review by: Nahomi
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?

3.5 stars out of 5 stars

As always Sarah Dessen delivers and impeccably written novel full of teenage angst and self-discovery. I found Emaline’s story to be interesting. It’s been a while since I’ve read a story from the perspective of a character that lives on a coastal tourist town. I enjoyed reading about the town and Emaline’s life and the people around her. The characters were multidimensional and had a lot of issues going on, which kept me interested in the story.

The story itself was anticlimactic. I kept waiting for something to happen. I kept reading to see what how it would end and was disappointed. Overall the story is well written and the characters are good but it wasn’t my cup of tea.


  1. I haven't read anything by Sarah Dessen yet, but I see that pretty much all of her books focus on self discovery, and they all have really pretty covers, so they always make me want to just pick one up and read it already,


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