Review: The Moon and More {Sarah Dessen}

Written by Sarah Dessen
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Luke is the perfect boyfriend. He and Emaline have been together all through high-school in the beach town of Colby, where they grew up. But now it's the summer before college and Emaline has to decide what perfect really means. Enter Theo, an ambitious New Yorker who comes to town to assist on a documentary on a local artist. He's smart, sophisticated and definitely not a local. And best of all, he thinks Emaline is too good for Colby. And so does her mostly-absentee father, who is convinced that an Ivy League education is the only way she can be happy. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that both of them promise, but she also clings to her family and the town she's always called home. Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she's from with where she's going?

The way Sarah Dessen stories unfold and the way she develops not only her central characters but the secondary ones too is fantastic. But there was something missing here. I liked this book, but I didn't love it. Which is a Sarah Dessen first for me. 

Emaline was a great narrator. She was sweet and relatable and I really enjoyed her journey. But at times I just wanted to shake her. It was her last summer before college and she pretty much neglected spending any time with her family so she could hang out with Theo. I mean, seriously, blood before bros, Emaline!

Speaking of Theo: no. One of the main reasons (okay, THE main reason) I didn't love this book was Theo. He was just awful: over-the-top and completely pompous. And he could be so rude. He really looked down on Colby (and Emaline, at times) and I just kept hoping he would disappear and we'd see more of Luke. Because him I liked. Unfortunately for me, he rarely made an appearance.

Someone who did was Emaline's biological father, who comes to town for the summer. And I wish we didn't get to see him as much. I wanted to karate-chop him whenever he opened his mouth. When Emaline finally stood up to him I totally Hallelujah-ed. Out loud.

Though this was definitely a fun summer read, in the end this book just didn't deliver the moon and more. The main problem was that we saw more of the annoying characters than the endearing ones. I wanted more Morris and Daisy. More of Emaline's stepdad and his DIY-obsession. I wanted more Luke and Benji and Clyde. What I got instead was a whole lot of Theo and Emaline's father - both of whom I wanted to punch in the face.

"It takes so little to change everything."


Allie has planned out a trio of marvellous desserts for Valentine's weekend. She'll be baking up a storm for love day! And that's not just a metaphor, because when she bakes, the kitchen ends up looking like it's been hit by a hurricane. But hey, the sugar makes the clean-up all worth while.


  1. K Marie6/18/2013

    I want to read this sooooo badly! I don't read a lot of contemporary but Sarah Dessen books are always fantastic. And I agree with you about the cover. It's not bad but I thought her older ones were way better *cough, cough Dreamland*!

    K @ My Favorite Escape

  2. Sarah Dessen is the queen of YA - you shoudl definitely check this out because it is a good book in itself . It's just not as amazing as her previous stories - I mean, HELLO This Lullaby. *Sighs* Oh, Dexter.

  3. I'm sorry this one wasn't everything you hoped for but I'm so glad to see that you still were able to enjoy it. I've only read one book by the other and I didn't love it but I look forward to trying this one out! :)