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.
Emaline wonders what her life may look like if she leaves her hometown and travels somewhere else. With college starting in the fall, she starts pondering on options outside of her mundane duties. Will she get a taste of something new and different in her familiar world at Colby?
At the beginning, I’m not sure if I’d like Emaline. She seems stubborn and I don’t know whether she genuinely likes her sisters and mother. As the story progresses, I start to understand her a lot better. I admire her loyalty and I like how she looks after her little brother. It’s interesting to see her learn and grow from the various kinds of relationships that she has and I like that she’s matured a lot in the story.
Although I don’t exactly agree on the choices that Emaline makes, I can relate to how she thinks. It’s never an easy thing to forgive and move on but I’m glad that Emaline is not a person who holds grudges.
A story that makes me smile, The Moon And More offers a cast of believable characters that we can relate. There is humor, love and inspiration and I find myself wondering about the types of decisions I could probably have made if I were in the position of Emaline. I like this story and I hope you will too.