Thursday, May 9, 2013

Up and Coming: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Release Date: June 4th

Emmaline lives in a town that most people only ever come to vacation in. In fact, she and her family rent  condos on Colby Beach to these very people. The summer people only remember the sun, the sand and the shrimp burgers, Emmaline knows her town is much more than that. She knows she's one of the people that the out-of-towners don't take a second look at.
That's not the case for her boyfriend Luke, the summer girls definitely seem to notice him when he's cleaning their pools with no shirt on. That shouldn't bother Emmaline since she knows Luke is an-all-around-good-guy, the type of guy who you can date for three years and still be totally happy with... but something about the girls this summer are getting under her skin. In fact, something about a lot of things this summer are getting to her. Maybe it's the fact that she had her ticket out of there, to Columbia in fact, but now that just seems like another summer day dream.

When Theo rolls in to town with a documentary film crew he seems like something cool and fresh when everything else around her has been suffocatingly stale. When it turns out that Emmaline might just be the key to a successful film, she finally gets the chance to be just as noticeable to a summer person as Luke... but what happens when the summer nights get shorter?

Sarah Dessen is a lot of readers first taste of really great young adult fiction, and there's a good reason - she's been writing it for seventeen years. We were talking recently about what makes her so special, and one of the reasons we came up with is that, unlike a lot of books, in every one of Sarah's you can easily slip into the main character's shoes. Her characters are living in the world we know and deal with difficult families, school stresses and changing friendships. No one is likely to get abducted by a crazed mad man or struck by lightning, but instead Dessen points out that the everyday problems can be just as difficult to deal with. And, on the other side, a kiss or a college acceptance, or simply figuring out what's been holding you back can be more rewarding than winning the lottery. Sarah Dessen writes the good stuff and we love her for it.

If you've never tried a Dessen book before, this is a great one to start with. Once you've been to Colby, you'll want to stay there and, lucky for you, the next book is waiting on our shelves.

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