The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
Author Dessen has written dozens of books. So it’s no real suprise when I say that I really enjoyed her writing and her overall writing style. The plot was inviting. The desciptions were evocative. And the romance was present, but not overwhelmingly son.
Dessen’s words paint a crystal clear image of Colby, of the well-crafted characters, and the entire storyline. Besides this, I swear author Dessen must have transportive powers. Even though I read this during the month of December, a bitterly cold month, while reading I felt as if I were in Colby, with the warm rays hitting my face and the scratchy sand nestling between my toes.
The characters that filled the pages of The Moon and More were all enjoyable, even if they weren’t all likable. Main character Emaline is a girl who knows what she wants, and one who isn’t afraid to go after it. Even if going after it means making a few mistakes. Smart, funny, and self-assured Emaline what every main character should be – realistically flawed, full of emotions, and most all open and honest. Through good and bad choices, readers will root for her the whole way through.
Dessen gives a well rounded view of Emaline’s friends, family, community,and even love interests. But of all of those characters two stood out to me most: Daisy and Morris. They are both great character who work well in the story, as a couple and as individual characters. Daisy is fresh faced and fashion forward. While Morris, who appears to be going nowhere fast, is wise beyond his years. Personally, I wish these two had a book all of their own!
Unfortunately though I didn’t like all of the characters that graced the pages of this book. From the start I wasn’t keen on Emaline’s long term boyfriend Luke. For no particular reason he seemed to rub me the wrong way. It was as if I knew from the start that he would hurt Emaline.
And Theo, the out of towner turned love interest. I liked him alright when he was first introduced, but as the book progressed, and I got to know him as a character, I realized that he too wasn’t very likable. I found him, often times, to be pompous and self-asbsorbed.
While we’re on the subject of characters, Emaline’s coastal town of Colby felt as if it were a character in it’s own right. That’s how present the setting was in this book. Colby and all it’s eclectic residents has personality. Readers will feel instantly welcomed into this close knit community.
As just over four hundred pages Dessen’s The Moon and More was long. And not just in page length. Pacing seemed to be a bit of issue – sometimes reading far too slow for personal tastes. Because of this The Moon and More seemed slower and longer than what it actually was.