The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Book Review - The Moon And More

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on June 4th 2013
Purchased copy from Fully Booked
435 pages


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.

“Whatever you need, I will find a way to get it to you. I will give you the moon, and more.”

Emaline has lived in Colby all her life. There, she has a loving family and a perfect boyfriend. But Emaline’s father, and an outsider who’s arrived for the summer, Theo, encourages her to look beyond and seek a brighter future than what Colby offers. Will there ever be an in between when it comes to your home and your future?

Truthfully, when I was in early chapters of The Moon and More, I was anxious and a little bit disinterested. Getting to the middle though, I rediscovered how much I loved Sarah Dessen’s writings. I loved the way Dessen creates such unique characters, the way she makes them relatable, the way she can be sometimes gets philosophical, the way she always emphasizes on the importance of family. I believe that Sarah Dessen is one of the best when it comes to writing perfect summer books.

I really understood Emaline and her worries about college and her future. I’ve carried that weight for the longest time. As I empathized with her, I began liking her character. Another character I liked (well not really but I found him important in the story) was Theo. The attraction to Theo was pretty fast but with the undeniable charm Theo put on the early chapters, I guess it would be pretty hard to resist. Also, Theo symbolized something different, as if Emaline could be a different person when she was with him. I guess that’s why she was drawn to him. Theo and Emaline’s romance was a quick one but it had sparked a change and I couldn’t ask for anything better than the way Sarah Dessen left their relationship because it allowed Emaline to fluorish more.

Emaline’s relationship with Luke was really written well too. I kinda wish they had ended up together but again, I understood why Dessen ended things the way she did At least she left a little hope there though. Aside from Emaline’s romantic relationships, I think it’s important to point out her friends and family. Emaline’s friendship with Morris is my favorite. Morris is lazy and slow but he and Emaline have been there for each other for a long time. I also liked how Morris changes and how he develops as a character. You get to see glimpses of him and you realizes he’s actually a great guy. I think I like him more than I liked Luke or Theo.

Next is family, which I think, really is the center of this book. Despite Emaline being annoyed with her family constantly, you can tell she loves them and that they love her. Her relationship with her mother was perfectly written and you could tell that Dessen wrote it straight from her heart. Her relationship with her biological father though, was a little more angsty. Still, he was essential for Emaline to learn that disappointments are a part of life. Lastly, I liked Emaline and Benji’s brother-sister love. They really got to bond over the summer and I think Benji’s troubles also helped Emaline realize some things. But yeah, I’m just such a sucker for cute kids like Benji.

The Moon and More is a good read and a good reminder that, as Dessen puts it, “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.” With The Moon and More, Sarah Dessen delivers another moving coming-of-age story, of a girl in a small town with big things ahead of her.

Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. blackplume on June 27, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I bought a signed copy of this book but haven’t got the chance to read it yet. If ever it will be the second Sarah Dessen book for me to try. The first one. This Lullaby didn’t make it to my expectations, hopefully this one won’t fail me.

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  3. Marlot Schonewille on December 25, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    This was not my first Sarah Dessen book, but it is my favorite one! I really liked the story :)

  4. Zaira Fernando on December 26, 2013 at 12:36 am

    “I believe that Sarah Dessen is one of the best when it comes to writing perfect summer books.” I agree with that! Looking forward to reading this book. I love Sarah Dessen’s books!

  5. Allen Grace on January 7, 2014 at 6:59 am

    I had read Deb Caletti’s Stay during the summer and it was a compelling novel and I loved it, you might love it as well. I hope you do too. And whilst I haven’t come across with any Sarah Dessen book yet, I am hoping I can have physical copies of That Summer and Someone Like You in my stash before I hit the beach. ;)

  6. Vero on January 8, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I like sarah dessen books are always sweet and realistic, this I have not had chance to read it, I hope to soon

  7. Cali W. on February 3, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Great review. This is not one of my favorite Dessen books, but I thought it was good. Just Listen and Along for the Ride are some of my favorites. ;)

  8. Jane Pauline Hintay on April 1, 2014 at 1:17 am

    I decided to read all of Sarah’s books since her books are perfect for Summer season <3 I liked Truth About Forever, can't wait to read this one!! Thanks for this nice review! :)

  9. lea on January 28, 2015 at 12:32 am

    love this cover!

  10. Lauren @ Bookmark Lit on February 23, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    “I loved the way Dessen creates such unique characters, the way she makes them relatable, the way she can be sometimes gets philosophical, the way she always emphasizes on the importance of family. I believe that Sarah Dessen is one of the best when it comes to writing perfect summer books.” — you’re so right. She blends the best summer setting of Colby with some serious issues as well as family, learning about yourself, working, etc. She’s just one of the best contemporary writers out there. I can’t believe I haven’t gotten to this one yet!

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