Provided via Book Expo America - Publisher: Viking Juvenile - Release Date: 6/4/13
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.
Sarah Dessen grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating with highest honors in Creative Writing. She is the author of several novels, including Someone Like You, Just Listen and Along for the Ride. A motion picture based on her first two books, entitled How to Deal, was released in 2003. Her eleventh novel,The Moon and More, will be published in June 2013. She lives in North Carolina.
In Dessen’s newest addition to her long list of teen fictions, The Moon and More, the main character Emaline is in the waiting stage between high school and college. She struggles with all the things we all did, like whether or not to stay with her long-term boyfriend and leaving her family behind. She also has the added issue of an absentee biological father coming back into the picture.
The Moon and More is the story of Emaline's summer and how she gets over her issues with her father and starts transitioning into an adult. I am usually a huge fan of Dessen’s stories even though I have outgrown the target audience. They always have some parental issue and an epic love story.
In The Moon and More, I thought the parental problems were relatable and good, but I did not at all like the love interest Theo. He annoyed me and I knew that he was a self-obsessed jerk from the very beginning. She tried to paint him as having nice moments, but she failed to make me root for their relationship at any point in the story. I liked her original boyfriend much better and I wish Sarah would have focused more on their relationship.
I think that the fact that Emaline has a father trying to make up for not being there for her as a child resonates with a lot of people in this day and age. It was nice to see how she dealt with her anger over it and eventually came to terms with the way things are instead of hoping for them to be something different.
Overall, I did like The Moon and More, but if I had never read a Dessen story before I probably would not have been so forgiving with the horrible love story.