If you have read even one post on this blog, you probably know that I’m kind obsessed with Sarah Dessen. Last night I accomplished one of my life dreams: meeting her in person. She was just as fabulous and sweet as she is on Twitter—and so funny! Barnes & Noble held a YA author panel where they answered questions and then signed books. It was amazing. Here’s me creeping… I got so lucky to get there around 6:30 and still get a seat towards the back.
Obvs I buy her books as soon as they hit stores and The Moon and More (out next Tuesday) was no exception, which is why it breaks my heart to say that this one just didn’t do it for me. The book is set in Colby, a small touristy beach town that has popped up in a few of her other books. The difference with TMAM is that the protagonist, Emaline, isn’t a visiting tourist but was born and raised there. After graduating from high school, Emaline yearns for one last amazing summer before she heads off to college a few hours away. What she gets instead is a summer full of surprises. With her in-and-out dad there to stay, the biggest breakup of the century, and the new hipster living in the rented beach house down the street, Emaline toes the line between girl and woman as she strains to break free of the roots that make her who she is. I could definitely relate to the feeling of being a local in a tourist town, which I think she captured perfectly. The book captures that whimsy summer feeling of missing something before it’s gone so perfectly, but I just wasn’t enthralled with the character connections like I usually am. Perhaps because I will be forever in love with Dexter and Wes? Maybe. It’s a must for the diehard Dessen fan, but a skip if you’re looking for an amazing YA summer read. If you’re new to Dessen, start with The Truth About Forever, This Lullaby, or Someone Like You. Best read in a hammock with a milkshake.
PS – Someday I have to post the original old school covers of her early books. The new ones are beautiful, but the old ones will always be my favorites.